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Do Fish Climb Trees?

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”  – Albert Einstein

In many of my blog and social media posts, you will see me stress that we are all created with a unique purpose – we EACH have different skills, talents and abilities. It’s very important to your own well-being as well as your personal and professional success that you acknowledge what your role is in this world.

Many times, people create their own barriers by trying to be something they’re not. It may be with the best of intentions, but just like the quote states above: if you try to be something you’re not, you may set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Rather, take pride in what you do best!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful to try new things and challenge yourself, but make sure that with that you also have a clear understanding of your strengths and areas for improvement. With confidence in your strengths comes the courage to try new things – and the great thing is that if you fall a bit short or experience failure, your self-confidence provides a cushion to fall back on so that you can reassess and try again. Here’s a way to get started:

  • Write down your strengths. (Personal and/or professional – whichever you’d prefer for this exercise.)
  • Write down your areas for improvement. (Personal and/or professional – whichever you’d prefer for this exercise.)
  • Ask yourself if you’re utilizing all of your strengths and abilities. If you’re not, how could you begin incorporating more into your life that allows you to fulfill your purpose?
  • Ask yourself how you could continue to challenge yourself and improve. Could you take public speaking classes if you need to get more comfortable speaking in front of crowds? Could you find a Math tutor? Could you ask a mentor for help?

Take ownership and pride in the role that suits you best because you were created for just that! Find the ways you can contribute your skills and talents for the greater good.

You are a piece to the puzzle and are needed in this world!

– Jen

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