Your response to this question is more important than you’d think, “what are your weaknesses?”
It could possibly cost you that new position or potential client relationship!
Answer this silently in your head right now… What are your weaknesses?
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I hope you answered wisely, because to your potential employers and clients you shouldn’t have any.
And what if I told you that you actually don’t have any weaknesses?…
You don’t have any weaknesses
Flashback to when I was in high school attending my technical career center half-day: I remember we spent some time building resumes and learning how to successfully attend an interview.
My biggest takeaway from that experience was the idea that I don’t have any weaknesses, only things that I could improve on.
Which when looked at in the right perspective is 100% true.
There’s nothing you can’t do. You can do it all if you choose to.
I’m a graphic designer. I choose to be a “designer”, because my development skills aren’t the best. I can code and develop when I need to, but I don’t have a passion for it.
I’m not going to tell potential clients that my weakness is in website development, because it’s not. It could use improving, but it certainly is not a weakness that will hold me back.
You don’t have to be dishonest about what you can do either. If you’d feel more comfortable being up front about things just explain, “I’ve never worked with this particular thing before, but I’m confident that I can figure it out and I’d be very excited to dig into it to help you realize your vision.”
Never doubt yourself and stay positive
The worst thing you can do to yourself is feel fear and admit that you’re weak in areas.
Entertaining fears and negative thoughts won’t do you any good. It will just trip you up and prevent you from making progress towards the goals you’ve set for yourself.
It’s important to have the mindset that you have no weaknesses, because you don’t!
As creative professionals we have the vexing privilege of working on new and exciting projects all the time. No two projects will ever be the same, and so you’ll never feel completely prepared.
Always be careful to not bite off more than you can chew, learn your limits, but get comfortable with pushing those boundaries and testing the outer limits of your strengths and abilities.
If you’re not learning something new from an experience, what’s the point? Things will just become dull, repetitive and boring.
Remember: always stay positive, and be ready to answer the question, “what are your weaknesses” with, “I have no weaknesses, only things that I can improve on.”
Let’s hear from you…
Since I know you have no weaknesses, share what you feel you could improve on in the comments on this post!
There are a lot of brilliant readers here willing to help if needed – including the GDB team! :)