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Discussion: Thoughts on a quote

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 23, 2021 4:47 PM # 
This quote from James Clear today:
"Don't over-improve your weaknesses. If you're not good at something, work on it until it no longer prevents your progress, but the bulk of your time is better spent maximizing your strengths."

Thoughts on application of this quote to orienteering training and development? Discuss.
Dec 23, 2021 7:14 PM # 
It's certainly not the advice given to triathletes on how to improve. The weakest discipline (e.g., swimming for most of us land-sport devotees) is the venue in which the greatest improvements can be reaped.
Dec 23, 2021 8:20 PM # 
Yeah, it depends on the nature of your endeavor. Some things are subject to the "chain is only as strong as its weakest link" problem. If you navigate badly, but you're really fast, getting to the point where your navigation is passable and then working to get even faster may not be the best approach. And vice versa.
Dec 23, 2021 11:26 PM # 
This is a great discussion point. And now I'm assessing myself.
Dec 24, 2021 12:38 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
The saying that I use is 'work on your weaknesses but don't forget your strengths' *updated
Dec 24, 2021 12:39 AM # 
When coaching I usually say something like "train to your weaknesses, but race to your strengths."
Dec 24, 2021 12:43 AM # 
jjcote says "...getting to the point where your navigation is passable..." and the quote says "...until it no longer prevents your progress." Are those the same thing?
Dec 24, 2021 1:23 AM # 
Compare these two:

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."


"The great is the worst enemy of the good."

Which one you like better?
Dec 24, 2021 1:47 AM # 
There's always a simple, obvious answer to a complex issue. And it's wrong.
Dec 24, 2021 2:29 AM # 
In orienteering, work, and life I think we’d often gain more by understanding / analyzing / identifying what makes the good parts good, and how to do more of that.
Dec 24, 2021 5:22 AM # 
Jim's main weakness is his obsession with putting apostrophes in the wrong place.
Dec 24, 2021 6:12 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
or is that auto correct ;)

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