Marcus Buckingham’s book, Now, Discover Your Strengths,
reveals in a study of 2 million people by the Gallup organization that
20% of employees do not feel they are playing to their strengths. That
means that 80% of people are just showing up. Talk about inefficiency.
The rampant issue is not that people are making willful compromises,
but that most people are working in a misguided paradigm. We believe
people can be competent in anything and we should work on our
weaknesses as the area for biggest growth.
Buckingham supports his research of those that have excelled in life
– Tiger Woods, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, to name a few – mitigated or
altogether avoided their weaknesses and focused solely on their
strengths. We are born with innate talents. These turn into strengths
by use and application. A strength is “consistent, near perfect
performance in an activity.”
Perhaps you are losing energy daily because you are playing to your
weaknesses, not your strengths. You are missing a life of fulfillment
and amazing potential by continuing in this vein. Do your passion.
Live your strengths. If you need help discovering them, contact me.