What are you good at? Where does your greatest strength lie? Knowing this may better help you find where you should invest your time.
Think on this for a moment: your child comes home with a report card. On it are one A, three B's, two C's, and a D. What do you focus on? If you're like any normal parent, you'll say the D. But what subject was the A in? Let's say it was Science and he got a D in music, the last thing you want to push them into is a career in music. Or, let's say the D was in science. I don't think your kid will be going to MIT or being a doctor.
And that's okay. Each and every one of us has certain strengths. Authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie put together a book called Strengths Based Leadership, which is about finding your strength and using it to maximize your skills. Through their research, they have an online tool called Strengthsfinder which is a series of questions one answers to find out what those strengths are, and have categorized them into 34 separate themes. I took this test last year, and discovered I have the following strengths:
Author, blogger, and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Michael Hyatt recently had a podcast featuring this very same subject. I encourage everyone to also check it out--oddly enough, Michael and I share a few similar strengths.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing in-depth how these individual strengths work for me in order to maximize my skills in the best way. Some of the results didn't surprise me, like futuristic and ideation, as I usually am full of ideas and always looking towards the future.
Have you taken the Strengthsfinder test? What results have you seen since taking it?