WHY STRENGTH?

There are two things for sure about career success. You have to know what you are good at, and you have to find the right fit between you and your career.

In an ideal world, one discover talent when s/he is young, develop the talent, put talent in the right jobs, make good money, find the right partner, get married, then live happily ever after. In the real world, it does not happen this way for most. Finding a career that fits you is like finding a lover who is compatible with you, it is not a linear progress, it is constantly evolving, convoluted, spiral, zigzag, or has no clear pattern at all.

HOME_QuoteMark_StartMost people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong […] And yet, a person can perform only from strength.

– Peter Drucker

More than 70% of population either feeling neutral, negative, or miserable about what they do for living.  Why? Because most people are not given the opportunity to do what they do best at work.  That means, a big part of their talents are not being utilized at their jobs. (Source: Gallup)

The reason that causes so many people get into the wrong job and so much talent wasted is a misguided maxim: You can be anything you want to be if you just try hard enough.  This prevalent belief has caused our society’s relentless focus on fixing people’s deficiencies rather than developing their strength.  What’s even more disheartening is this obsession has affected young people in the home & classroom – almost any learning program is to help us become who we are not and promote mediocrity.

The reason that causes so many people get into the wrong job and so much talent wasted is a misguided maxim:

You can be anything you want to be if you just try hard enough.

Parents drag their children to afterschool programs to overcome difficulties in the subjects where they have no talent, these children later become college students who study majors in which they have no interest nor strength, eventually, these students are hired by organizations based on their degrees and work in jobs where they have no passions nor competencies.  This negative cycle is the reason why so many people spend a lifetime headed in the wrong direction, from the cradle, to the classroom, then to the office, and eventually disappear from this world, without ever uncovering their greatest talents and potential.

The reality is that a person who does not have too much of analytical & logical thinking ability is unlikely to be a great engineer or a computer programmer.  And the person without much compassion will never become an empathetic counselor or nurse.  This simple truth is confirmed from Gallup’s 1997 study that a person’s innate “wiring” has a profound effect on a person’s predisposition for success in a particular job. This innate “wiring” is what you were born with, your natural gifts and core talents.

The most successful people start with their core talents and then invest in learning, training, and practicing to develop their talent into their strength.  When they do this, their raw talent actually serves as a multiplier in this strength equation:

The Gallup research also discovered people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies. When you are able to apply your strength in the right jobs, that is where you consistently perform well and where you can achieve true excellence. So a more accurate maxim should be: “you cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more than who you already are.”

So a more accurate maxim should be:

You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more than who you already are.

We believe you will be dramatically more effective, fulfilled, and happy when you are able to focus on the best of yourself. When you pursue your true life passion and career calling, magic happens! You have a clear vision of the success you want to achieve; you are energetic, enthusiastic, and care about what you do at work; you reach your full potential to live an extraordinary life, and you will make your greatest possible contribution to the world.

It is with this belief that we have designed our programs to celebrate what’s right about you™. We want to help you become who you were meant to be and be proud of your own uniqueness.

ONLY WHEN YOU OPERATE FROM STRENGTHS
CAN YOU ACHIEVE TRUE EXCELLENCE

To do your job well, you’ll need to cultivate a deep understanding of yourself not only what your strengths and weaknesses are but also how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution.

Because only when you operate from strengths
can you achieve true excellence

PETER DRUCKER, Managing Oneself, Harvard Business Review 2005

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