How to become the best version of your professional self
Finding well-rounded success is an ongoing journey for even the most motivated of business people. While it can take a lifetime to achieve, drawing inspiration and knowledge from the leaders who surround you is a step in the right direction. The idea is to learn from the world around you, piece-by-piece, block-by-block, to create the best version of your professional self —something we call Building Your Own Frankenstein.
Here is how to create the most successful version of your professional self:
Identify your strengths. Understanding and embracing your unique strengths provides opportunities to be your best self. This is your foundation. Use StrengthsFinder 2.0 to gain insight into aspects of your personality where you thrive, while identifying areas for self improvement. Find opportunities to develop and stretch these strengths in all aspects of your personal and professional life.
Absorb strengths from those around you. To build on the foundation of your strengths, be aware of those around you and be willing to learn something new from each encounter. The quote made famous by Jim Rohn sums it up, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Choose wisely and absorb the unique ways people do things, but make it your own. Try it on, see how it feels. Be genuine in finding what works for YOU.
Expand your perspective. Seek opportunities to learn from those around you. Expand your perspective by reading specific book, listening to daily TED talks (like this one from Scott Dinsmore), take a class that aligns with a new responsibility, travel or join a networking group. Find a way to learn something new every single day. As fast as the world continues to evolve, the best favor you can do for yourself professionally is to embrace the advancements.
Strive for constant improvement. Take risks, try new techniques and consistently evaluate your professional performance. Take time to reflect on what is working and what needs to be improved. Seek honest feedback from others. No matter what age you are, find a mentor that can provide insight, advice, and experience to contribute to your self improvement.
To build your own Frankenstein, start by uncovering your strengths, surrounding yourself with the right people, and continuously striving for self improvement. After which, well-rounded professional success will follow. Interested in learning more about how you can leverage your strengths, the strengths of others, and connect with people that will make you the best version of yourself? Contact Carver Peterson for more information.