You Can’t be Good at Everything Everywhere All at Once

Jeremy Sutton, PhD
2 min readApr 26, 2023
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What if trying to be good at everything is a big mistake?

Experts in strength-based theory tell us we should invest time and energy in our personalized strengths rather than aiming to be great at everything — ending up mediocre at best.

Clinical evidence finds that clients are most animated and appear happiest when asked about their strengths. And when encouraged to use them in tough situations to overcome obstacles, clients change for the better.

Strengths-based theory is not only based on anecdotal evidence from treatment — the data backs it up. Over 30 years of research at Gallup has found that the highest achievers:

  • Spend most of their time using their strengths, particularly in overcoming obstacles
  • Focus on finding ways to apply their strengths while managing their weaknesses
  • Invent novel ways of capitalizing on their strengths in new situations
  • Partner with others to tackle their weaknesses

And it is vital.

Awareness and maintenance of strengths can boost our wellbeing, relationships, and performance inside and outside the workplace.

To find out more about identifying and using your strengths, check out the articles below:



Jeremy Sutton, PhD

Positive & performance psychologist, University of Liverpool lecturer, Owner/Coach