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Working On Your Strengths

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Let me take you through a process. One need to know your own strengths. When you are working on your strengths in your career at least to an 80% or 90% optimum, it is an advantage to you as compared to others. There would be no 100% optimum pace due to a certain cycle of our career and also the tasks involved in a certain profession that we choose from.

Let me explain further, a person who likes to be in sales generally do not like the paperwork attached with as a process. Nevertheless, for some companies, paperwork like filling up the forms, sales reports and many other reports needed to be done by the sales personnel. Hence, some salespeople find it a dread to do the administrative part.

The solution to this is to work on your strengths and keep on improving it. Whatever you can delegate, delegate. In due time, you will be good at what you do. You become better and better each day if you focus on your strengths.

Let me illustrate how a public speaker can be a better public speaker. He or she would practice and practice in front of a crowd until he or she is confident enough to convey the message. I remember my first public appearance during one of the meetings, I felt so embarrassed and truly felt like a fool. After the session, I told myself I would not go for that type of meeting anymore. Nevertheless, today, with the blessings from God, I manage to conquer the fear of public speaking. Today and everyday, I go and work on my strengths. Each time I work on my strengths, I am energized and the the sense of fulfillment unexplainable.

Therefore, in this next one minute or so, list down all your strengths:

  1.  _____________________
  2.  _____________________
  3. _____________________
  4. _____________________
  5. _____________________

Each day, you spend time working on your strengths, you will become an expert in due time. It may not be instant, but surely it is a journey to become better at what you do. Those who work on their strengths generally perform better than those who do not.

In conclusion, working on your strengths is an important tip for you to excel in your career. Now, go and work on your strengths. Find it and diligently work on it. After knowing your area of interest and working on your strengths, in the next issue, I will be sharing on how to take the area of your interest and your strengths to make it into marketable skills.


Article is written by Johann Paul Gregory, MBA, Senior Vice President, Talent & Business Development, Reapfield Academy Sdn Bhd. Log on to www.reapfield.com for more information. The article represents his personal views.