My friend's father once told me that we should all play to our strengths, but work on those weaknesses where basic competency is crucial no matter what the craft. Basic communication skills (especially writing) never escape the confines even of the most quantitative professions. When I was a professional musician, I saw that my peers who had a simple understanding of personal finance ended up in a much better place than those with none.
Several years later I participated in an advanced study project with Prof Ian MacMillan who runs the Entrepreneurial Research Center at Wharton. About half of the students were in some graduate program, and I remember very vividly asking one MBA who had spent many years at Nokia if his undergraduate engineering degree was of any use in the business world. He replied with something along the lines of
"Well I don't do much more than add and subtract these days, but I can communicate with engineers and garner respect from engineers because I have been one. When I see a differential equation can I solve it on the spot? Probably not... but the fact that I don't freak out like most managers does indeed help in my work."
At the time I thought smugly to myself that I also didn't freak out when looking at differential equations, and sometimes could solve them on the spot. But after 15 years in the workforce I've come to realize that legal docs are my differential equations. It's past 2am.. I have 150 pages of docs to read... I freak out when I have to read a 2 page contract so you can imagine where my head is at now.
What am I doing writing a blogpost then?
Well they say the first step in change is acknowledging the situation. I've decided not only that I will get better at legalese, but that I will change my attitude and learn to enjoy the process of reading docs...