What are your strengths?
From being autistic to building positive relationships, here are answers to the question, “What is your greatest strength?”
- Being Autistic
- Planning and Organizational Skills
- Seeing the Connections Between Systems
- Analyzing and Recognizing Patterns
- Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships
- Embracing My Enneagram 9
- Knowing My Limits
One of my greatest strengths is being autistic. I admit growing up I thought I was a freak show because I was different. Most days I felt like an outcast because my school district did not like that I did not check off their boxes to meet their standards. I was bullied for eight years and I hated every minute of school growing up.
After I graduated and started my own business, I look at being autistic as a gift because it lets me think outside of the box. Being autistic helps me look at things from a unique point of view. I like being able to think outside of the box because it helps me create awesome ideas for my business and brand.
Planning and Organizational Skills
One of my greatest strengths is my ability to plan and organize. This helps me stay on top of multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines. I’m also able to keep a level head under pressure, which comes in handy when things get hectic.
I have always been a very detail-oriented person, and I thrive in an environment where everything is in its place. This skill has come in handy not only in my professional life but also in my personal life. For example, I am the type of person who likes to be prepared for any situation, so I always like to have a Plan B (and sometimes even C and D) ready just in case something unexpected comes up.
Seeing the Connections Between Systems
I am what you could describe as a systems thinker – I can see how things fit together and where there are issues preventing everything from gelling together as a whole. This, as you might imagine, is a very useful skill for being an entrepreneur, as you have to essentially be proficient in every aspect of your business, from accounting to marketing to sales to inventory management.
Understanding how each part works on a relatively deep level, as well as understanding how they need to behave to maximize their effectiveness, is a definite strength of mine, and one that I actively work to maintain.
My Ability to Analyze and Recognize Patterns
As a marketer, I have developed the ability to analyze data with ease and find important underlying patterns. Although this is a skill most analysts have, I have noticed my ability to recognize even the less obvious ones.
This has helped my team identify what is really working for us in our campaigns and implement changes that work to our advantage.
Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships
What I’m really good at is people–both at work and in private life. I find it easy and natural to build positive relationships. It also seems that others feel comfortable in my company. Thanks to my empathy, honesty, and genuine interest in people’s feelings, I’m surrounded by fantastic individuals. I do care for others, and it shows.
I have had a few friends since primary school and have been in love with the same guy for 15 years so far. It makes me proud of myself. There is no greater measurement of success than people who stand by our side for good and for bad. I also remain open to meaningful relationships the future may bring.
Your greatest strength is your friends. They support you, they give you emotional support, they promote you, and they will give you constructive criticism to help you improve. As the saying goes, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” So, choose the right friends.
My Greatest Strength is Embracing My Enneagram 9
As an Enneagram 9, I am known as the Peacemaker. I’m characterized as having a relaxed and easygoing attitude. Many times, I am the mediator of any group I’m in, bringing peace and harmony to any situation. I’m also accepting of others and can see all sides of a problem.
This has definitely been my greatest strength throughout life, and especially now as I run my own business. Dealing with many clients, they all have such different personalities and needs.
Being able to interact with people in my life and especially clients with such openness and ease has allowed me the ability to grow as a person and have some amazing experiences. It’s also allowed me to stay calm and collected in difficult situations and to see the situation from multiple perspectives. I truly believe my 9-ness has benefited me both personally and professionally.
Knowing My Limits
On the face of it, understanding your limitations can seem negative; however, it’s actually a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. By acknowledging areas where you may not be as skilled or knowledgeable, you can begin to leverage the strengths of others.
This can be done by building a team with complementary skillsets, or by seeking out mentors or experts who can provide guidance and support in those areas. Additionally, understanding your limitations can help you prioritize your learning and development efforts, so that you can focus on becoming stronger in the areas that will most benefit you. In short, recognizing your limitations allows you to utilize those around you.
As Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Being curious about a number of different topics allows me to learn a little about a lot, and thereby see connections between things that are missed by people who know fewer things. Additionally, it makes it more obvious that no human decision has ever “stood alone”, but rather has come from the specifics of all the events that preceded it.
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