When I was in primary and secondary school, I was sent for weekly Chinese enrichment classes because my grades could barely make it.

I vividly recall that I once scored 9 out of 100 for a Chinese written paper – the lowest score in my entire class. It was one of those times when my mum would nag at me and my Chinese teacher would make me re-write a chapter from the textbook ten times over in what was known as 练笔练字.

Instead, I loved the English language and I enjoyed writing argumentative essays. I scored an A for my general paper in Junior College. For modules in university that required writing skills like marketing or organisational behaviour, I also easily scored an A. It was in university that I found where my strengths were.

A couple of months ago, I had a conversation with one of my mentors at work, and I asked him if I should focus on my strengths or my weaknesses.