Last week I wrote a guest post for Untemplater: Work Where You Want, Live How You Want, Be Who You Want To Be. I was really impressed with the thoughtful and insightful comments. Below is an excerpt. You can read the full post here.
Shaquille O’Neal is more than seven-feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and has missed more free throws than any other player in the history of the NBA. Because of this weakness, he has spent endless hours working with coaches to improve his skills. And he is still terrible.
He’s so bad at free throws that other teams have developed a strategy for capitalizing on his weakness. They call it Hack-A-Shaq. They foul him before he has the opportunity to shoot so that he will have to score his points from the free throw line.
Since other teams implemented this strategy, O’Neal has led two different teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat, to four NBA championships and has been an All-Star in each year of his career. In other words, Shaquille is one of the best basketball players of all-time, even though he is the worst free-throw shooter of all time. Actually, another player holds the record for the lowest free-throw percentage. His name is Wilt Chamberlain and he’s widely considered to be the greatest player in NBA history. . .
Read on to find out how Brett Favre and Michael Jordan demonstrate that excellence requires you to amplify your strengths and allow your weaknesses to get even worse.
How are your strengths related to your weaknesses? Are you the best in one area because you are the worst in another?
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