Strengths vs. weaknesses: all are assets
Identify and understand your own weaknesses. Learn what the expectations are of you in your new role, and then set your own bar. What do you want to learn? Where do you want to be? Be proactive in classifying what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at. By doing so, you’ll be able to more efficiently approach a new position, while simultaneously preparing yourself for a happy, long-term career.
Do what makes you feel uncomfortable
Understand that at a new place of employment, you’re not going to know it all right away. Be open and receptive enough to learn something new every day. Once you’ve identified those areas that cause you the most discomfort, spend more time working on them – this will build your skill level and thus mastery of your job. You need to be a sponge when you first start anything new; go in with an open mind and start absorbing all that you can.
Remember the old saying, “do what you love, not what you’re good at”? If you’re not necessarily the most proficient in a certain aspect of business, but it interests you and you can foresee yourself further developing a passion in that area, pursue it, don’t walk away from it. I think the reason why some people – and if I can be so bold, most people – end up in dead end jobs that they don’t love is because they never took chances when it came to their career. Don’t be that person. Don’t live with those regrets. The worst thing you could do is wake up one day when you’re in your forties and ask yourself what you’ve done with your professional life.
Take realistic chances
A job is your source of income, your livelihood. So while you need to make decisions that are wise for you financially, don’t let money completely dictate where you stay, because it will ultimately dictate where you end up – if you let it. When you’re passionate about what you do, and you follow your heart, nobody can do your job better than you. And I promise, the money will follow.
So, get out there. And by getting out there, put yourself out there. Take those chances, those opportunities that are staring you in the face, daring you to take the leap. Taking “risks” and doing what you’re not necessarily the best at is how you’ll get that oddity job that you never would have found otherwise.
Another great quote to live by in your work life – jeez, I’m full of them today – is, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
So, take the shot.