A simple 2-step exercise for figuring out what you’re really good at
If we ever had coffee and I asked you what your skills are, you’d probably tell me one of two things:
1. I don’t know what my skills are.
2. I don’t have (m)any.
The first answer might be born from the simple fact that you haven’t thought about that question often.
The second answer, is probably because you’re human. We humans have a difficult job seeing our own skills as skills. We don’t consider them skills but rather just things we do.
So during this fictional coffee, the first thing I would do is to try to help you figure out what skills you already have. I’d even pull out a stack of note cards, which would probably make you recoil a little. But the goal is to create a list of our current skills so that we know what we have to work with, what might be missing and what we want to improve.
There are only two steps to this exercise:
1. Write down ideas.
2. Look for patterns.
For my high‑detail friends this is like some sort of dream come true. For my low‑detail friends, you are among company. I feel your lack of organization but I assure you that your career is worth it.