You know you want to have a life in which you can express the best of yourself, because you know you have something inside of yourself that is valuable. We all want jobs where we can share that with people, every day. But in a world that doesn’t seem to care about your uniqueness, how do you do that? How do you find a job that allows you to contribute the best of you?
Before you can do it, here’s the three things you need to know:
- Your strengths are not what you’re good at, and your weaknesses are not what you’re bad at. If you’re good at something, but it drains you – that’s not a strength, that’s a weakness. A strength is an activity that makes you feel strong, just as a weakness is an activity that makes you feel weak. A strength draws you in, and you know better than anyone else what your strengths are. And if you don’t, then it’s time to learn.
- You will grow the most, learn the most, and develop the most in your areas of strength. You don’t have strengths vs. areas of opportunity for growth, because your strengths are your areas of opportunity for growth. Stop trying to fix your weaknesses and focus on your strengths.
- You may think that your company doesn’t care about what your strengths are, they just care that you can do your job. That’s not true. Your company wants you to be resilient, creative, persistent, focused, and productive – these are all ways you feel when you’re in love, either with a person or for what you do. So naturally, your company wants you to find things in your life and work that make you feel this way.
You’re the only person who can take this advice, own it, and put it into play in your own life and work. If you can do that, then you can build a life that is a true and beautiful reflection of the very best of you.