Using Your Strengths to Win More
ever been in a situation where work seemed effortless? Well, you were
probably in a situation that required you to use your personal
Socrates said ďKnow thyself.Ē Socrates was right on the money. Knowing
your strengths and weaknesses makes your success journey faster and
easier. The better you understand what your strengths are, the better
equipped you are to come up with a strategy that will help you win in
Success is pretty simple. In order to achieve success you need to find
an arena you are suited to play in. After that, you have to have the
guts to get started, the guts to endure through the challenges youíll
inevitably face, and along the way have an attitude that youíre willing
to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get the job done.
The first part of success is finding an arena youíre suited to play in.
In order to do that, you have to know your strengths and weaknesses. The
better you know yourself, the more youíll know your potential for peak
performance in any arena.
This concept applies in sports, in education, at home, in your personal
and in your professional success.
Successful people focus on their strengths. Do you know yours?
In sports, knowing yourself is not as complicated. Your body type rules
out many sports. Someone built like a linebacker will not make an
effective wide receiver. I would not make a good sumo wrestler or a good
jockey. Your speed, agility, jumping power, strength, and your specific
skills further narrow what sport you might excel in.
If youíve ever played football, your coaches tested you to determine
what position you were best suited for. It saved time and it was plain
In school, many counselors give aptitude tests to help students figure
out what profession they might enjoy and be best suited for.
If youíre in sales for a major corporation, youíve undoubtedly taken
personality tests when you interviewed for a job. The sales manager
wanted to know if your personality matched the set of qualities found in
the most successful salespeople.
If youíre in management, youíve probably taken similar tests so your
boss would know whether you might have what it takes to manage others Ė
and if you did, what management style you would have.
If I had not known what my strengths were, I never would have made it to
the Olympics. As I tell my audiences, I was not a great athlete. My main
strength was perseverance. I chose the sport of luge because I knew I
could persevere in the face of challenges. I figured the luge was
dangerous enough that there would be many quitters.
My strategy was to outlast the competition. I never would have been able
to come up with a strategy if I had not known what my strengths were.
As an Olympic athlete, Iím always looking for anything that might give
me an edge over the competition.
Iíve found that if something helps me become a better athlete it usually
also helps me in my personal and professional life. Over the years Iíve
taken many personality tests and assessments. I understand that the
better I know myself, the more I can excel.
By learning what makes me tick, Iíve learned what my hot buttons are Ė
so it is easier for me to motivate myself. Iíve also learned what turns
me off and why.
Finally, Iíve come to understand my communication style. Knowing your
communication style is of huge importance because 85% of success comes
down to your people skills. For me this knowledge about myself is
invaluable because it helps keep me out of trouble and it helps me be my
About a year ago I took a personality assessment that was light years
better than any I had taken before. The information it gave me went into
more depth than what Iíd gotten from any other test Iíd ever taken.
It was easy Ė 20 minutes answering a series of questions online. And in
a few minutes, I got a detailed 20 page report on everything about me.
The report was uncanny. It revealed things about me that I did not
consciously know but that once I read them, I immediately agreed with.
The report gave me insights about me that have helped me build my
business and have helped me whenever I communicate with others Ė my
wife, my daughter, my colleagues, my prospects, etc.
Iíve always worked hard. The knowledge from this report allows me to
work smart as well. Bottom line, it has made me more productive. It
gives me an edge. It helps me win more in life and at work.
Book of the Month
thought you could make a difference, would you be willing to try? If you
discovered you possessed leadership qualities and skilld would you use
them? If you knew that you could motivate others to make a difference,
would you be inspired to do so?
"Making a Difference - 12 Qualities that Make You a Leader," by Sheila
Bethel will show you how to apply your strengths so you can make a
difference - in your home, in your job, and in your community.
- How to find Your Mission
- How to Build Trust
- How to Take Risks and Win
- How to Master Communication Skills
- How to Make a Difference through Commitment
Once you know what your strengths are, it's easier to apply the
information you'll find in great books like "Making a Difference."
Quotes of the Month
"The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are
and what we could be."
- John Grimes
"He who knows others is learned.
He who knows himself is wise."
- Lao Tzu
"If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the
knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and
focus on it and persevere your success will blossom."
- Sidney Madwed
"Wise is he that knows himself."