Discovering your strengths can be empowering and sometimes a bit disappointing. After getting the results from Strengths Finder, ( Learner, Empathy, Connectedness, Relator, Ideation) I was happy to know that I was using my strengths and I was aware of them. On the other hand I was a bit disappointed I didn’t have “Stronger” attributes like Commander. It was like being disappointed with a genetic disposition like eye color or height. All of which made me think of how we often obsess over flaws to the point we don’t utilize our strengths.
We’ve become masters of hiding wrinkles, butts, and blemishes of all sorts but what happens when we try to fit our square pegs into a round hole? When an empathetic learner who’s been told she is an excellent teacher and mentor tries to become an engineer? I am fortunate that I am very aware of who I am (it’s one of my strengths) but what about those who don’t or suppress their talents for too many reasons to review here. This leads me to believe there are many frustrated unhappy individuals not living on purpose.
How do we change this paradigm? I believe we need to start recognizing one another’s strengths and praise them. We need to start doing this at an early age we need to be finders of good and strong rather than bad and weak. Imagine how the world would look then if we were all living our purpose…