What Are You Best At?

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?

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I’m emotional and I want to be a actress or show player.

I’m sentimental that I want to work in INGO to share my value to this world.
I’m brave that I want to work on great projects.
I’m 23 and I’m still trying. 
Answered over 2 years ago sidi wang 12 from United States
over 2 years ago echoing green said:

Yes! Good luck with everything!


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.

Answered over 2 years ago genevieve chase 32 from United States
over 2 years ago tallybower said:

Genevieve- Thank you for another thoughtful and wonderful response. I love this idea of “Like Oprah, but better.” It’s funny how we find certain archetypes or role models to build on. I wonder how many millions of children have taken Oprah as their jump off point for dreaming about the future.


My biggest strength is my ability to “lead from behind.” I consider building the skills and confidence of others on my team to be one of my biggest responsibilities as a leader, and I’m really good at helping others succeed at different components of a project while providing the overall vision and direction. None of the big projects or ventures that I have started have died off, and I think that this is why. I am also really good at listening to others and project management.

Answered over 2 years ago laura_white 150 4 from United States


Not only staying calm in crises and other high pressure situations but creating a bubble of calm for those around me. Quickly finding meaning and pattern in large amounts of information. Helping those with differing views find common ground. Asking the question that moves a group forward by refocusing attention, dispelling conflict, getting people to look at things in a new way.

Answered over 2 years ago shirley keeton 7 from United States
over 2 years ago tallybower said:

It is so hard to stay calm yourself, what skills have you developed to create a bubble of calm for others? That is definitely a powerful skill to develop.

over 2 years ago shirley keeton said:

@tallybower I can’t really say that it is something I have developed with intent. It is more a matter of who I am and how I see the world. I have been through some very, very ugly things in my life and that left me with a worldview that helps keep perspective even in a crisis. I don’t know why I have a calming effect on people other than not getting rattled myself. I just know that I get comments like “I don’t know how but it will be okay now that you are here.” This was said to me by a Red Cross emergency director when I arrived at an operations center after a tornado the town where I was living. More recently I was working with a group who were all in a rush and anxious over the event for which we are preparing when my boss looked at me and asked me “Do you ever get rattled?”


I am well fast in community mobilization, organizing people to address various needs for their betterment especially vulnerable members in the society.

Answered over 2 years ago silaswekesa 10 from Kenya
over 2 years ago tallybower said:

Great photo. Thanks for sharing.


What am I best at? It’s hard to separate out the things we get rewarded for from the things we truly excel at. Is the man who stands outside our building best at selling loosies, or is that just the opportunity he’s exploited for himself? When we ask what you are best at, we hope you can think beyond your job. If you get paid everyday to do what you are best at, it’s amazing. If not, don’t worry.

What’s great about our approach at Work on Purpose is that we expand the definition of work and career to include all of the activities that we do, not just your main paycheck grind. Some of the things I am best at include biking in heavy traffic, not getting lost in tropical vernacular urban planning, and organizing complex narratives into succinct multi-media deliverables. Maybe I would make a great designer @#$% courier in the Zona Norte section of Rio!

When you imagine your future, it is hard to see yourself getting paid for something other than what you have been doing in the past. Because we invest time into the skills we practice at our jobs, it’s scary to think about switching to a new type of job, even if the new opportunity allows you to do what you are best at. For people just beginning their careers, it’s amazing to decide early on that you want to have a positive social impact. For people further along in their career it can be incredibly difficult to make a serious change, even if it is towards increased fulfillment. Money and prestige in particular can get in the way of decisions to make changes in our careers.  Beyond what people think they are best at right now, I would love to know what everyone thinks they will be best at a few years down the road. It’s an easy question to ask, but hard to answer. I think I would love to really develop my skill for telling complex stories about people doing meaningful work!

