The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Career that Fits You – Part 1

STRENGTHS

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

Alright, it’s not really a secret…and really, everyone knows it intuitively, but very few people actually focus on them.

I’m talking about your strengths, of course. At HTYC, we believe very strongly that you succeed by focusing on the things you have the potential to be great at, NOT by wasting your time getting marginally better at the other stuff (i.e. your weaknesses).

To be able to do this, you first need to know what your strengths are. Not just in a vague I’m pretty good at “being strong for my family” or “I make a mean potato salad” sort of way, but instead really understanding what your combination of unique gifts entails.

When you have the intersection of skill and passion we call these your signature strengths.

I have done over 2,000 job interviews and many more media interviews with people. Most people don’t really know themselves as well as they think.

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I hear things like:

“I am a great communicator” or “I’m really good at leading people.”

These aren’t signature strengths

Instead, here are some specific examples of things people might be great at in those categories:

“I have the ability to break complex concepts down in a way that makes sense to anyone”

OR

“I love to build relationships with people by empathizing with them.”

These are much more likely signature strengths. Concise, leaving no room for misconception, and likely something that you really enjoy.

Do you see the difference?

Now your turn.

You can find a post on “How to identify your strengths” here.

There are also assessments out there that can help your strengths. (These are optional paid resources)

Examples that we recommend: the DiSC profile, Strengths Finder 2.0, and The Passion Test are not the be all, end all, but they do a fantastic job helping you understand more about yourself and why you tick the way you do.

For more information, read the post above, listen to the HTYC Podcast: Episode 27 or view our resources page.

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Action Items

 

  • Read the post Discover Your Strengths
  • Complete the exercise found in that same post
  • Get outside your comfort zone: Leave us a comment to tell us what your signature strengths are.

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