How do you double down on strengths and talents? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Jenny Blake, Author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, on Quora:

Assessing your strengths and interests is about examining what is already working best in your life and work. Ask yourself:

  • What do I most look forward to every week?
  • Which tasks seem to make time fly?
  • When am I most "in the zone" at work?
  • What do people come to me for advice or help on most frequently?
  • What are some tasks that others dread but I love to tackle?
  • What do friends and family say most often are my strengths?
  • Look at what activities kept you busy as a kid, particularly across three age groups: elementary school, middle school, and high school. What do all those activities have in common? What strengths and interests were you expressing and developing even at an early age? Which have you forgotten about that you'd be excited to dive back into, whether it seems related to your work or not?
  • What types of podcasts and books are you most drawn to?

Beyond these reflection questions, I highly recommend the book and assessment from Strengthsfinder 2.0, in addition to Stand Out and the Enneagram (Myers-Briggs can be a bit clunky, but that's helpful too). Use your intuition as you read through the results - what resonates most? What strengths and interests, if you were to double-down on them this year by investing more time, energy and possibly money would make the biggest impact on your life and work?

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Published on: Jan 26, 2017