Step 3: Summarize Your Findings
After going through this process with each of your dominant and non-dominant moments, you get the big picture showing what you are good at, what comes naturally to you (your strengths) and what is more difficult to you (weaknesses). You get a big picture of what your natural strengths and weaknesses are.
Based on your findings, do more of what you are good at and practice to become even better. Spend most of your time and energy at improving your natural talents to turn them into strengths and then, build your personal brand around your strengths.
You want your family, your friends, your boss, your colleagues and your employees to associate you to your strengths and eventually come to you for advice or help for anything related to your strengths.
On the other hand, spend the minimal amount of time at doing anything that involves your non-natural talents (your weaknesses). It means at work or in your future business project, try to pair with a colleague or a co-founder that will complement your strengths and will be in charge of everything related to your weaknesses.
You can also choose your business project wisely, a project that will put your strengths forward and then, one of the competitive advantages in your company will be YOU!
Don’t make the mistake of building your personal brand around your weaknesses, because you will end up being associated with them all your life and people will come to you for advice and help. Then you will have to constantly work with your weaknesses and you will never reach your full potential.
Even if you become fairly good at it (after investing a lot of efforts) it will always feel awkward, just like if you are drawing or writing with your non-dominant hand.
I recommend you download the free workbook below. It is a 49$ value and I give it to you for free if you sign up to my mailing list. It’s a win-win as you get the workbook and all the valuable advice I send by email on a regular basis. This workbook will really help you go through the process to find your dominant and non-dominant moments and then, dig in to find your strengths & weaknesses using the 5 why questions.
It is very well done. It comes with an observation section where you can write down your moments through a 30 day period with interesting remarks to help you throughout the process.
Then there is the 5 Why’s Dig In Process section where you can write down your moments and related questions and answers.
It also comes with examples to help you better understand the exercise and a summary table to list your strengths and weaknesses as well as your personality traits if you identified any in the process.
- Learn how to brand yourself and be recognized for your strengths with this free and complete guide on how to build your personal brand.
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Don Clifton. It comes with a code for an online test that is very helpful to identify your strengths. Make sure to buy the book new otherwise the code inside the book to access the online test will be deprecated.
- 16personalities. It is a free online test and a very good resource to identify your personality traits. They provide a great report with a lot of information. Just keep in mind their questionnaire aims to identify your personality traits. Then the information relative to your strengths is general information based on these personality traits. It’s not as precise and personalized as the Clifton Strengths test which is specifically made to identify your strengths.
Let Me Know What You Think!
Do you feel that your life is rather made of dominant moments or is full of non-dominant moments? Comment below and let me know what action you will be taking today to identify your talents and orient your life around them.