Answered over 2 years ago tallybower 289 3 from United States


What am I best at?.. Hmm, I think I am best at keeping a positive attitude and trying to spread that to others. I might falter from time to time, as I am sure everyone gets in those moods when something bad happens but, I make a conscience effort to not to allow it to hold me down or keep me from trying again. I think keeping an optimistic outlook is important for a persons total well being and mental health. So, that is why I do my very best to keep a positive attitude. 

Answered over 2 years ago haltonburg 2 from United States


I am good at impacting the lives of children and families, causing change to unhappy situations, or coming up with ways to help someone in need of assistance. I am a people person, I love putting a smile on people’s faces, however, my passion is to impact one’s life in a positive way to help individuals reach or set them up to reach their full potential. I came from an abused home and I am eager to help others that have been abused, need help to be placed in a loving home, or just help to get on one’s feet. My passion is the people but mainly children. I want to be a part of making a difference in a child’s life. I knew how important it was for someone to see past the smile I carried on my face, and to see the pain I had inside, not easy to do, but when you have lived the life, you can help others to make better choices than you may have, or create ways to give them purpose.

Answered over 2 years ago andreaypalmer 2 from United States


I don’t know what I’m good at. Yet, I do know that when I am passionate about something nothing gets in my way of reaching my goals. When I care so deeply about something that it consumes my life, I know that I am meant to be a part of it. I know that the best way to succeed is to take advantage of what everyone has to offer. I know that I am usually a good judge of character and intention. I also know that the most importnat thing that determines what anyone is best at is that they love what they are doing. 

Answered over 2 years ago emily tioneb 2 from United States


I'm good working with people and understanding others sistuations. I am also pretty good in math I always score higher on the sections in a standardized exam. I'm also a good listener and I like to be promt and on time with everything that I do.

Answered over 2 years ago trductant 2 from United States


This is a tough question, it’s really hard to accurately self-assess. I believe though that I am best at encouraging and taking part in open, honest communication. I have learned through many different experiences that many of the sticky situations or failures that happen in one’s life is because of poor communication or lack of communication. I believe that this is something I am getting better and better at each day. I try to express my feelings, thoughts and ideas and be very receptive to others.

Answered over 2 years ago rebekahfoster 2 from unknown


What a great question. Honestly I have never thought too much about this until my mother passed away 2 years ago. It somewhat goes along with the lecture last evening regarding purpose and how you need to find it. I found my purpose now all I hope is that I am good at it. Notice I really didn’t say best. Why,because I believe you are always learning. If I were to choose one thing I consider myself best at it would be identifying needs. Throughout my professional career this had been the one thing I have excelled at which in turn has effected change in my life or others.  Striving to the be the best at anything is a huge task, but what I have found is that the effort out ways the means. Trying is something you can always do in your life. The fact that I continually try to find needs or what I call “holes” in situations has only inspired me to be the best I can be. How I am able to solve these needs is something I do strive to be best at.

Answered over 2 years ago ufgatorgirl 2 from United States


I am best at listening to people and giving advice.  Because of this, I want to become a Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialty in sexuality.  I want to help people become more educated about sexual health and their sexuality.  I am also really good at delegating tasks and organizing groups of people which will help me in the future when I want to have my own practice.

Answered over 2 years ago marissam34 2 from unknown


I am best at connecting with others. It takes no major skills—it simply requires interest. You can look at the masses of people around you as faceless and disposable, or as treasures waiting to be discovered. I tend to look at others and see the good in them—but even before that, I yearn to connect with people. If no one tried to connect with anyone, we would all be nameless, faceless, soulless strangers. What makes the human race magical is our ability to communicate, emphasize, care for and respect each other—and connect with each other on deep levels.

The reason I am best at it is because I like it, I’m interested in it, and it makes me feel good. This trait of mine is one of the main reasons I was drawn to the field of sociology at the University of Florida. I feel that studying sociology will help me hone the skills and interests I already possess and allow me to help others more effectively. Also, I never knew there were official terms and definitions of the things I observed on a daily basis but could never quite put into words—until I started studying sociology.

