I was sitting down with my perfectly popped bowl of popcorn to enjoy my weekend movie, The King’s Speech, and instead of just being able to enjoy the inspiring blockbuster, I had to jump on my computer to start typing.
In the movie, the Duke of York is involuntarily thrust into the position of king. He is crowned King George VI and is faced with the challenge of leading his nation into WWII while struggling to communicate with his people. He has a severe stuttering problem and struggles to give speeches, delivering important information and propagation to his nation. He hires an unorthodox speech therapist to help him become the king that his people expect him to be.
Even Superman Had Kryptonite
Today, not many people are forced into a particular job title, but within every job, there are multiple responsibilities expected of those who hold the position. Often times, in an interview, we must convince our potential employers that we possess all the qualities needed to succeed at a particular position, even if some of those particular qualities are stronger than others.
Many companies will ask in their interviews if you know your own strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect in every aspect, but what nullifies our Kryptonite is how we are able to work towards strengthening our weaknesses. In the movie, the king put countless hours into preparing for one speech, but the progress and eloquence that came from that speech demanded respect from a whole nation.
Thor Used a Hammer
As with every hero of every story, there are certain tools available to assist in their success. In The King’s Speech, many of the tools given made small progresses, but weren’t enough to help the larger discrepancies. The King had to explore many approaches to overcome his speech impediment before being able to speak without one.
Knowing your weaknesses and humbly working to strengthen them will be recognized and respected. No one is expected to come into a job position being able to do everything well. Usually, you’ll be working with a team who is there to help you acclimate to the work environment and help to steer your effort down the most profitable path. Use the people and tools presented to you to be comfortable in your discomfort.
Back to Reality
You may never feel completely comfortable in your weaknesses. Overcoming obstacles takes a lot of practice, determination and desire—all of which are revered and sought after qualities for any job position. Showing that you have the ability to overcome those obstacles is strength in itself!