Every one of us is born with a natural ability, a natural strength that needs to be nurtured, to grow, and expand so it can be shared with the world. Working against our natural strength is counter intuitive to nature.
Mark Twain described a man who died and was met at the pearly gates by Saint Peter.
The man says to Saint Peter “Sir, you know what a huge war history buff I am, can you tell me who the best General ever was?”
Saint Peter says “That’s easy; it’s that man over there.” The man looks at the gentleman Saint Peter is pointing to and says “I know him. He was a day laborer.” Yes, says Saint Peter – But he would have been the greatest General in history, if he had become a General.
You might ask, how do I find my natural strengths without extensive testing. While aptitude tests are an excellent source of insight for people, it also creates the opportunity to over complicate the issues.
Unfortunately, today’s education system creates well rounded individuals ready for the waiting workforce but it also has the ability to drum their natural strengths out of them. The system stresses the importance of math and science, but leaves a large gap when a students natural abilities aren’t related to those two subjects.
Although, it may be too late for adults, parents have to be mindful of this reality and make sure teens are exposed to a multitude of activities to make up for the lack of options in school. Even as adults, people need to keep up their education and hobbies. Just because you lose interest or fail to find satisfaction in the new activity it will ultimately allow for personal and career growth. It is all about the opportunities you offer yourself and your children. Do not limit yourself by your past life experience.
Now would be a good time to buy a notebook and label it your activity and career journal. Start by writing down all the things that you want to experience and learn. Over time, you will make it a priority to take action on the things you have written. Ultimately, you may find that continuing education and hobbies will be one way to reveal your natural strengths.
Simply, your natural strengths are the skills that come easiest to you. For some, it can be taking machines or electronics apart and putting them back together. Others will find their natural empathy makes them the go to person for friends and family because they have great empathy. Some will be great at doing everybody’s taxes, singing, writing, planning, reading, making others feel good or being a connector among people.
Take that notebook out again and make yourself a list of things that you enjoy doing for others and yourself. Do a search on the internet and try to match these activities and skills to careers and job postings on the internet. Make note of all the positions that keep coming up in your searches and how see how they fit your dream jobs, skills, and passions. While your natural skill in math may be well used in accounting, your skills as a communicator and passion in education would make you better suited to be a math teacher. Ultimately, you have to be happy.
Take your time and make sure this is what you want to do with your skills. While you can make the leap and take a job that matches your natural strengths and passions. You can always volunteer your time with a group or company to gain insight into the career without giving up your day job before it is prudent.
Work hard at determining your natural strengths by keeping your options open and listing out what fits and what doesn’t. Combine this list of strengths with potential careers that will utilize most if not all of those skills and lastly put the skills to use in the position you want at a company that you are passionate about. Building your perfect career is like cooking, you have to mix in the correct ingredients at the right time and correct amounts to have a success.