I’ve been feeling a bit wobbly lately. Lacking a clear direction. Not pointed toward my True North.
When I was teaching and students came to me struggling with direction – choosing a major or drafting their resume – I would recommend that they start with the most basic questions:
What are you good at? What are you bad at?
Simply stepping back and answering those two things can help you cut through the mental clutter and see things more clearly.
So here’s me following my own advice:
I am good at…
Managing people. Building teams, evaluating performance, helping people grow.
Presenting information. Sorting data, seeing connections, making it all look pretty.
I am bad at…
Networking. All the awkward discomfort of mingling at a cocktail party without the alcohol. Thank you, no.
Technology. I’m proficient enough to do what I need to do but don’t care enough to really understand it. I am certain my son will surpass me technologically by the age of 4.
Navigation. I have no sense of direction. I can (and will) get lost at the mall. This doesn’t have a strong career implication but is something you should know in case we’re ever in a survival situation together.
How about you? What are you good and bad at?