Know your strengths

That seems to be the message I have been receiving the last couple weeks.  Talk about it hitting you in the face.  Clue number 1 – If you have not read Strengthfinders 2.0 – I think it is worth a read.  The book is written by Tom Rath and has been on the bestseller list for the last 5 years.  What made me sit up and take notice is that it talks about focusing on your strengths and it gives you 34 different themes that you could fall under.  I have to finish doing the assessment but I just realized I have been wasting my time trying to excel at something I will never be a natural at.  A hard lesson to learn but that is the reality.

Clue number 2 – a movie – a Hindi movie – 3 Idiots – well made that talks about the lessons you learn while in college.  For those of you reading this that are not familiar with Indian culture – you should know that Indians value and respect education, the more the education, the more the respect.  Hence – an engineer and doctor are the most highly respected and any parent will do anything to make sure that their kids will become engineers or doctors.

I know, it is kind of difficult to comprehend – but the system works – and they do have brilliant minds.  So now try telling your parent you don’t want to become an engineer – when your dad has already mapped out and saved for your future from the day you were born. That journey is what the movie was all about.  I loved the way the story line basically showed you how you can be successful if you follow your passion – which automatically happens to be your strength.

This year seems to be a lot of new perspectives – so another one that I have been hanging on to dear life – I have to let go.  Its a tough call – but change is the only thing that is constant – yes?

4 Responses to “Know your strengths”

  1. Sree says:

    I need to look up this book! I do take issue with you on the claim that engineers and doctors are more educated than others. They are more focused with respect to the education — especially focused on a career. Indians, and Asian in general have a thing for ensuring job security. One that is possible with an engineering or medicine, or so we believed. With the market opening up and allowing people to be innovative have made that myth disappear fast. Given that Rath’s book may be more valuable, showing how one can benefit by focusing on one’s innate strengths not just professional education!

  2. Malini says:

    Don’t you agree that doctors and engineers are highly respected in India? Isn’t it because they are considered highly educated, along with the job security as you mentioned? I do know the market is opening up and now there are those who try for other careers, but it is a slow process. Yes, the book is designed to look at one’s innate strengths – it will help you figure it out (if you don’t already know) or will help you enhance your strengths and your career – if you already know. Read the book and let me know what you think.

  3. Rema says:

    I believe the respect given to the professions of engineering and “doctory” (not medicine per se) in India has more to do with attractive salaries than with the amount of education. If education (i.e., an academic degree) were the criteria, then the numerous Ph.D’s in India, especially those in the social sciences, would also have been held in high esteem.

  4. Malini says:

    Like Sreechettan said the reason why engineering and doctory are given so much respect is because you know you will find a steady job and you make money right after you graduate from college – just like the lawyers and bankers in the US. In context to my post- I was specifically talking about that aspect – as they showed in the movie. But you have to agree as a culture Asians give a lot of emphasis on education – whatever the motive.