Note to Self: Change the Weakness into Growth Opportunities

By identifying your needs and wants, you will be able to choose a path to transform your Eureka moment into reality. However, that is only the beginning of the transformational process; the next stage touches a deeper layer of your conscious self: your strengths and weaknesses.

Identifying your strengths and weaknesses is not intended to make you feel good (or bad) about yourself. It's a process that will allow you to explore how to use those skills to get things done with less stress and successfully achieve your goals.

Of course, there are several quizzes and tests you can take that will help you discover your strengths and weaknesses, but before investing $22 in Tom Rath's book, start by taking the time to create two lists:

The first one is to discover your strengths. Depending on your goals, start writing every possible skill required to get things done like a pro. It could be "catering" or "event planner," "public relations," "web development," "communications," newsletter distribution," "volunteer coordinator," "treasurer or bookkeeper," or whatever the industry or business idea you are focusing on, write those skills down.

Once you finish the list, underline the ones you are good at but do not excel at, which you will return to later.

The second one is about paying attention to your weaknesses. It doesn't mean to point at your flaws, but to highlight skills you need to improve or traits you should be working on. For example, "fear of public speaking," "procrastinator," "you rush to complete a task and get overstressed and moody," "when giving feedback, you end up being blunt," "disorganized," "can't say no and end up juggling too many projects."

This list aims to give you an idea about yourself and what you need to work on.

Action Steps

  • After you create that list, challenge yourself and ask your friends, family, and mentor what it is about you that they think will contribute to your success if you were to start a business. Listen carefully and without judgment.

  • Then, ask them about traits and situations they consider may cause you not to be successful. As you get their feedback, review your list, and you'll start to see that some of the strengths and weaknesses you listed are confirmed by those you trust, while others you listed aren't as significant to the people who have spent time with you.

  • After the feedback, make a new list sorting out strengths and weaknesses that aren't significant to succeed on your new path. Don't toss them out; just "put them on a sticky note" for later.

  • Reflect on the list and acknowledge your value, what you give to the world, your natural gifts, and your qualities.

Book Recommendations

  • Strength Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

  • Ikigai: How to Choose your Career Path and Discover your Strengths by Clement Harrison.

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