Connecting with others is my main strength, and I make it a goal to connect with others on multiple levels. It begins with strangers. I took a class in social deviance for my sociology major and had a life-changing moment when an expert on suicide came to speak at our class. He told us a story (second or third hand, but as jolting as ever) which he learned from a documentary. The story was about a professor whose student committed suicide. I don’t remember 100 percent but I think the professor’s focus was in suicide. Anyway the professor was shown the student’s suicide note. It said something to the effect of “If someone smiles at me on my way to kill myself, I won’t jump.” Since the professor only learned of this after the student’s death, it can only be assumed that no one smiled at him on his way to his death. This account struck a chord in me and ignited my desire to connect with everyone—even strangers. I used to look down or look around on my way to class or work or home. Now I make an effort to look at people and smile as genuinely as possible. I avoid giving fake smiles, so when I’m not in the mood to smile at everyone I simply don’t—but I try to force myself to smile at everyone, because I never know whose life it might save. On a less dramatic note, smiling at others is free and harmless, so why not do it? I think if more people thought like that—thought, why not?—there would be more connections in this world, and greater happiness.

In my classes, I try to connect with those around me by having conversations and making friends in each class. Little things such as maintaining eye contact, positive body language, a smiling face, and a welcoming tone of voice go a long way. Asking questions is an instant way to connect with someone, because it makes others feel interested and therefore fosters connection. Genuineness and interest are two roots that found connection.

In my personal life, I try to take the time to get to know friends on a deeper level than mere acquaintances. I would rather talk with someone face-to-face than on the phone or computer.  In my interactions, I try to consciously do more listening than talking, though it sometimes happens that I do more talking. It makes me feel good to be considered a good friend or a trustworthy person, or a reliable worker or coworker.

What I like best about connecting with others is how simple it is yet how meaningful it can be. It does not require a single material thing. It comes down to being yourself and enjoying the presence of others. And the more we reach out to others, the more we improve ourselves.

 By: Danielle Berkow

Student of: SYA 4110 section 4255 --Development of Sociological Thought with Professor Kristin Joos, Ph.D.

Answered over 2 years ago danielle nicole berkow 6 from United States


I am best at making people happy, making sure that those around have everything they need. I am best at taking care of kids and protecting them from any danger. I am best at giving.

Answered over 2 years ago jenipherca 2 from unknown


This question is really hard for me to answer because I feel like there many things that I am good at that would not help anyone. But to answer this question honestly I would say that there are a few things that I am good at. I am really good at anything that has to do with music. I have been really quick at picking up a new instrument and I would say that I am a pretty good singer. I am also really good at languages. I speak four languages so you can say that I am a linguist and should be able to pick up other languages pretty easily. I am also a problem solver, when I see something wrong I would not stop until I am able to fix it. I am also a servant at heart. I find myself being most joyful when I am serving someone and I know I made their days better because of the work that I did for them. I am also someone who likes to encourage people. I think a lot of people go through their lives hoping someone would notice something good about them and see the good things they do. So if someone is doing something I love to show them that I can see they are working hard and that they should keep up the good work. A word of affirmation here and there has never hurt anyone. Finally, I think something I also do well is love people. I know this probably ties into the service part but I have always had a heart  for people and when I care for somebody I usually tend to really care for them.

Answered over 2 years ago erick83kom 2 from United States


I am best at seeing the best in others and encouraging them to be all that they can be. I am best at finding things I love, like good design and art and interesting stories. I am good at making a way to get things done and keeping my head on straight when things get tough. Mostly, I’m just best at loving others and always trying to find out what’s best for them.

Answered over 2 years ago anneisbananas 2 from United States


I am a great listener and love helping others. I will put anything on hold for my friends or family if they need me at any time. 

