The Myth of Strengths – Superman and Goliath

A lot of people like to pretend like they don’t have any weaknesses. They parade their strengths and neglect or hide their weaknesses.

You know the interesting thing about Superman? It isn’t that he’s Godlike with his powers. The interesting thing is that putting a green rock (Kryptonite) near him will level the playing field. Essentially he needs this weakness or else he’s boring. Who want’s to read a comic or watch a movie about a hero with no weaknesses? If he can’t lose or at least occasionally have a tough time, then what’s the point?

On a similar level, we need our weaknesses.

It’s impossible to improve unless you’re honest with yourself. Most people never take the time to understand what their strengths and weaknesses are. So we meander around unsure about what we should focus our attention on.

Further proof: – Ever heard of Goliath? As in David and Goliath? Goliath was apparently close to 7 feet tall and built like a brick you know what. The Philistines and the Israelites were facing off for a battle on opposite sides of a gorge. Goliath challenges any Israelite to a duel. Single combat to decide winner takes all. Everyone just sees this huge giant with heavy armour. No one has the guts. A shepherd named David volunteers to face Goliath. Naturally, everyone sees this young boy with a stick and thinks the worst. The problem? Goliath is wearing heavy bronze armour and David is just wearing his shepherd robes. He’s fast and Goliath is slow. David runs at Goliath and with a leather sling launches a rock at Goliath’s forehead. He knocks him down (a bit like being shot with a gun when you think about a catapult and a solid rock). He picks up Goliath’s sword and chops off his head. The underdog wins!! But he wasn’t though really was he? The difference? Goliath allowed his strengths to blind him from his weaknesses. David didn’t have that problem. All the strengths in the world won’t help you if you’re oblivious to your weaknesses.


Being honest with myself? I’m young. I have a million and one things that I need to improve on. But rather than look at this as a negative, it’s actually an opportunity.

The final step is to recognise that the journey never ends. If you think you’ve reached some endpoint where you know it all or don’t have any weaknesses? You’re delusional. Growth is an opportunity. It starts with being honest with yourself. So embrace it.

Check out the below resources. They’re a good help in identifying your strengths and weaknesses:-

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