I heard a true life experience about a corporate trainer who was having a miserable time dealing with her job. She was not hired to do that work, but rather she inherited the training responsibility when she was promoted. To hear her tell it it has never been easy for her even though she knows her subject well. She told me that she would have been happier and more productive in what she had done before.
She gave me her handwriting to look at as well as her StrengthsFinder Profile result. I looked at her writing first and was not surprised to find attention to detail, organizational ability, desire for routine work and a need to work on her own. Her SF Profile report confirmed that her strengths (or the potential to develop them) rested far from being in the public eye and having to communicate verbally in front of people every day.
She made perfect sense when she spoke and was fluent enough but she said she had difficulty analyzing what people needed to know or answering complex questions. She never came to be at ease with it so the work just wore her out. The boss expected her to improve beyond reading from a script. She wanted to run away and no amount of coaching was helping.
It reminded me of a situation I was in some years ago. I worked in a classy retail boutique selling both old and new merchandise. Since the interworkings of the place were complex the store owner had a man write a special computer program to handle the complicated transactions that came up. The trouble was that no printed manual was available. I suggested that we needed one for future hires who would not have the training we had gotten. The logical person to write it was the woman who was sharpest on the computer. She knew the program backwards.
I spoke to her about it and she quickly replied that she could never do it. "I know it all but I can't teach it." She said, "I cannot analyze or anticipate what others might need to know to get past a snag. I just do it but I cannot write out the steps. My mind just doesn't go that way."
She was a wonderful worker, great with customers and sold very well in a low key way. Thinking back I see that she knew exactly what she could do well and that is where she concentrated her efforts. Her nonstrengths were clear to her too. She knew enough not to waste time and effort trying to master or fix them.
You can never achieve excellence by working on weaknesses. Instead, find out what you find easy to do, what you like to do, even yearn to do and then find a way to do it. If you dread doing something it is not one of your talents or themes. A true talent makes you want to do more and more of it and you find yourself saying, "How soon can I do this again?" That might be a good test for the job you are in.