When Kazuya Souma was suddenly given the reins of the struggling Elfrieden kingdom, he was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task. Many parts of the kingdom needed reform before things started looking up. In a stroke of genius, he called for the citizens of the kingdom to step forward if they were the best in what they did. Many came forward and soon the citizens of the kingdom began contributing greatly to the reform. No talent was unvalued as he even hired Poncho Panacotta, self-proclaimed foodie despite his talent’s usefulness being yet to be seen.
Everyone has different strengths, and that’s a good thing! Unfortunately, competitive environments in schools or at work often causes us to keep our knowledge to ourselves. If we look from Souma’s point of view, it’s so much better when everyone can work together to succeed. Under his reign, those who farmed provided food for the populace. Those who could fight then had the capacity to focus on training to defend Elfreiden instead of having to worry about growing food as well. In the perspective of our world, if you are good at math, for example, you can help tutor a friend who’s finding difficulty understanding it. Conversely, you can seek help from a friend who’s better at a subject you’re struggling with to pull your grades up.
Knowing your own strengths is integral to this system. In Elfreiden, some citizens stepped up of their own accord, confident in their strengths. Others needed a push from the people around them. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re good at from the start, others see it. Rely on them to know yourself and what you can contribute to your community.