I truly believe that every person has a special gift they were born with—something that makes them unique, different, and distinct. And I know that is true of you. After 21+ years of inspiring greatness is administrative assistants, secretaries, and executive assistants, I have witnessed the beauty of “the special gift” being opened. It takes courage to dig deep, explore your uniqueness, and then bring it forward. You hiding away does you and the world no good. You were meant to be here and contribute. So I challenge you to self-assess. What comes easiest for you? That is probably where your greatest talent lies. What kinds of activities do you like to do at work? Organizing? Listening? Strategically planning? Forecasting? Researching? Creating new concepts? That will give you another clue. Continue digging until you find those talents and then figure out a way to bring them forth at work.
Hone In on What Makes You Great.
There is something about you that no one else can claim. What is it? Where are your strengths? Your unique value is
Maybe you are uncomfortable with yourself. You’d like to blend into the crowd. But that really isn’t possible. Consider this: We don’t want to all be the norm because what is the norm? It’s the “same.” It’s what is normal! We want some diversity! We want variety, right? Our employers want that, too; they want a diverse, variety of talents and skills from their team.
There is something waiting to be unlocked within each and every one of us. We just need to make a new choice, the conscience choice to use and activate those unique talents every day. AND WHEN YOU DO, it will become a part of you. So now that you are aware of your talents, and what was holding you back from showcasing them, you are ready to move on to the next step.
Joan Burge, Contributing Author, Who Took My Pen … Again? Secrets from Dynamic Executive Assistants