How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

How to Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

by David Gaudreault, Serial Entrepreneur, Online Marketer and Personal Branding Passionate

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Successful entrepreneurs, coaches, mentors will all tell you if you want to start a business, you first need to identify an opportunity. That’s right, but I say, first, you need to identify your strengths and weaknesses. You need to identify the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving.

Here’s why. In business, if you are not doing what you like, what’s natural to you and what you are good at, if you feel like every step is a burden, your dream life of being an entrepreneur will burn you out.

In business, if you are not doing what you like, what’s natural to you and what you are good at, if you feel like every step is a burden, your dream life of being an entrepreneur will burn you out Click To Tweet

Do you know the book: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson? In his book, Mark says something very interesting that you need to be aware of before jumping off the cliff of entrepreneurship. “The key to achieving results, [to build a successful business], is to be in love with the process, not with the results. […] If you only like to imagine the summit and you don’t like to climb you will never achieve success. If you want the reward and not the struggle, […] if you only want the victory, but not the fight you will not achieve success with your business.

But then, how can you make sure you enjoy the journey? How can you make sure you will perform day after day and turn each problem into a positive challenge? One way is to identify your natural talents, develop your strengths and focus on what comes to you naturally.

That’s why I recommend to any new entrepreneurs to spend time before even looking for an idea or an opportunity to find out about your natural talents and strengths. Get a feel of what you should be doing to enjoy the climb as much as the summit, to enjoy the struggle as much as the rewards.

So how can you identify your strengths and weaknesses?

Simple 3-Step Method to Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses

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Step 1: Observation.

For one month, take a special attention to yourself, how you feel in various moments of your life, observe and become aware of your dominant moments and become aware of your non-dominant moments. At work, at home, at school or anywhere else identify the moments where:

  • You feel energetic
  • You feel happy
  • You feel positively challenged
  • Whatever you do feels easy and natural
  • The time goes by and you don’t notice
  • You perform very well
  • You feel that if you practice you will improve fast

…these are your dominant moments and it feels similar to drawing or writing with your dominant hand.

Then identify your non-dominant moments. These moments when:

  • You feel drained and demotivated
  • You tend to procrastinate
  • You look at the time and every minute feels like hours
  • You underperform compare to your peers
  • The simplest tasks feel like a mountain
  • You don’t feel in control of the situation
  • You have to put some serious effort to get little results
  • You feel like even if you practice a lot, you will never achieve ultimate performance

It feels similar to drawing with your non-dominant hand. No matter the amount of effort you put into it, it never feels natural.

Step 2: 5-WHYs Dig In Process

Now, once you have identified your dominant and non-dominant moments, Dig in to find the roots of your strengths and weaknesses – For each moment, ask yourself the 5 why questions

E.g. I like to design logos

  1. Why do you like to design logos? Because logos are the foundation of the branding. From the logo arises the future look, feel and message of the company, the colors, the style etc.
  2. Why do you like to work on the foundation of the brandings? Because I like to work on building an image that is consistent with the company’s values, mission, and activities and building the foundation of the branding is the best way to do it
  3. Why is it important to you the consistency of the branding? Because inconsistencies irritate me
  4. Why inconsistency irritates you? Because whenever something is inconsistent, it gets to my attention right away and I lose confidence in the validity of the message.
  5. Why do you see inconsistencies easily? It comes to me naturally. I have this ability to flag inconsistencies in all situations.

So this is my natural talent. I can flag inconsistencies in any situations.

What is interesting with the 5-why process is that it can go in various directions, but it usually leads to the root of everything.

In this case, when I did the exercise, I thought it would lead to a strength related to my creativity, but it brought up a strength completely different, my ability to flag inconsistencies. And that explains, why I don’t like designing brochures or banner as much a logo. Because the main purpose of the job is not at all the same.

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.

Do more of what you are good at and practice to become even better Click To Tweet

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.

Keep Learning!

  1. Learn how to brand yourself and be recognized for your strengths with this free and complete guide on how to build your personal brand.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Who is David Gaudreault?

David Gaudreault Bio - David's Way

I'm an entrepreneur, a maker, an online marketer...and Personal branding passionate.

I help entrepreneurs develop two essentials for building a successful startup: (1) building a strong personal brand and (2) building solid foundations of passive incomes to gain professional freedom.

I also help entrepreneurs find their big ideas, execute them right, impact millions with their businesses, and change the world.

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You are looking for a new job or starting a new business? How can you make sure you will enjoy the journey? How can you make sure you will perform day after day and turn each problem into a positive challenge? How can you make sure you will feel happy, fulfilled, accomplished and engaged in your new venture?

One way is to identify your strengths and weaknesses, develop your strengths and focus on what comes to you naturally. That’s why I recommend if you are a new entrepreneur or a job seeker to spend time before even looking for a business idea or a job opportunity to find your natural talents and build on your strengths. Get a feel of what you should be doing to enjoy the climb as much as the summit and to enjoy the struggle as much as the rewards.

This free workbook will really help you find your natural talents and build your personal brand around your strengths. This is the only way to find a job or build a company and feel happy, fulfilled, accomplished and fully engaged!

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