Why identifying weaknesses can become your biggest strength

Drew Mitchell talks about having courage to ask for help both as an athlete and in business.

25 October 2018

One of the best things Drew Mitchell learned playing professional rugby was the ability to identify and discuss weaknesses.

“Throughout my whole career there was no hiding from my weaknesses, be it commentators, fans, journalists, my peers as well,” Mitchell said.

“You’d go into a team meeting and there’s nothing more confronting than being in front of your peers and being confronted by teammates about what happened in a game.”

“There’s no hiding from that, and it might feel uncomfortable at the time and you get exposed, but you know it’s not to embarrass you.”

“It’s about how to make sure we get you not to make the same decision or error if presented the same opportunity going forward.”

Mitchell is now the Australian GM of fitness marketplace business, ESquared Fitness, and being able to recognise his weaknesses has now become his biggest strength.

“I get strength from identifying my weaknesses and asking people to help,” Mitchell said.

“There’s no shame in that - there’s more shame in trying to hide my weakness and doing a really sub-par performance rather than being ok with asking for help to do the task or the understanding of how I can do it better.”

Listen to the full conversation between Mark Bouris and Drew Mitchell on The Mentor podcast here.