The most important thing you can do to have a great career — and quite possibly, a great life — is to know what you do better than anyone else, know what energizes you, and know where you came from.
We sum this up by saying: “Know your strengths.”
Research shows that the best leaders in the world don’t have anything in common with each other, with the exception of this one thing — they’ve redefined “success” to mean “self-awareness” and in the process, they’ve discovered their strengths.
The more we understand ourselves and apply that knowledge in a productive direction the more successful we will be.
But how do we find our area of strength?
It boils down to discovering where these three things intersect:
- Life Experience
Talent is the naturally occurring patterns of behavior you have, allowing you to effortlessly do some things excellently almost every time. The best way to uncover innate talent is through an assessment like the Strengthscope.
Passion is what would make you jump out of bed in the morning. It’s whatever makes your heart beat a bit faster. It’s what you love. These are the things that, when you do them, they never feel like “work” — even if they’re part of your job.
Life Experience is made up of the things you know, the skills you’ve gained, and the experiences you’ve had that make you, you. It is the cumulative image of all the formative events in your life: your family background, schooling, work history, etc.
There is also an element of personal Character that encircles all these components, determining whether we focus our unique abilities in a positive or negative way (or, if you’re melodramatic like me: using your powers for good or evil).
In a picture, the whole thing looks something like this:
Find the place where these three things intersect for you, and you’ll have discovered your “sweet spot” — your area of strength. Just like the muscles in your body, the more you work on that area the more it will develop and grow.
Use The Strengths Triangle and your life will never be the same.
P.S. Know what’s really fun? Taking this to work — i.e. creating a team or organization which helps people do this. Coincidentally (or not at all), this is exactly what we do!