Wednesday January 14, 2015
Happy New Year!
This is the time of the year when we might be reflecting back on 2014 and looking forward to 2015. This is also a great time to reflect with your children also. An excellent way to help your teen reflect on 2014 is by helping he/ she identify their passions and strengths. If you have missed my last two posts about my adventure in a high school careers class here are part 1 and part 2 of the Road Map to the Future.
I have a postcard from the GALLUP StrengthQuest
“You can do and achieve more by using your talents.
Notice them, use them and share them!”
I believe part of noticing, using and sharing your talents is first to identify your teens passions and then finding the right people to share with their talents (strengths and skills).
It is all about finding your sweet spot.
Take a look at the diagram below. I used this diagram in with students in a 9-12 grades careers class.
Each student had a diagram to complete. Listing their Passions was the first step. The passions circle was not limited to one passion, but to the many personal interests. The second step was to fill in the Skill/ Strength circle. While completing the skills/strength circle, the students were amazed at the multitude of strengths and skills that they already possessed at their age.
The last circle discussed was the market. We are here to serve others using our strengths and passions. Who are you going to serve? For example, if your teen wants to design software, that software is serving a group of people by providing a user friendly computer program. Or if your teen wanted to be a baker, then he or she can use their talents and passion to serve the multitudes of people that come for freshly baked bread. We each have our own stage and skills to serve an audience.
When using your strengths, skills and passions to serve a market that will pay, that is the sweet spot.
Over the years the sweet spot may change and at times being in the sweet spot may not be possible. Sometimes a job is needed to develop skills to get to the sweet spot or a job serves the purpose of developing our passions outside what is done for pay.
Oprah talks about working at being wide awake to her life. I challenged the youth that day to stay wide awake to their lives, to be open to possibilities and to never miss an opportunity to be brilliant! They are the experts on their own life!
What’s your sweet spot?
Please consider leaving a comment below. I would love to hear about your sweet spot!
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