I firmly believe that embracing your comparative advantages is the best-possible thing you can do for this world. It’s not that you should give up on your weaknesses, per se, but finding out what you’re good at, and continuing to excel in these endeavors, means that you are often more satisfied, and that the world is getting better expertise.
It’s part of my moral duty, as a human, to find what I love and am good at and pursue those skills accordingly. When you choose to do what you love, and not just want you think you should love, you tend to succeed more than those who are less passionate in those particular fields. Moreover, by doing what you love, you come alive; you’re frankly a bigger, more exciting, more loving, more lovable person, who shines a light upon others in the best-possible incarnation of the Puritans’ beacon upon a hill.
I’ve always done my best work, and been happiest, when I pursued what I loved. In high school, it was music, journalism, and Y&G; in college, it was music (and still Y&G); after college, it was music, and sometimes Y&G, and always teaching; and today, I am ridiculously blessed to study what I find fascinating, and still get to keep music. Even if these activities may have exacerbated my GPA in my formative years, they helped me be happy, and they helped me catalyze community. And (unless I can’t even get OCI next year), that’s all that really matters.