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Dangers of overlooking your strengths

Back when I was a full time employee as telecomms engineer I would look at my super techie, knowledgeable colleague and think I must be like him and know all the answers or know how to find them.

I made the mistake of thinking he’s “better” than me because he had what I lacked. So I tried to learn to code in Python, more networking and SQL. All of which I was mediocre at best because I wasn’t interested.

I was so focused on what my colleague was good at and emulating him that I dismissed my strengths. In fact it was my “get it done” attitude and directness that could’ve got me further along in my career. By overlooking my strengths I'd missed opportunities and as a result I was slowly chipping away at my motivation.

This is how I knew coaching was for me. On weekends I went to coaching school while still working full-time. I’d be working on coaching after work. I’m still learning now after qualifying. All this to say that my interest tells me where I need to put more time and effort. Interest really is the best teacher.

You can spend a lot of time and energy working on your weaknesses but what if you spent that time and energy on mastering your strengths?

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