What's even more disheartening is the way our fixation on deficits affects young people in the home and classroom. In every culture we have studied, the overwhelming majority of parents (77% in the United States) think that a student lowest grades deserve the most time and attention. Parents and teachers reward excellence with apathy instead of investing in the areas where a child has the most potential for greatness.
The reality is that a person who has always struggled with numbers is unlikely to be a great accountant or statistician. And the person without much natural empathy will never be able to comfort an agitated customer in the warm and sincere way that the great empathizers can.
It's clear from Gallup's research that each person has greater potential for success in specific areas, and the key to human development is building on who you already are.
You cannot be anything you want to be - but you can be a lot more of who you already are.