What I wish my younger self knew (Part 1)
Dear Younger me,
Know what you’re good at. I mean really good at. And please don’t say “I don’t know” or worse “everything”. If you need help in this area, there are so many great assessments and discovery tools out there. Some are free, some are costly, and then find a mentor, coach, trusting partner, who is unbiased to help you muddle through it. Once you have some direction, use that critical information and figure out what jobs, careers, and hobbies your strengths connect best with.
As important, know your weaknesses. Remembering always, those weaknesses are actually strengths in other areas. These will be the things that could get you fired if you’re not careful. They’ll definitely hamper your promotions and advancements in certain jobs. I like to say, know them and then “buffer” them with a more balanced approach. Mary, for you specifically, younger self, know you are super social. Which is great in many jobs / careers, and it’s going to bite you in the rear when it comes to getting the less desirable tasks done. While you are socializing, making great connections, closing deals, solving problems with people, you need to remember to stop and finish up your to-do list!
So, dear reader, what are YOU good at? Are you aligned with a job, career or hobbies that supports your gifts and talents? If not, why? We are here to help.
Author’s note. The picture is of our Creative – Josh K when he was younger… he truly knows himself and will do just about anything to have a career in his gifted space of Art and Graphics. I’m inspired by that every day!