Our instinct is to find out what we do poorly and invest time and money into getting better.  Makes sense right?  But have you ever asked yourself, “what does this kind of personal development do to help me feel strong and satisfied with my life“?

According to author and motivational speaker Marcus Buckingham – it does NOTHING!

To be happy in our work Marcus suggests that we truly understand our strengths and invest time in doing activities that engage these skills on a daily basis.

IfeelStrongI love this thought process.

The questions I’m often asked about working from home pertain to how I made it happen.  The core of that answer lies in this idea:  I spend the majority of my day doing activities that showcase my strengths – which just happen to be do-able from home.

It’s not 100 percent. I still perform tasks that are not my favorite thing to do, but every month I add a little more of what I love and push out what I don’t.

The journey toward living the dream takes thoughtful decision making and execution.  If you’d like a great head start check out the eight session career intervention course Marcus Buckingham presented to a group of woman on the Oprah show a few years ago.

Sweet Tweet:

“The difference between a pebble and a mountain lies in whom you ask to move it” – Marcus Beckingham @tlross_75

If you’re looking for a little more passion in your work space I challenge you to celebrate one of your strengths and to perform an activity every day that highlights that skill.

In the comment section below I’d love to hear about your strengths and how you actively use what increases your passion and energy.  You never know when someone else is looking for your special skill!


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