Forget your passion. Are you using your strengths?
Passion is all fine and dandy, but it can only get you so far.
You’ll hear me say it again and again: Passion alone will not get you where you want to go.
In your career, you bring many things other than passion to the table, and one of the most important factors in mapping out your career is considering your strengths.
Everyone has certain unique strengths and aptitudes. Usually your strengths refer to natural abilities or aspects of your personality. These aren’t acquired skills and expertise, like knife-skills or recipe testing, but rather the innate abilities that make you who you are.
One of my signature strengths, for example, is communication. I easily translate thoughts into words, I’m effective communicating both in writing and face-to-face, and I thrive in settings where I can converse with others and speak my mind.
The more you use your strengths in every day life, the more satisfied you are.
So, how does this apply to your day to day? You have to take a look through your life and determine what your strengths are. Are you particularly positive? Are you an excellent strategist? Once you have identified them, consider where in your life and work you have the opportunity to express them. If you find that your opportunities to express your strengths at work are limited, consider what changes you could make in order to maximize them.
And goodness gracious, don’t, whatever you do, try to suppress your strengths and call more heavily upon qualities you aren’t as strong with.
You’ve got to make the most of your assets. Don’t let what makes you you go to waste.
When you find a way for your strengths to come together in your work, you’ll see the magic that can result.