And whether or not you agree with Don’s methodology or approve of his lifestyle, there is something Don has that I find informative and extremely seductive.
He knows his strengths and he isn’t afraid to use them. When it comes to saving a deal that is about to go south Don releases his power full force, weaves a tale that no one can resist, and gets his client right where he wants them. Sigh.
Our strengths are ultimately the key to our success so knowing, growing, and putting them into action can bring us closer to doing what we love and loving what we do.
And here’s a radical thought. Being good at something doesn’t necessarily count as strength. If you do something well and have no passion for it you may end up being drained by that activity rather than feeling empowered by it.
If you are curious about developing new abilities or discovering strengths you may not know you have, try these tips and you may give Don a run for his money.
Oh and here’s to having it all like Don and enjoying it too!
• Take notice: What gets you excited? Are you happy when they ask you to take script notes or wild with joy when they ask you to paint a wall? It’s pretty obvious when excitement is visible and you feel motivated and alive. Give yourself a week and write down activities that drain you or energize you. Pay attention to your own response and use those as a guide to uncover hidden talents and strengths along the way to where you are going.
• Let your freak flag fly: Or in other words, appreciate your uniqueness. Notice what you do differently from everyone else and let it shine. Take note of your contribution and focus on how your strengths are making a positive impact and give yourself credit.
• Get out of the box: Finding new strengths takes exploration and a willingness to traverse some new terrain. Explore new roles. Be willing to experiment. Try something new. Most of all make it fun and know that you are gathering valuable information for you and your team.
• Cultivate your strengths. Focus on your strengths and not on your weaknesses. Nurturing your key strengths is your personal path to excellence. Surround yourself with those that compliment you in strengths you don’t have and stay open to feedback on how to further develop the strengths you possess.
See you on set,