The quote below is from John C. Maxwell’s The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.
Discovering what you are made for is tricky. But I love the first point here. Rely on your experience. Taking a good inventory of YOU is the first step to figuring out what will make your heart sing and also what makes your heart sink.
One of the inventories I’ve used is the Strengths Finder assessment – you can find it here:
Strengths Finder 2.0 (purchase a new copy of the book to be sure to have an access code).
My first introduction to strengths assessments was through this book by Marcus Buckingham and it is still also a favorite (also be sure to have a new copy of book to ensure having a test code): Now, Discover Your Strengths.
Here’s an example of one of my strengths and a small summary:
Marie Forleo has a great video about the value of these types of assessments to – as she puts it – discover your special gifts (even if you don’t think you have any):
Another assessment I found recently, that gives you a decent sneak peek at your “Fascination Advantage” before getting the option to pay for the full interpretation of results (even the preview is quite helpful!).
HowToFascinate.com/You & use the code ICONSHARE
You can see from these examples that even one assessment can give you powerful tools to use to understand and especially COMMUNICATE what makes you unique and valuable. It’s like having your own personal advertising agency – one that helps you craft your own unique marketing pitch.