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Brain with Gears

Implicit & Explicit Memory: Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Leo Manzione

Wow, you’re a natural!

These are words we love to hear. I mean, who doesn’t love wowing those around them and making it look easy at the same time? But I think we all know that sometimes these words ring more true than others.

No one is a “natural” at everything. Some of us have innate abilities in an arena that others really struggle with, and vice versa. And sometimes, what seems effortless really took a lot of work.

Capitalizing on our strengths and understanding our weaknesses can drastically improve almost every aspect of our lives, particularly in our businesses. Let’s discuss how the line is drawn between what comes naturally and what will require a lot more work before it feels natural.

Check out the video below for a better understanding of implicit and explicit memory and how knowing the difference can make all the difference:

Just because something is easy for us, we often assume it’s easy for everyone else too. Similarly, we tend to assume that what’s difficult for us inevitably requires a lot of effort. These are misconceptions that can lead to missed opportunities.

Implicit vs. Explicit: Knowing the Difference

Explicit memory is something you have to think about as you do it, whereas implicit memory comes more automatically. Explicit memory can often require more effort and/or memorization to ingrain in your mind, but implicit memory comes without that effort.

Implicit – Another Word for Strength?

We can (and should) apply the concepts of implicit and explicit memory to our businesses. Since things that are implicit to us come easier, applying the word “strength” to an implicit ability doesn’t feel too far off.

We’re All Different

It’s important to remember that what may be implicit or explicit for one person isn’t necessarily the same for another. We all have different proclivities and embracing those is what really helps us realize our true potential.

As with many business concepts, this implicit vs. explicit concept all comes back to delegation and understanding the best uses of your particular set of skills in the limited time you have available to you.

If something is more explicit to you, meaning it requires more effort on your end, some questions to consider would be…

  • Is investing the required time and effort in this task a good use of that time and effort?
  • Is there someone else I can lean on for whom this task is more implicit or whose time is less valuable?


On the other hand, if something is more implicit to you, meaning it comes to you more effortlessly, some other questions to consider would be…

  • Is investing the required time in this task a good use of that time? (Even if something is implicit to you, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best use of your limited time. If it is a good use, that’s great. If it’s not, is there someone else who can do it? Is it even necessary in the first place?)
  • Is there some way I could help others who struggle with this?


If you don’t really know what your implicit strengths are, don’t feel bad! We can’t always see ourselves and our abilities clearly. In that case, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the friends, family, and colleagues who know you well:

  • What have they noticed?
  • What do they think comes easy to you?


These outside perspectives can be very helpful. Just because something is easy for us, we often assume it’s easy for everyone else too. Similarly, we tend to assume that what’s difficult for us inevitably requires a lot of effort. These are misconceptions that can lead to missed opportunities. Correcting these assumptions allows us to find those for whom our hardest tasks are easy, allowing us to focus where we truly shine.

I hope you let these questions serve as some food for thought as you work to uncover the best uses of your time.

If you’d like hands-on help uncovering your implicit strengths and explicit weaknesses, reach out! Feel free to apply for one of my complimentary diagnostic sessions and we can review this concept and uncover anything else that might be holding your business back.

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Talk soon,

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