Learn From The Smartest Millionaire Minds in Business

Focus On Your Strengths That Will Make You Successful

Focus on your strengths if you’d like to be successful, whether in life or in business, despite what you’ve been taught about living a life of purpose.

Some people think it may be counterintuitive, and feel that they have to fix their weaknesses before they can become successful, but that isn’t true at all.

World-class Speaker, Trainer, and Author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker also believed this lie for a long time while he was struggling to achieve and maintain any reasonable level of success and happiness.

However, what he learned while battling his way to the top was to surrender to his strengths and manage his weaknesses effectively, which resulted in his inevitable, lasting wealth and success.

Let’s explore Harv’s perspective on how to focus on your strengths to bring out the best in you.

Focus on Your Strengths in Business

According to Harv, you’ll find two kinds of people in this world: starters and finishers.

When something grabs your attention quickly, and you soon lose interest or focus, the reason for that is probably because you’re a starter.

Now some of you may be thinking…”Oh my god, I’m not a finisher?!”

It’s okay, take a breath.

It isn’t the worst thing you could possibly be in this world, says Harv.

According to him, the worst thing would be to not be a starter at all.

What good is anything if you never start with it?

Some people are simply drawn to new things.

They’re only able to focus their attention for short periods of time.

Tedious work and extended projects are simply not their thing.

And neither is routine or enjoying one thing at a time.

They have very active minds, and they like the multitasking element that accompanies lots of stimulation.

Harv happens to be one of these people.

So, does Harv love month seven of writing a book?

No, he certainly doesn’t.

However, the concept of writing outlines for multiple courses and books really appeals to him.

That’s great.

Something new here, and something new there, that’s Harv.

The quality of your life is determined by the focus of your attention. -T. Harv Eker

Starters vs. Finishers

Where do you fit in?

As a starter or as a finisher?

Are you someone who enjoys change?

Do you prefer routine or do you like newness?

You have to know yourself and know your preferences so that you don’t have something to beat yourself up about, Harv insists.

When you know who and what you are, you can focus on your strengths instead of staying focused on your weaknesses and risking never achieving anything.

At this time you might be thinking… “I am obviously a new person who likes a lot of change. That’s not helping me. I’m still not finishing. I’m still not focusing.”

At the very least, you understand better now that this is contrary to your ‘normal personality’ which begs the question… “How do you focus on your strengths?”

How do you do the things that take advantage of, and embrace your personality that prefers new things and change-ups rather than focusing too much on your weaknesses?

Harv reckons it starts with figuring out what you are doing.

What do you endeavor to take on?

Do you take on routine-type work and projects?

Because if so, it’ll be a problem, cautions Harv.

You might be saying… “I have a business and I want to do well, so I’ve got to do all of it, right?”

Sure, all of it must get done, but Harv argues that if you already have, or can get other people working with you in your business, you could be the ‘idea-person’ and allow someone else to be the ‘executor person’ for those ideas.

Perhaps you embody the definition of a true entrepreneur.

Know yourself and focus on your strengths.

Be great at that, and be really okay with that.

Know who you are and play to your strengths. -T. Harv Eker

3 Tips to Improve on Being a Starter and a Finisher

Remember this phrase that Harv echoes to all his students...

"You are your habits and how you do anything is how you do everything."

First, make sure you’re doing what you really like to do.

Get your creative juices flowing in a way that suits you best.

It will serve you well to focus on your strengths and to also be prepared to learn something new.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do, and what you love is not limited when you’re willing to unlock your hidden talents and expand your focus on complementary aspects, says Harv.

Second, you must exercise some discipline.

Make what you’re doing a priority, Harv emphasizes, and only allow yourself to move on to the next thing until you’ve completed your first thing.

An excellent way to help you with this is by using the Big Rocks Method.

Finally, get to the bottom of why you don’t finish what you start.

If you’d like to improve on this habit, then consider why you’re being self-sabotaging even when you say you’d like to do something.

What fear may be behind this?

Could it be fear of failing or fear of succeeding?

It’s much easier to lose focus and to not finish what you started, according to Harv.

This way there’s no worry about success or failure, yes?

The truth is that, whether you’re a starter or a finisher, seasoned or a novice, you are good enough to start and finish strong, as well as succeed if you’re willing to make fear work for you as fuel for your burning desire.

practice & exercise

How to Focus on Your Strengths

Here’s an exercise that Harv suggests to help you get better at putting focus on your strengths and on anything that requires your attention if you’re tired of feeling stuck.

Practice how to focus.

Practice focusing on something for one hour a day.

And if you don’t have an hour, then do only 15 minutes, Harv adds.

Once you’ve completed your ‘focus practice’, journal your experience.

Write down what you felt like while doing this exercise and honing in on a specific something.

Because once you become even a little more at ease with doing this, you’ll start doing it more often.

When you can do this for one day, then you can do it for 21 days.

And if you can do it for 21 days, then focusing can become a great habit for you!

Practice makes permanent! –T. Harv Eker

Conclusion: Focus On Your Strengths to Help People

If you spend your time focusing on your weaknesses in business or in life, you won’t enjoy the success and happiness you truly deserve to have.

But if you focus on your strengths and if you manage your weaknesses to improve your character overall, that habit will cascade into everything else you do.

The actions you take, the choices you make, and the situations you get yourself involved in when you focus on your strengths, will be in alignment with what you’re meant to be doing and who you truly are.

And this results in living a life of meaning and purpose, energized by the consistent motivation to stay the course.

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Frequently Asked Questions About How To Focus On Your Strengths

Has your Mind ever wondered…

Why is focusing on strengths and weaknesses important?

It’s important to focus on your strengths, and not on your weaknesses.

You can manage your weaknesses by improving your habits around the aspects of yourself that require enhancement.

And if you’d like to be successful, wealthy, and happy, it’s best to focus on your strengths to get started.

One of the biggest reasons behind this is that you can only do great work by doing what you love.

What does it mean to focus on your strengths?

Your strengths are aligned with your natural talents, your passions, and your purpose in life.

They are those aspects of your character that enliven, excite, and invigorate you with the sustained energy to keep going with confidence.

To focus on your strengths is to know yourself and allow yourself to be truly who you are, regardless of what your weaknesses might be.

You give everything in your life its meaning, and to focus on weaknesses will simply weaken you and what you contribute to this world.

Who wouldn’t like to make an impact, leave a legacy, and live a life of wealth, happiness, and fulfillment? 

When you focus on your strengths, you can help people solve problems with what you’re good or great at and profit from it!

Why is it important to use your strengths?

How else will you build the life and the business you desire?

Certainly not by focusing on your weaknesses!


Focus on your strengths as within them rests the talents, passions, and life purpose that will make you rich if you choose to help people solve problems at a profit by doing what you love and are great at.

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