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@BreakingBarrie3 Thank you very much for having me on the 1st episode of #BreakingBarriers for 2019. I consider this a big privilege.

Thank you to the convener @dayus4heaven and the team @BreakingBarrie3.

Our conversation will focus on identifying your strengths & building a career on it.
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven #breakingbarriers

I will share insights from my experience over the last 6 years doing talent & career management professionally and proferring career advisory and support to young and experienced professionals to build their dream careers and living their best lives.
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Growing up, I always seemed to have a word or two in my mouth. An astute commentator & debator, I had little filter and was never afraid to share my opinions anytime or anywhere. But as I got older, I learned to keep my mouth shut more often & became more productive with my words
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven My natural inclination was to share my opinion, which taught me many painful lessons. This trait has become my greatest asset in my professional life today.

This seeminly childhood trait has had a major influence on my career - being able to share my opinion. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Seemingly by magic, sharing my opinion with the World has attracted like-minded people who share my point of view, and has helped my career - than when I was an opinionated kid.

So how do you identify your greatest assets, your deepest reserves of strength? #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Many people have assumed that strengths are things they do well. But it's not.

What we do well are skills & are learnt - not inate. Skills come & go throughout our life. Strengths align more w/ our personality traits & character, which are relatively constant. #breakingbarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Being able to identify your strengths will you build a career that lies at the intersection of your passion, skill and workplace demand.

It might seem easy - the more you understand what you’re naturally good at, the more success you’re likely to find. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven But, as I discovered & learned, taking a personal inventory can help but will not give an wholistic view of your SWOT.

You will need to engage friends - both in your personal & professional space, and also utilise Strength Finder & personality assessment tools. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven To start with, ask your 3 key questions;

1. What was the hardest time of your life? What did you do to get through that?
2. What were your greatest successes? - what did you do that was different from what others did, the habit or attribute that served as your own tipping point?
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven 3. What gives you the most joy? - Your own personal achievements might not be evident to others, but in your own personal contentment lies a genius that should not be dismissed.

When you feel good doing some work, you are doing your best work. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven After asking yourself these questions - focus on friends;

Identify 10-20 people who know you well from different walks of life, and ask them to write feedback about a time when you were at your best, or saw you exude excellence with joy. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Then spot patterns that are coherent between your answers and feedback from friends.

Look for the common themes that appear in multiple stories. Make a list of the themes, the key examples that support each them, and what they suggest about your strengths. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven The next thing to do is identify the key strengths that are in demand in the workplace.

You might not find a career that fits your interest right off, hence the need to research viable career options that are in demand & plays to your strength. #BreakBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Available career options should be subjected to your interest, goals & values.

Doing work that aligns with your strengths but doesn’t tap into your interest, passion & values will negatively affect your performance & motivation. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven In contrast, when you’re aligned with your strengths, passion, values and interests, you gain and exude a great deal of confidence and expertise—and you do great work with a sense of purpose. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Workplace strengths are often defined in terms of competencies like teamwork, problem-solving or leadership. Also don't overlook your personal traits - ability to comprehend and analyse information, eloquence, tenacity, agility etc. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Applying your strengths/traits to your job—will make you excel in your area of expertise, become a potential leader. If you’re looking to advance your career, assessing and leveraging your strengths is one of the most critical things you can do. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven Final thoughts; identifying your strengths is good for your career - however, don't be fixated that you don't grow as workplace demands change.

Own your development & upskill regularly.

Remember this; you do your best - when you do what you love & are good at. #BreakingBarriers
@BreakingBarrie3 @dayus4heaven I'd be glad to share a book "Strength Finders by Tom Rath" to assist anyone with identifying their strengths here; drive.google.com/file/d/1xf3JqG…

I'm also open to questions. #BreakingBarriers
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