Your weaknesses have a funny way of appearing and costing you. That's the same in football and in life: people prefer to avoid their weaknesses, but the key is to find a balance.
In a footballing sense, you don't want people to obsess over the negatives and have that be their main focus, necessarily. They'll have their strengths, too, and those are the reasons they got drafted in the first place. You have to make sure your super power stays a super power (and grows as well). Otherwise, you're not that much use to the team.
I spent 75 per cent of my time as an athlete making sure that my strengths were real strengths – but then I've also done enough work on my weaknesses to ensure they weren't weighing on me. Usually, people will only get their weaknesses up to a reasonable level. It's rare that in a professional sporting sense, somebody's weakness goes on to become their strength.
When I got drafted, there was a view that I wasn't a very good kicker of the football. I disagreed with that belief, but I resolved to work on it. And I actually told people during the recruiting process that kicking was where I wanted to get better. I think that played a role in changing people's beliefs. I also spent hours and hours of practice with an assistant coach – a huge amount of time making sure that weakness was addressed.
I think what helped me was deciding, ‘This is what I want to do.’ It’s a real positive if you’re constantly reviewing your strengths and weaknesses, pinpointing where you can get better, and planning out ways to achieve that.