Answer These 3 Questions to Identify Your Strengths

From Recruiter - February 28, 2017

Article by Emma Johnson

Growing up, I always seemed to have my foot in my mouth. An astute observeror judge, if you willof human nature, I had little filter and blurted out exactly what I thought in social situations, classrooms, or at the dinner table. This lead tosome awkward and painful life lessons. As I got older, however, I learned to keep my mouth shut more often and cultivated a filterbut not entirely.

My natural inclination to scrutinize and share that scrutiny has become my greatest asset in both my professional and personal lives. I have been a journalist and writer all of my life, and my career took a dramatic upward swing when I started blogging and podcasting, sharing my opinions and observations about relationships, family, money, and gender. Seemingly by magic, giving the world my observations has attracted likeminded people who share my point of view. Life is far less lonely than it was when I was a loudmouthed, opinionated kid.

How do you identify your greatest assets and deepest reserves of strength? Ask yourself these questions:

1. What Was the Hardest Time of Your Life? What Tools Did You Use to Get Through It?

Whether it was the death of a loved one; a career, financial, or academic setback; a health crisis; a romantic breakup; or an addiction,identify the emotional tools, social habits, or intellectual assets you tapped into to get past that life event.

2. What Were Your Greatest Successes?

These might be easily identified accomplishments such as earning a degree or promotion, reaching a health or fitness goal, or building a business. What did you do that others around you did not? What did you do that was different from your previous behavior? What habit or attribute served as your own tipping point toward success?

3. What Gives You the Most Joy?

Your own personal achievements might not be evident to others. Perhaps you cared for a terminally ill loved one or have a special connection with your children. Maybe its gathering friends for lively evenings of conversation or organizing people in your community for a greater good. In your own personal contentment lies a genius that should not be dismissed.


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