How to make the most of your ASSets.
|November 7, 2011||Posted by Michael Hardy under Figs and Gold|
Did you ever wonder why your paintings as a kid always got 5 stars? Or why everyone gathers around you at parties? Ever wonder why you can’t figure out how to hang blinds on the windows even though you’ve tried it 25 times? Or why it took you 3 years to figure out that you could use a search box other than yahoo.
You have strengths, or better yet, assets, that others don’t. And just as you have strength’s you also have weakness’ that others don’t. I remember hearing as a kid “your only as good as your weakness”. That’s all bs! I believe you’re as great as your strengths. Or your God-given gifts that you are here on earth to use without limits. Your potential!
The trick: Understanding what your strengths are. Not only that but knowing what your weaknesses are at the same time. I read a fantastic book that helps the reader find their strengths and weaknessess and guide them on how to utilize this information, that book is Tom Rath’s, Strengths finder 2.0. I highly recommend picking up a copy and giving it a read. Tom explains in the book that those that are great in their field have figured out early in life what their strengths are and exploited those strengths by focusing and improving them every day.
Take Michael Jordan for example. The world’s greatest basketball player. He knew very early his strength was his athletic ability and it is said that no one worked harder than Michael Jordan practicing being great as an athlete. Just as important is to know your weakness. And that takes honesty. For me it’s easy. I stink at details. I’m not the most analytical guy in the world so don’t ever ask me to build a spaceship with you because it won’t leave the ground.
The key: Do what your great at and find someone else to do what your weak in. And if you can find a complimentary relationship which aligns strengths.. well, then you just might have the next world cup championship soccer team or the next google search box!