Answered over 2 years ago azania13 2 from unknown


I’m best at being me, knowing me. I am passionate, dedicated, hard-working, intelligent, loving, mature, afraid of settling and clowns, slightly OCD, and incredibly optimistic about the world and hopeful in humankind-admittedly, sometimes naively so. And I am very much okay with this. I know that I have a lot to offer and intend to use my talents to “save the world,” as cliche as that sounds. I know I can do it. As Mark Twain stated, “the two most important days in your life and the day you are born, and the day you find out way.” I found out why a while back. After all, I’m best at being me, knowing me. 

Answered over 2 years ago daniifer 2 from unknown


I’m best at bringing smiles to those around me. I believe that even though I may have things going on in my life, keeping those around me happy is always a huge priority. It makes me happy when my family and friends are happy. It’s uplifting to give. I believe in good karma. I feel that being the best me that I can to those around me will eventually come back to me in good deeds, at least I’m hoping.

Answered over 2 years ago mruiz0318 2 from unknown


What a great question! I hate answering questions about myself because I do not like to draw attention to myself, so I will answer this question concisely and frankly.

I am best at maintaining calm in the middle of a crisis, playing the mediator, and dealing with authority.
I am best at being an anchor for my friends and family.  I hold an optimistic and positive worldview that never wavers so my close ones turn to me when they need a reassuring smile or encouragement to carry on.  I have an internal moral compass which compels me to speak out and act against injustices.  Injustice ignites my passion, when I am passionate I am unstoppable. I am good at analyzing the root of a problem and then presenting that problem, with a solution to an authority figure when I know I have a valid point.  I am best at advocating for justice.
Answered over 2 years ago paloma grace 2 from United States


I believe that I am best at being an empowerment for underprivileged youth. I am best at letting other youth know that regardless what their story is or where they come from, They can turn their future into a brighter end than their beginning. I feel that i was born to help and pull out the best in people. When i know i help a child find their confidence it makes me feel successful.

Answered over 2 years ago erigator2 2 from unknown


I’m not quite sure what to call my best feature but let’s just say I’m really great at making friends. I have always enjoyed engaging in conversation with new people to learn more about their stories and to get a better understanding of who they are. In turn, I feel like most people can appreciate my genuine interest in them and feel comfortable enough to exchange their ideas without holding back or feeling judged. It is experiences like these that have allowed me to find meaning in the work I have done so far and will hopefully be the driving force to find my ultimate purpose. Having met so many different people along my college career, I realize I am fortunate to have these communication skills and would simply like to help others develop their voices too.

Answered over 2 years ago criskit 2 from unknown


I am good at vividly painting pictures in my mind. Although these pictures may often represent anxious thoughts, or be my window of escape from unpleasantries in the world around me, I create alternate visions that feel as real as the world around me. I am, and have always been a dreamer. I am also an eternal optimist. I firmly believe that every experience that we have was meant to happen for a very specific reason. With that in mind, I always look for the sweetness that is knowledge in every situation. If you have a positive outlook on life, you are always ready to make the most of any situation. We only have one life to live, so why not soak up all the sun and reap all the sweetness there is to reap?

Answered over 2 years ago wertrees 2 from unknown


After sitting in thought for five minutes, I believe it can be concluded accurately that I’m not the best at positive self assessment. If you asked in what five areas do I need the most improvement, I could write for an hour. As a final answer, I am going to have to say that I am best at working under pressure. I have always juggled a lot in life from within school obligation to work to family issues. Many moments have arisen in personal settings to academic that carried heavy responsibility or crucial deadlines. Somehow, I always manage to succeed in these times. The pieces of the puzzle are scattered everywhere but I can someone see the picture when stress is at its strongest. I wish I could say I remained calm and was able to aid others in moments of crises. Rather, pressure brings out my strengths to pull ends together  by my own. I tend to be a leader and take charge in these moments. At the same time, I keep an open mind and am able to see the situation from outside my own perspective. I give constructive criticism well and also receive it well. I understand this strength to be someone vague and hope in time to narrow in on specifics. 

Answered over 2 years ago shaybarnes4 4 from United States