Use What You’ve Got

I was vegging out watching TV last night and stumbled across an old rerun of Scrubs in which Michael J. Fox played a talented surgeon who also happens to struggle with severe OCD.

In the course of mentoring the younger doctors, he basically tells them to use what they’ve got. His OCD compelled him to read textbooks and review procedures and techniques over and over and over again. The repetition may have been out of his control, but he could still make the most of where it was applied. In the end, all that practice had made him a better doctor.

[ It’s also interesting to note that, as an actor, Michael J. Fox found a way to make use of the ticks and spasms of Parkinson’s – and his emotional struggle with the disease – in playing a character with OCD. ]

You may not always feel like you have the right stuff to succeed in business, especially the administrative part. But you do. What you perceive as your weaknesses can be used to your advantage. Use them as tools instead of excuses. If you can do so, they will end being the talents that distinguish you in your profession (and I mean that in a good way).

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