When it comes to finding a career that’s right for you and good for the world, you have to know your strengths. A key to the success of our Echoing Green Fellows, for example, is their ability to uncover and focus on what they rock at. (They often fill in the holes in their expertise by supplementing them with talented people on their team.) It’s a simple formula for impact. With that in mind, we want to know, what are you good at?
Talking. Motivating. Inspiring. Leading. Dreaming. Learning. Imagining. Connecting. Brainstorming. Believing. Writing. Seeking. Teaching. Coaching. All of these are my “super powers.”
Growing up as a military brat often gave me the opportunity to experience different parts of the United States as well as Asia and Europe. I was always learning to adapt to new and different people and places. I think this has given me a greater appreciation for other cultures and their customs. It’s also given me opportunities to experience different perspectives and through that I learned that we’re all inter-connected. At the core of who we are, we all have the same basic needs and share dreams of freedom, abundance and love for our families and friends… And as our forefathers asserted, we all have certain “inalienable rights.”
Growing up, I was never really sure what I wanted to be but I knew who. The only way I could explain it was “Like Oprah, but better.” I have no idea how that will fully manifest but I know better than to ask those questions now.
My dream is to help guide people to realizing their own dreams. I’m not sure when I’ll know if I’m good at that but I strive every day to get myself there and I think my super powers are well suited to that goal. :) I know what my first mission is and I started it a couple of years ago.
But knowing what I’m best at was the easy part. The hardest lesson for me has been learning to let go and forgive myself for the things I’m not good at rather than trying to continuously force myself to improve them. When I started supplementing my team with people who not only were better than me in some areas but who enjoyed doing those things (bookkeeping – ICK!), I immediately noticed a shift not just within myself but my organization, my team and even my personal life! I’m a much happier person! : )
I’ve always thought we had to be the best we can at everything. Letting go of some of that and focusing on the things I’m good at has made all the difference.