MILK YOUR STRENGTHS
One way to explore this aspect is to first ask yourself “What am I good at?” Possibly more than you realize. What might you be good at that you have not yet tapped into? Think of what comes naturally to you. Perhaps it’s computers, or drawing, or math, or writing poems. What compliments have others given you lately? If you’re still stuck, you can:
i. Make a list of all the things you do well
ii. Ask friends and family to tell you what they have observed you do well
iii. In some cases, be courageous to try out new things. You never know if it would spark an interest in you.
For Adenike Ogunlesi, the founder of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble children’s clothing line in Nigeria, it was sewing. “I used to make clothing for women. So I decided that I’d just make some pajamas for my kids.” From a tiny shop, staffed mainly by her and her mother, ‘Nike’ turned Ruff ‘n’ Tumble into an instantly recognizable brand of clothing in Nigeria and it all started because she capitalized on her strengths. 12
Don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus on what you’re good at and put your focus into developing those skills. People are smart in different ways. You can be great in science but have two left feet. You may not know a hundred words of vocabulary but can sing as passionately as Angelique Kidjo. You can align your unique talents, expertise, and knowledge with what you’re really good at and really enjoy doing. Then see what type of product, program or service pops into your head.
After spending some time with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey birthed a new dream. A dream to educate and empower girls. In 2007, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opened in South Africa. At Stanford, Winfrey introduced one of its graduates to the audience and then shared the advice that she gives to “my girls”, as she calls the students. “Your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work on that alignment of your personality, your gifts you have to give, with the real reason why you are here,” she said. “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.”
How are you milking your strengths? Comment below.
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