"I do. Just wondering if you actually worked on your voice muscles. Yes. I do I do squats with my boys muscle in squadron. Michael Hartill is a chiropractic physician in Fort, Wayne, Indiana. He wasn't always strong when I was in high school. I could barely bench one thirty five. But for the last twenty years, he's basically been the hunk. He's won a national title in the bench press, his personal bests came in two thousand six how much did you let five hundred thirty five pounds, which is to forty two point five kilos. Oh my gosh. I mean, you basically benched a baby elephants. Yes, sir. Exactly. Powerlifters know something that many amateurs, don't you're at your strongest when you're well rounded than the gym. What you hate the most is you what you need the most and some people at the gym are a little lopsided. You might go into Jimmy look at someone and you see him from the waist up there. Very developed a got them big chest, big shoulders big packs and everything else. Then also you see they're skinny little toothpick legs. That's how easily a very undeveloped a person or a wrong person should develop the whole body at if you push that to the extreme is is there an injury risk. Oh much. Yeah. Very much. So do you think that this is not just the metaphor? But that it's true in our lives that the same way you can over develop one muscle, and you know, and underdeveloped another do you kinda see your job that way too? We all the time. I mean, you can see it in the academic role of natural role relationship wise that if you always focus on one part of it and not the whole global pitcher. You're gonna have issues if you're a powerlifter, you can't get stronger if you don't work on your weakest muscles. You've probably been told the same thing at work you have to fix your weaknesses. But it's a mistake to just focus on what's weakest great things can happen. If you have the chance to build on your strengths. I'm Adam grant, and this is work life my podcast with Ted. I'm an organizational psychologist a study how to make work not suck this show inviting myself inside the minds of some truly unusual people because they've mastered. Something I wish everyone knew about work today. Strengths at work how and when we're at our best. Thanks J P Morgan Chase for sponsoring this episode. When it's performance review time at work. How does the conversation usually go your boss probably says some version of? Yeah. You did a great job in this one task. But what we really need to talk about our your areas for improvement. Psychologists have found that for many of us bad tends to loom larger than good. So your boss tells you you have a weakness, and boom, that's all you can think about and this starts long before you have a job beginning very early in kindergarten all the way up through school and college and so forth, and then perpetuated in the workplace, Marcus Buckingham is an author and consultant and so for long time we taught that we should be zeroing in on all weaknesses in. Now. That's remediation remediation the idea that we can examine our weaknesses and take concrete steps to fix them. We live in a remedial world Ola punishment Donna, but we live. We're living in a remedial world. But remediation is really just a way to help people go from bad to average at a particular activity. You don't remediate you away to excellence? And in fact, if you're not really careful you get people's minds thinking much more about failure prevention than about soaring. No one has ever excelled because they stopped making grammatical errors in their writing Marcus started his career at the research firm Gallup, I love anything people that are really good at what they do. Like, my first job galette was on building an interview to select that housekeepers I want to go. Holy moly. Vacuum yourself out of a room every day, and you make a scene for the guests with the fluffy toys on the bed every day any job done an excellence is amazing to me. Burqas started to recognize that any job done an excellent wasn't because people spend all their time trying to repair their weaknesses. It was usually because someone was working from a natural or developed strength. A strength is more than a scaling technical proficiency like working with numbers or using a certain kind of tool, your strengths, are broader aptitudes you have or build for solving problems getting things done influencing people or developing relationships, Marcus played a major role in lodging an influential movement around y workplaces should emphasize strengths all messages to be you'll not broken. But you're not amazing yet and the for the question should be. How can you be amazing? Now, huge employers like Facebook and McKinsey call themselves strength space, the basic ideas that when we do something unusually, well, we should focus on learning to repeat it we should play to our strength and manage around our weaknesses in his research, Marcus found that one of the key signs of a great manager is a clear focus on recognizing and developing people strikes. But he's concerned that most of us don't get to use our strengths enough at work right now sixteen seventeen percent of people saying they have a chance to what they do best every day. We just finished this nineteen country study looking at that question around the world. It's that's not a big number in China at six percent."