In recent years, there has been an explosion in custom DNA testing kits that allow one to acquire information on their talents, health risks and well as predisposition toward certain industries. All this, is not a new concept, and is in line with today’s topic of living by design. So what does living by design constitute? In essence, it is simply to live life in line with your gifts and talents, in an industry that interests you, to ensure the highest probability of success. So how can we best live our lives by design?
Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”
Each and every person born to this earth is unique, much like their DNA. This means that there exists a combination of talents unique to each person and in turn, a job uniquely suited to them. If we can realize the areas that we are most talented in, and nurture these, you will find yourself excelling simply because it is easier to develop skills that we have a talent in. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true! Too often, people try to brute force their way into success within an industry ill-suited to their talents, and find themselves lagging behind despite putting in enormous amounts of effort. At it’s core, the idea can be summed up with one question “why challenge others in an area they are more talented at?”. Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps may be endowed with athleticism, but ask them to code an app, and you may find them struggling immensely. Discover your talent and abilities and thrive by honing on these endowment.
“If purpose is the engine then passion would be the fuel for your engine”
Purpose is a powerful word, it gives us the motivation to get up every day, compels us forward in our lives. It becomes an intrinsic value that drive our extrinsic behavior, fused to our very existence of who we are, our desires, what we love and what’s important to us personally. Without purpose in your work, you would eventually surrender to failures, oppositions. When you vividly know the purpose of your being or work, it generates energy from within – that we term “Passion” the fuel for your mission! When you have passion, you will have that zoe of life coming through your work. Your passion will drives the intensity of your pursuit, the grit and perseverance needed to cross every huddle and push toward your goal!
The major value in life is not what we get, it is in what we become. Consider that values that we are building our career, our relationships, our health upon. Sabotaging the significance of building the correct values precludes us from extraordinary achievement.
“Your personal core values define who you are, and a company’s core values ultimately define the company’s character and brand. For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.” – Tony Hsieh CEO of Zappos
The question then emerges: “ how can we discover our talents, passion and values?” while DNA tests can reveal natural talents, it cannot reveal nurture. And on a journey of self discovery, personality tests are a great tool. Often, they reveal things we never knew about ourselves. While there are dozens of personality tests out there, I personally run the Career Direct personality test complete with a 2.5h consultation. It has helped many of my clients discover new things about themselves, and I am sure it could help you too!
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