Discover Your Strengths, Find Your Passion

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Mindsetting on December 19, 2008

What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?

You may have answered these questions before, during job interviews or maybe coaching seminars, but have you ever considered thinking about it in your own time?

If you’re like most people, then chances are you don’t assess your strengths and weaknesses just because you feel like it.

However, I believe that doing such a self-assessment is a great way to discover your path to wealth.

Whenever someone asks me what’s a good business to start today or what freelance work is profitable, I can’t help but answer it with something like, “It depends on what you like doing.”

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While some people understand what I’m trying to say, a few others just scratch their head and ask, “What do you mean?”

I’ve met quite a number of successful entrepreneurs and professionals, and one thing I’ve observed is that each of them had realized their own aptitude, invested on their strengths and consequently found success in their niche.

I believe that we all have gifts, or at least, a life passion. You may be a talented writer or a good singer; maybe you love crunching numbers or doing home improvement projects. Whatever your natural talents, hobbies or interests are, always remember that these can be and should be your key to wealth and success.

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The theory of multiply intelligence suggests that there are eight different areas of aptitude that each individual can have – kinetic, linguistic, logical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, visual and naturalistic.

Which of these do you have?

Finding your strengths need not be a deep soul searching experience. Most of the time, it’s as easy as being aware of the things you love doing. Here’s a few tips on how you can discover that potential in you:

  • Write down the things that seem easy for you to do – tasks that are almost effortless for you to complete. These are your natural skills and talents.
  • Ask yourself what are the things you do where time just seems to fly by – things that you can do for hours without being conscious of how much time had already passed. These are your top interests.
  • Finally, consider the things that make you happy – activities that make you feel good and you’re willing to do simply because it’s fun, interesting and fulfilling. That is where your passion lies.

Work to develop your talents and strengths, it is self-fulfilling and rewarding. When you pursue your passion and interest, you’ll always be motivated to learn and improve – necessary habits to succeed.

Invest your time and energy in things that make you happy and sooner or later, you’ll find yourself getting paid for doing what you love.

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6 Responses to “Discover Your Strengths, Find Your Passion”


  1. I agree to this especially the last part. In my job right now, even though I am well-compensated, I want to shift job and I am eyeing this financial advisory firm. Sometimes, money, in this case in the form of salary is not that important anymore. What is more important is that you have some fulfillment and happiness within yourself.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Great, thoughtful post. One of the things I’m learning is it’s OK to have weaknesses and that I don’t have to learn to do everything myself in my little business. I say take advantage of what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing by doing it… and outsource the rest. 🙂

    I used to think I was just being lazy when I thought like that, but honestly I’ve found it a lot more efficient!

  3. Fitz says:

    @Millionaire Acts
    I’ve been there – working in a high paying job that you don’t really like. It’s frustrating.

    @Lindsay
    Thanks and I agree. Work on your strengths, do what you love and “outsource your weaknesses”. Saves a lot of time and money in the long run! 😀

  4. Look at Your Life…Find Your Strengths « Single Mothers Outreach says:

    […] Finally, consider the things that make you happy – activities that make you feel good and you’re willing to do simply because it’s fun, interesting and fulfilling. That is where your passion lies. (Read full article here) […]

  5. Knowing your strengths and using them to your advantage will get you farther in a shorter period of time. Write your goals around the strengths you already possess.

    The key is to continually grow and work on your weaknesses but do not focus on them. Don’t ever stop improving and making yourself better.

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