The Fork In The Road: Choose Your Strengths

Fork In Road

This comes from the vault. There’s a lot of mop water there from other blogs and sites, and I’m consolidating and bringing everything under one roof. It breaks the first rule of blogging: focus like a laser on a single topic, but I don’t really care.

Fork In The Road

I had an experience recently that brought me to the proverbial fork in the road.

I was asked to do something at work.

It was something right and necessary and ethical, but it just wasn’t me. It didn’t resonate. It wasn’t that I couldn’t fill the role or mold myself into it: I did. Or, I tried. But the more I wore the hat I was asked to wear, it just didn’t feel right. Nor did it appear genuine to others.

I agreed I wasn’t the right person for what we needed to accomplish in the time allotted. My natural inclinations and sensibilities didn’t give us the umph we needed to propel us to where we had to go. Instead, I stayed true to my strengths. I admitted there are things I’m just not as good at as others. Shocker? Not to those others. Still, though, it’s easy to see this as a failure. Why?

So I’ve taken a step back, and it feels right. It feels good to go back to what I’m good at. There is time for improvement. There is always time for improvement. And plenty to improve upon. But there are times to let people with more apropos skills do the job. It’s part of knowing yourself, I think. To know when to trudge through the high-water and when to step back to the shore. For me, for now, it’s time to watch from the beach.



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