6 Ways to Transform Weaknesses Into Strengths

This is an adapted version of my Fairygodboss article.

We each have our weaknesses, but that doesn’t make us weak. And the good thing is there are ways to turn each weakness into a strength. First, be honest with yourself about what your weaknesses are. Then, begin working on them.

Here are some key ways you can transform your weaknesses into strengths:

1. Appreciate your vulnerabilities.
Oftentimes, one's vulnerabilities are seen as shortcomings or soft spots, but that is not necessarily the case. It’s true that vulnerabilities are raw and messy. But where there are vulnerabilities, there is also depth and truth. There is openness and honesty. There is opportunity!

2. Face your fears.
Admit that you are afraid.  Then, decide how you can and will deal with that fear. Instead of letting your fears take over you, take a leap of faith and take over your fears. You will likely find out you can do more than you had ever thought possible — and enjoy yourself while doing it.

3. Grow from your mistakes.
No one is perfect. If you are human, you have made a mistake or two (or a few… but who’s counting?). What one does after making a mistake is what sets apart those who want to challenge themselves to change and those who will remain complacent and continue making the same mistakes. Don’t be complacent, but also, don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn from your mistakes. Perceive them as lessons learned or growing pains. Chances are you will come out a better version of yourself than if you had never made the mistake at all.

4. Embrace your discomfort.
Recognize what makes you feel uncomfortable. Find out why that is figure out what do about it. You'll want to channel that discomfort that’s keeping you from doing something you’re interested in into a discomfort that will push you to try something new. Apply that to everyday scenarios, and see what great change comes of it.

5. Celebrate your differences.
Don’t shy away from what makes you stand out; instead, highlight it. While having similarities is important, differences make us each unique. There is value in not blending in and instead standing out. Having new and different ideas, varying perspectives, and ways of being can foster more productivity and creativity. 

6. Take good care of yourself.
This is sort of a catch-all for whatever other more specific weaknesses you might have (i.e. unhealthy indulgences and/or bad habits). We are all works in progress, but life is not limitless. Tune into your weaknesses and use them as fuel for self-care for your mind, body, and spirit. Only then can you begin to live a life guided by good and positivity!


  1. Thank you for this sweet friend! I think these are things that we all struggle with and it's so important to embrace and realize that they are important.

  2. I love the idea for this post! It really encourages internal thought. Thanks for the opportunity!