Day 8 – Discovering your strengths and Non-Strengths

I give myself permission to:

  1. Research and Experiment to find work that energizes me and allows me to provide great opportunities for my family.
  2. Simplify my life by focusing on three passion themes (Playing/Recording Music, Photography, Health & Fitness)
  3. Find a way to help/inspire others through Blogs, Vlogs, Websites, Music, Photos..ideally within the themes I am passionate about
Actions from Day 8:
Answer the following questions to discover your strengths. Remember that right now you are not at all worrying about anything beyond the simple question. If you find yourself thinking, “Well, I like to do this but I am not sure this could ever translate into a career!” Don’t worry about that right now. You are in the discovery phase. Skills can always be learned but passion can only come from within you.

  • What tasks are you good at?
    • Developing & Documenting processes
    • Spreadsheets
    • Learning new technology tools
    • Finding my way around
    • Managing project details
    • Communicating status
    • Empathizing
    • Thinking big picture/company first
  • What things do you genuinely enjoy doing? Perhaps you’re a rock star at presenting a new idea, researching a product, doing a price comparison, entertaining a client or fixing a water pipe. Get creative.
    • Fun activities outside of work:
      • Guitar, Photography, Biking, Blading, Skiing, Boating, Motorcycling, Tubing, Hiking,
    • Fun activities I’ve done at work:
      • Creating things with CAD, Develop spreadsheets, Develop project tracking tools, Organizing data,
  • What activities leave you buzzing with energy?
    • Motion sports as outlined above
    • Seeing a final product that I have worked on.
  • What tasks do you get lost in—when minutes become hours?
    • Guitar
    • Data management (folder structures etc.)
    • Editing Photos
    • Creating solid models
    • Creating project tracking sheets
    • Watching movies
  • What do bosses, coworkers or friends always ask you to help with?
    • Spreadsheets
    • Power points
  • Where are you an expert?
    • Beginner guitar
    • Flying model aircraft
    • Project Management
  • What are the things you’re most proud of?
    • PT200
    • The new C-Ceries Tractor
  • What skills and experience do you believe you have that others would happily pay you for right now?
    • Project management/Lean management structure
    • Best practice in photo organization
    • Lawnmower design
    • Design Thinking
    • Leading a team with company first mindset
  • What underlying strengths do these tasks require? These things could be: problem-solving, organizing, listening, public speaking, project-managing, creative-thinking, movement, empathy, writing, drawing, designing, relating to others, etc. List the five things you know you rock at.
    • Empathy, project management, problem solving, cross functional team leadership, organizing

Answer the following questions to discover your non-strengths.

  • What tasks make your blood boil when they cross your mind?
    • Data entry the same way over and over again
  • What tasks do you dread—minutes feel like hours?
    • Public speaking
    • Leading a group session
  • What work or social experiences have been most difficult for you?
    • Leading a group of people I don’t know well or haven’t established respect with yet.
    • Leading a group of people that have similar or more experience in my field (Lean)
  • What have been your worst work experiences and who were you with?
    • Interesting…I am finding it difficult to come up with my “Worst” work experiences
  • What have been your worst personal experiences and who were you with?
    • Same issue….not sure what my worst personal experiences have been.  Maybe the dating process when I was younger?
  • What do you constantly procrastinate?
    • Creating new lean product development content for my employer
  • What has been on your list of “things to do” for months or years? Is it because it is a difficult task so you prioritize easier things—or is it because it is something you think you are supposed to do?
    • Creating new lean product development content
    • Kayaking – Not sure why….perhaps I am waiting to be able to to do this with someone.
    • Kite Boarding – Probably because you can’t do it too many places
  • What does this show about what you hate doing? These things could be: problem-solving, organizing, listening, public speaking, project-managing, creative-thinking, movement, empathy, writing, drawing, designing, relating to others, etc. List the five things you know you hate to do.

Why??

    • Unsure/lacking confidence
    • Ease of getting started
    • Too many priorities that are of higher interest
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About Troy

A Husband, Father, Lean Product Development Coach, Photographer, Musician.
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