Do Strengths or Talents Help You Succeed ?
When you want to study or when you want to take an exam, it is good to train yourself; it is also at the same time to ensure, in one way or another, your future. A wider culture, a more or less complete education, a qualified formation develops intellectual capacities: the capacity of adaptation, creativity, reconversion of talents, the capacity of information and the ability to communicate. The possession of increasingly higher diplomas generally facilitates the acquisition of a trade, obtaining a job and mastering a career. It is thanks to your studies, your qualifications that you can more or less easily access pleasant work, better pay and better working conditions, and thus achieve your personal development. To be fulfilled is to feel good about yourself; to live without regret, to be fully satisfied with who you are, what you have, your abilities, your skills, your personality, your talents and your strengths and weaknesses.
How to develop your strong points and minimize your weak points?
During our studies, at school, college or university, we were pushed to fill our gaps in order to succeed. But the consensus is gradually gaining ground: it is much more effective to seek to make the most of our strengths, rather than to seek to correct our weaknesses when we have few resources.
What do we mean by strengths?
The concept of "strength" is generally defined as a set of functions and activities that we perform well. But we will take a closer look.
The strong points are activities:
> Who attracts us, we want to achieve them, even if they generate anxiety or fear of failure beforehand.
> For which we are generally better than average.
> For which we tend to concentrate and which make us lose all sense of time.
> That stimulates us to generate positive feelings, even if we feel physically exhausted.
> We would like to be able to do this activity over and over again and continually improve.
On the other hand, weaknesses are activities:
That we don't like, they generate negative emotions.
That we would prefer to finish as quickly as possible, or even avoid them if possible.
They make us feel mentally exhausted as if these activities drain our energy.
It is important to note that an activity we do well, or even master, is not necessarily a strong point. If an activity does not please us, it is better to put it aside and concentrate as much as possible on our strong points: a skill that we have never obliged us to devote all our life to an activity that displeases us.
The old model and the new one
Generally, we tend to invest most of our time in improving our weak points. In this way, it will lead, at best, to poor performance, but we can never excel in this area because we do not have the key elements to achieve real success: fun, interest, specific skills, passion... On the contrary, if we spent more time developing existing strengths, we could achieve remarkable career goals, some well-being and feel like we have accomplished something. So, day after day, we contribute to the world.
Can I really put my weak points aside?
It is essential to develop a career that matches your strengths. If the professional career or a specific function requires you to perform activities that are weak points, you are doomed to failure from a personal and professional point of view. Therefore, it is very important to identify your strengths, weaknesses, interests, skills, abilities, and objectives, and analyze how they fit with your education or potential jobs. However, we must recognize that it is very difficult to find a job that would allow you to make use of your strengths 100% of your time. In such situations, when the choice is almost perfect, but not 100%, we must be creative to minimize our weaknesses:
Ask someone who has strengths in this area to do this activity for us.
> Find a way to achieve the same result, but with other activities for which you have strengths, or at least secondary weaknesses.
> Reduce the frequency and duration of these activities in favor of activities that are strong points.
> Learn, in case you are unable to find a solution through the above methods. Acquire the minimum level required to perform these activities.
Identify my strengths and weaknesses
The following activity is suggested to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses: For one or two weeks during the day, describe the activities you are doing as accurately as possible, thinking mainly about the circumstances, conditions, for whom, for what, where, how, etc. and how you felt before, during and after. For example:
> Prepare a presentation for a training program.
> Special conditions for this to be considered strength:
> I must have enough time to prepare it.
> The presentation must target an audience with a genuine interest in the topic.
> Do not repeat the same presentation too frequently or in the same way.It is important to identify the specific conditions, as shown in the example above. If, for example, the person had to prepare a course for a group with little involvement, or if he had to repeat himself every week, this would not be a strong point for him. Indeed, given that this person is very creative and passionate about training; the stated conditions would turn this activity into a weak point for him, despite the fact that he performs it correctly. We suggest you do this exercise for your strengths, but also for your weaknesses. Finally, try to make a list of your main strengths and weaknesses, excluding activities that are more "neutral" in your case. Second, the most important goal in this regard is to find a career that allows you to put your strengths into practice and continue to develop them.