Michael Jackson discovered his musical strengths early in his career, developed into a musical genius and then dedicated his life to serving humanity with music.
What we know about legends or superstars like Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson is that they are the best at what they do.
But the reason why we love the Michaels’ (Phelps, Jordan, Jackson) is: “we are just like them way down or deep inside of us”!
Each of us … everyone … has strengths that when discovered, developed and dedicated to the service of others … makes us stand-out and be noticed!
First, Disover Your Strengths
The answer to the questions: what career should I go into or what should I study in college or how do I get a job is “first, discover your strengths“.
Choosing a career just because it pays well, is not good enough because it may stop paying well when it becomes flooded with fortune seekers.
Not choosing a career because it doesn’t pay well, is not good enough because you are judging by the average pay reserved for average performers.
Choose a career by evaluating your answers to some of these questions:
What truly motivates or inspires you?
What do you love doing?
What are you good or exceptional at doing?
What do you do efficiently or what do you produce easily?
What do you like to read, research or study on your own time?
What are your hobbies and what do you do with your spare time?
What work will you do if money wasn’t an issue?
What work will you do if you weren’t trying to please anyone in you life?
What do you get paid to do?
If you are not building your career around your strengths, now is a good time to stop and re-evaluate because it is never too late to do the right thing!
Develop Your Strengths By Constant Practice
You need to develop your strengths through constant practice.
Your strengths needs to be developed and improved by conscious practice otherwise you stand to lose them!
You lose the benefits of having strengths when you neglect to exercise them repeatedly until they become a competitive advantage.
Remember that no one hires for under-developed strengths. Employers prefer to hire workers who have developed their strengths versus those who are hoping to do so after they are hired!
Developing your strengths helps you take advantage of opportunities discovered along the path of doing what you love or what you are good at.
Not developing your strengths means you won’t be able to take advantage of opportunities that further what you love doing or what you are good at.
Not developing your strengths also means that you are building your career or life around your weaknesses.
When you don’t develop or play to your strengths, you are likely to get burned-out, unhappy, depressed and earn lower wages because you can’t work as efficiently or as productively as your colleagues!
Not developing your strengths puts you at a competitive disadvantage in a global economy because you will lose out to someone, somewhere, someday who will do a much better job than you!
Building your career around weaknesses instead of strengths puts you in a situation where ultimately, you won’t be able to keep up with the demands of your job!
Dedicate Your Strengths To Serving Others
Your strengths are for you to use in serving others. Seek out opportunities to serve with your strengths because “what you use becomes stronger” and “what you don’t use becomes obsolete!“
Your first reaction shouldn’t be to quit your day job. Begin by finding opportunities to use your strengths within or outside your day job!
If you are a business analyst and you discover that your strengths are in requirements documentation and not Use Cases for example, then ask for more requirements documentation tasks at work.
If you are a computer programmer and you discover that your strengths are in database development, and not coding for example, then ask for more database development tasks at work.
It more practical for you to utilize your strengths at work because that is where you spend the majority of your active working day. But if you can’t then do something with your strengths after work or as a hobby!
Whatever you do, don’t go overboard and quit your day job because you can’t use your strengths at work and don’t neglect to use your strengths because of work or family committments either!
Regardless of your situation, discover your strengths, develop your strengths and dedicate your strengths to serving others!
Use SWOT Analysis to Plan Your Career Around your Strengths
Use SWOT Analysis to elicit your strengths and position it for your benefit at work or in the job market!
It is not enough to know your strengths, you also need to take advantage of your strengths in a competitive manner.
Why, because competition is a fact of life. Your strengths are not evaluated in isolation but in comparson to others!
- Michael Phelps is not just a strong swimmer, Michael Phlelps is the Greatest Swimmer of All Time!. Michael Phlelps is the “Top Olympic Gold Medal Winner of All Time” with 14 career Olympic gold medals!
- Michael Jackson is not just a great singer, Michael Jackson is or was the “King of Pop!. The Guinness World Records holds him as the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” and his 1982 album “Thriller” is the “World’s Best Selling Record of All Time“!
- Michael Jordan is not just a good basketball player, Michael Jordan’s biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the Greatest Basketball Player of All Time.“
Do you get the picture? Your strengths are always compared to others … that is just how the world works!
To succeed at work, you have to pursue opportunities while defending against threats by playing to your strengths.
Use SWOT Analysis to plan your career by factoring in your competitive strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
Remember that failing to plan your career is the same as planning to fail at your career!