“Once you start focusing on using your strengths, once you know what those are, you have the ability to add a different value to the world and contribute in a way that you weren’t contributing before when you were trying to partition yourself in a lot of different ways.” – Scott Anthony Barlow
On this episode of Finding Brave, our expert guest shares how we have a much better chance of attaining career happiness when we focus on our strengths first. However, just because you’re good at something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be doing it as your career. What he shares today will shift your mindset around your strengths, getting you excited about pivoting to be who you want to be, as well as achieving the impact you want to make in the world.
Founder and CEO of Happen to Your Career, Scott Anthony Barlow, has been featured on CNBC, Yahoo, CareerBuilder, Fast Company and Huffington Post and various Colleges and Universities as a top expert on Career Happiness.
He and his team run 2 of the top 5 “Career Change” Podcasts on iTunes including the Happen to Your Career Podcast.
Scott is proof that your dream life and career really aren’t as far away as you feel it may be. Just believing that you are worth it, you can take the necessary steps to take control of your journey and make it happen.
Highlights from this Episode:
- Why most people don’t seem to understand their strengths and the gifts they have to offer [5:07]
- A way to identify your strengths if you aren’t sure of them [7:55]
- What are “signature strengths” [9:00]
- How we often get misguided in what we should be pursuing for our career based on our perceived strengths [10:57]
- Ways to add value to your employer, and an example of how Scott did this for an organization in his previous role [13:48]
- The “trifecta” we should be looking for when deciding on what we want to do for work [16:50]
- What’s behind the myth that we can’t make money doing what we love [19:13]
- The reasons that no past experience is wasted if you leave your corporate job [21:50]
- Why a lot of assessments don’t work, and an example of one that works well in moving the people that take it forward [28:28]
- What a great quantitative assessment will do [31:30]
- The exciting ways that Scott and his team are helping others recognize and act upon their strengths [35:13]
For More Information:
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Kathy’s Free Career Path Self-Assessment
“When we get feedback in the world, it’s often appreciation for our skills, and those things that are just the tip of the iceberg. However, that’s not our actual strength.” [10:57]
“I felt very compelled to make sure if I was doing something, that I was actually capturing people’s attention and doing so in a way that was going to cause them to change their behavior.” [15:18]
“I don’t enjoy, like or find a lot of use for assessments. I find that more often than not, for the average person, it is misleading more so than anything else. What I do find to be very useful is those assessments that allow you to learn more about yourself.” [29:23]
“What we do as an organization is help people identify what really creates an ideal career for them, and then we help them connect that to the real world.” [35:19]
“You have to decide that you no longer want to accept where you’re at in your life, or what you’re receiving and what you’re putting out into the world right now. Once you decide that there can be something that’s better for you, even if you don’t know what it is, you want to commit to finding that.” [36:20]
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