"Our Strength grows out of our Weakness."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is one of those pet peeves of mine. It irks me whenever I hear this advise. Its not that I dislike the saying, its just that for years this has been misinterpreted and misrepresented by pop culture. This has been further regurgitated by the self-help marketplace. Go ahead type it into Google and see what comes up. Mostly self-help stuff.
The pop culture idea usually shows up something like this. There are two characters that are going to face off. One is a physically superior specimen. The other is not. In fact, the second guy is usually a physically inferior creature who, however, is smart and/or clever. The smart character then feels defeated before the conflict starts. He then hears the sage advise of "Make your weakness a strength" and he comes up with some clever way to turn his physical weakness into an weird, creative, but preposterous advantageous outcome. Sound familiar? It should, its been repeated lots of times in lots of different ways.
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