Sam Semako Career Development, Lean Forward 3 Ways to Recover Your Strength

3 Ways to Recover Your Strength

Last year, on the 10th December to be precise, I spoke in Ini Akpan’s event, “GET THAT JOB!” in Lagos.

My start point for the talk was Whitney Houston song,

I DIDN’T KNOW MY OWN STRENGTH.

I spoke on STARTING YOUR CAREER JOURNEY.

Really, as a career starter, you often don’t know your strength or you downplay it.

Here is the lyrics the song:

 

“I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”

 

Lost touch with my soul
I had nowhere to turn, I had nowhere to go
Lost sight of my dream
Thought it would be the end of me

I thought I’d never make it through
I had no hope to hold on to
I, I thought I would break

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

Found hope in my heart
I found the light to life my way out of the dark
Found all that I need here inside of me

I thought I’d never find my way
I thought I’d never lift that weight
I thought I would break

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

There were so many times I wondered
How I’d get through the night
I thought I took all that I could take

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

My faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, I hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

I was not built to break, no, no
I got to know my own strength

 

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And as we were about to start the new year, one phrase that was strong on my mind was “FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTH”.

 

WHAT IS YOUR STRENGTH?

Your strengths are tasks or actions that you can do well with ease most times. They can also be your unique qualities that stand you out. Your strength can also be your unique way of doing things. These may include abilities, talents, or skills.
Really, your strength is your power. Your strength is the fuel for your vision.

Where we often miss it, is that, we focus on what others are doing and most times we are tempted (even start to do same thing forgetting that they have a different strength) to begin to do similar thing.

That won’t help you; that won’t help me either.

So, what are the things you can do right away?

 

  1. LOOK BACK

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Looking back at those things I achieved in the previous years, the programmes I did in the past, people I helped in their career paths, I discovered that there were SPECIFIC STRENGTHS (skills, knowledge, expertise, etc) I relied on to accomplished all that. But somehow, I veered off those strengths or somehow I didn’t give them much needed attention any longer.

I bet the same thing happened to you. If you take a look at your accomplishments and successes, you will discover your area of strengths or those principles and practices that gave you those successes.

That same PRINCIPLES, STRATEGIES, and PRACTICES can still help you LEAN FORWARD even right now and through out the year.

 

 

  1. LOOK FOR THE CASH COW

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Cash cow is a metaphor for a dairy cow that produces milk over the course of its life and requires little maintenance. A dairy cow is an example of a cash cow, as after the initial capital outlay has been paid off, the cow continues to produce milk for many years to come.

What do I mean here, there is a skill, there is a practice, a strategy of yours that easily helps you accomplish so much with little effort. Or there is a particular programme whether on Twitter or Facebook or any of the social media platforms or even offline that helps you to reach more people with tremendous impact without you really stressing the hell out of yourself.

One of such programme for me was #CareerLessons on Twitter that I started years back that I stopped of which I am likely to revive again.

Do you have such?

 

  1. LOOK FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

To be sincere with you, I have come to realise that there are places I get more inspired than other places. Same with people. When I am with some certain people, I get challenged and inspired to do more. Contra wise, there are people who don’t add any tiny bits of knowledge or inspiration to me.

So, there are ENVIRONMENTS where your strengths are energised and pumped up. Momentum for you is easier in such environment. It is your responsibility to find such environment and people. When you find such, often go back there. Of course, you know that, different species of plants have where they can thrive and survive. So are we too.

In conclusion, your career is at the mercy of your strengths, discover and focus on those strengths that will help you accomplish your career goals this year. Remember, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!

Below are resources you can check up:

 

  1. Take the RICHARDSTEP strengths test here: http://tinyurl.com/mkanc9x

 

  1. Check MORE STRENGTHS here: http://tinyurl.com/qz8ujh3

 

  1. You can read up more about strengths from ADAM GRANT here: http://tinyurl.com/zyqaqsq

Your friend,

Sam Semako

08037751551

Always #LeanForward!

P.S.: Happy New Year!!

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Author: Sam Semako

I am a Career Development Consultant who mentors those who are confused regarding what to do with their lives, or frustrated about their work or struggling to find what they need to do with their lives. I also help train them to become experts in their fields by providing them with significant career-based information, resources (in form of opportunities and networks), and training relevant to their fields in order for them to live their dreams and make a lasting impact in a space of 1 year and beyond.

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