Play to your strengths

Have you heard this saying:

“Play to your strengths, but train your weaknesses”

It’s something that seems to always come up in my life. I’ll be sitting around watching TV and someone on the TV will say something along those lines.  It’s really weird and annoying.

Here’s the thing, you have to figure out your strengths and your weaknesses so you can treat each accordingly. You should also have a grasp of how your strengths and weaknesses affect real life situations.

For that, there is the trusty SWOT exercise.  Have you heard of it?

SWOT is an acronym that stands for:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Opportunities

Threats

The basic premise is that Strengths and Weaknesses are internal and Opportunities and Threats are external factors. You go through and figure out all the blanks and supposedly you have a better understanding of a particular situation.

I feel like SWOT tests are definitely one of those “your mileage may vary” type of things. What you get out of the test will vary with what you put into it and how committed and honest you are with your input.

Interested in taking your own SWOT test?

I found a free MS Word template if you want to do a SWOT analysis on yourself or on a situation that you’re facing.

Have you found something like this to be of real value?

What’s your favorite self ananlysis tool out there?