We all have our strengths and natural abilities, and many of us discount what comes easily to us. But you are more likely to meet with success in your career when you nurture and develop your natural talents and play to your strengths.
If you show me a tough accounting problem, the blood drains from my head, a wave of stupid washes over me, and I lunge for the nearest cup of coffee before I slip into a coma. But if you show me a thorny, complex staffing problem, I’m fascinated and eager to engage. Energized, I’ll pelt you with questions to learn more. And if I learn that you’ve had the staffing problem for a decade, I’m even more enthralled.
I show no curiosity and strikingly little ability to learn new things in accounting, but I can’t seem to learn enough about subjects that interest me. Naturally, this means that normal people find my bookshelves unutterably dull. I spend countless hours reading everything I can get my hands on about staffing, leadership, productivity and economics. (Seriously it might qualify as an addiction--there is not a single work of fiction… or anything on accounting.)
What’s the problem you love to solve? Great emergency room doctors love to rapidly diagnose patients (I’m quite sure I don’t want to read any of the books on their bookshelves). Great customer service professionals love making grumpy customers feel well-served (but I prefer to avoid grumpy people entirely). Great communications professionals distill complex issues into understandable bites. Great marketing professionals spot trends in the market long before anyone. Great COO’s have a visceral sense of what drives performance in their organization, and a “Spidey sense” for trouble.
We all have gifts. What’s yours?
Are you working in a field that fascinates you, draws you in and consumes your thoughts? If not, go find a field that does. Don’t just clock time in a job that doesn’t fascinate you. In every field there are mad scientists and “Misfit toys” who obsess over the latest research and are eagerly finding ways to get better results than you are. They are your competition… for a job you don’t even like.
Do yourself a favor and go find a job solving problems that interest you, so you can happily spend your days getting even better at it.
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