If you're not good at something, is it a weakness? If you're good at something, is it a strength? No, it's not that simple. There's a difference between natural talents or strengths, and things that you learn over time by building skills and knowledge. There are many things that when you start out, you will be unskilled. That's not a weakness. I'll pause right there, to let that sink in. It’s a key concept when you're trying to figure out your strengths and weaknesses.
Everybody has a super hero power (or at least I haven't found anybody yet who doesn't.) The funny thing is, not everybody knows what their super hero power is (or at least not off the top of their head.) The people that know their super hero power and use it, find work more rewarding and they get more rewards. Why? Because they are giving their best where they have their best to give. They stand out.
The 20 percent spike is a distinctive strength. It's unusually powerful. Using your 20 percent spike generates exponential results. It's a way to amplify your impact and maximize results. My 20 percent spike is information artistry. I use this skill to create, organize, and share complex information in a simple way. At work, it helps me write more effective books. At home, it helps me learn faster and turn insights into action. From a service standpoint, it helps me unleash the best in others.
I’ve been thinking of my life as a business. Without getting too carried away with the analogy - after all, life’s way more than business - it gives me a helpful frame, along with patterns and practices, to draw from. Rather than think of a business that makes money, I think of a business that creates value (the mark of an enduring business.) In this case, value for yourself and others.
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