We think we’re honest about ourselves, but let’s admit, it’s hard to be absolutely honest. Truthfully, if we assessed ourselves without any filter we’d find more shortcomings than we want to think about. Weaknesses abound and it’s easy to focus on them especially if we’re not getting feedback that can help.
But there’s another side: our strengths. Part of self assessment is knowing what you’re good at. It’s not arrogance, it’s confidence. It’s being ruthlessly objective with ourselves and knowing how to best play to those strengths. One facet of playing to strengths is knowing where to go for help for those weaknesses we have or those areas where we are simply just not as strong.
Understanding our weaknesses and being honest about them is actually the most critical strength/characteristic we can have.