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Now enter strength

June 29th, 2011 by dimpledbrain

Question: what should we do to improve ourselves? Work on our weaknesses or bang on our strengths?

The suggested framework is for one to capitalize on individual strengths first and not on improving weaknesses, although the latter may come in at a later stage.

If you are interested, get this book StrengthsFinder 2.0. by Tom Rath. There are 34 distinctive strengths that one can identify with – and understanding the 5 most prominent strengths can help one scale greater heights. Having identified them, it is then up to us to create an environment where our strengths can shine.

Mine were:

  • Learner – one who must constantly be challenged and learning new things to feel successful
  • Achiever – one with a constant drive for accomplishing tasks
  • Input – one who is constantly collecting information or objects for future use
  • Intellection – one who enjoys thinking and thought-provoking conversation often for its own sake, and also can data compress complex concepts into simplified models
  • Strategic – one who is able to see a clear direction through the complexity of a situation

The immortal sage Lao Tzu once said, “thirty spokes unite in one nave and on that which is non-existent [on the hole in the nave] depends the wheel’s utility…therefore, existence renders actual but non-existence renders useful.”

For crying out loud dimpledbrain, really?!

It basically means that it’s the space surrounding the wheel that makes the wheel useful. The other side of the world may call this clusters of advantages.

Truth be told, some people thrive in their lives while others drift away. Sometimes I wonder need this always be true? While at some point in time we may need Lady Luck to smile upon us, we could at other times, take things into our own hands. Literally. After all, they say Lady Luck favours the brave.

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