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Get tips on recognizing strengths and building on them

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When we talk about unleashing the human potential, it is important for us to discover our potential first before waiting for others to tap it.

Each of us has our own set of strengths and weaknesses. Do you work on your strengths to overcome your weaknesses, or do you work on your weaknesses?

In my opinion, it is better to build on our strengths to cover our weaknesses. It doesn't mean that we never improve on our weaknesses, or try turning them into strengths. We can do it to a certain extent only. But we must always strive to give our best in whatever we do, whether it is in the workplace or outside.

Aside from strengths and weaknesses, there are other factors that affect performance, and these include job profile, the organization and its environment, peers or colleagues, and the systems in place.

If your strength lies in your technical skills and if you work in a managerial position, you have to slowly and steadily grasp the important qualities of a manager, which you gain with time and experience. Nothing is impossible. It is only will and passion that will drive you to achieve your professional goals.

Conduct a thorough introspection of yourself before you work towards your goals. There is no need to recall regrets for decisions and actions taken in the past. Better late in pursuing your goals than not having one at all. In between, assess the path where you are heading to; this will keep you on track.

Remember, there is nothing to despair. Do not underestimate yourself. We all have skills and talents. It just depends on how you recognize your talents and build on them.

Handy Hints:

• Focus on your strengths; work on overcoming your weaknesses

• Set realistic goals; establish a specific time frame to attain them

• Recognize every little achievement; never underestimate yourself

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Source: G.K. Shankar, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is HR Professional