How to Be Successful (Part 1): Why You Need to Know Your Strengths and Reputation

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If you’re interested in how to be successful, then one of the first things you want to know is your arsenal of strengths and how you’re coming across to others. Why? Because being as self-aware as possible is always a good thing!

Know what you’re naturally good at so that you can focus on honing those things and making them even better so that you’re an expert in those areas. Knowing how others perceive you is important for confirming your suspected strengths. If what you’re good at aligns with what you’re known for, then you’re off to a great start with getting your dreams off the ground!

Here are three great reasons why you want to be aware of your strengths and how you’re coming across to others:

Reason #1: Knowing your strengths helps you stand apart from the crowd.

You are unique, and you have a unique set of skills and gifts that others don’t have. Whatever your dream is in life, it requires some sort of skill set and is likely competitive. Knowing what special puzzle pieces make up the masterpiece that is you, helps you better market yourself to your customers and prospects. Even better, you might discover that what you always thought were quirks or even drawbacks can be your strongest selling points. Knowing your strengths can also help you be successful with teams; if you know your strengths and how you fit into the team, you know how you can best contribute.

If you haven’t already done so before, check out Strengthsfinder 2.0 and Sally Hogshead’s How to Fascinate personality profile. Strengthsfinder helps you determine your strengths, while Sally’s personality profile helps you understand how the world sees you and how you can optimally perform in life. I highly recommend doing both tests!

Reason #2: Knowing your strengths makes your work so much more fun!

You can focus more on what you’re good at rather than forcing yourself to do things that don’t come as naturally to you.

For example, if you’re not super social, stop trying to make yourself post seven days a week on social media. No, it’s not a must for any company, no matter how big or small the company is. At work, if you have the option of which projects to take on, you can stop volunteering for ones that you know aren’t going to set you up for success.

Reason #3: Knowing how others perceive you will help you sell your strengths and pitch your ideas.

So let’s say your dream is open up schools and homes for underprivileged orphans, but you come to realize that people perceive you as calculating and mysterious. Well, if that’s the case then they might not entirely trust you in your mission to be loving and kind to orphans.

Perception is hardly ever the truth, right? If that’s true in your case, then you just have to work on letting people see the softer side of you before they might back your dream. On the other hand, if you find out that a couple of your strengths according to Strengthsfinder are achiever and responsibility, and that the fascination profile pegs you as dependable and trustworthy, then you’re off to a great start. Since your strengths do align with public perception, you’re in a good place to begin garnering buy-in from others for your dreams.

In summary:

One of the first steps on the road to success is figuring out how others perceive you and what your strengths are. Having this priceless knowledge will help you stand out from the crowd and really excel, especially if you’re pouring all of your efforts into your areas of strength. Even more, this will make your work fun! Why focus on and dredge through things you struggle with when you can contribute more to this world through the things you’re great at? Of course, knowing not only your strengths but also how others see you helps you create the magic formula on how to sell your ideas and gain support for your dreams!

Action item:

Don’t forget to check out Strengthsfinder 2.0 to figure out your strengths, and Sally Hogshead’s How to Fascinate personality profile to learn how the world sees you! What can you do with this newfound knowledge? Well, if your goal is to be successful, it might be time to make some changes. For example, if you found that teaching and leadership are one of your strengths, maybe it’s time for you to step into more of a leader’s role. If your fascinate profile is all about innovation and you work somewhere that refuses to change, maybe it’s time to find a new employer.

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Did you find out what your strengths and fascinate profile are? Do share; we’d all love to hear them!!! Post a comment below and let us know!