Are Strengths Any Different Than Weaknesses?
This month, Carol Williams invites us to share our strenghts, weaknesses, and how they affect our business. When it comes to strengths, I like to think I have a few. When it comes to weaknesses, I know I have many. In some (ok, many) cases, my strengths ARE my weaknesses.
One of my biggest strengths is my combination of tenacity and persistence. I worked for a sales company in college that had a phrase on the wall: Persistence Brings Prosperity. I believe it, practice it, and preach it. There's not a wall I can't break down, not a job I can't get done, and not a race that can't be won. Everything's within reach with enough hard work. That attitude gets me through bad days, keeps me marketing when I don't feel like it, keeps me calling leads when I'd rather be doing other things, and has brought me a lot of success in both business and my personal life.
Persistence has it's downside too, and it comes in the form of fatigue. See that picture above to the right? That's me. Both the guy standing up (most times), and the guy on his back (when I hit a wall). Working hard and working long hours can wear on anyone, and it certainly does on me. I have a pretty long running engine, but when I hit a wall, I hit it hard. I can work 15 hours days with the best of them, but when I do it too often or for too many days in a row, my battery goes into the negative, and I need time off, and time away from the world. Thankfully I have an ocean and mountains within an hour of my home, and they're my happy places where I can fill up my batteries to do it all over again. But when I hit that wall? Call me worthless for a day or 2.
Along with working hard, I also have a knack for multitasking - I can take apps, move loans through our process, meet with business partners, keep in touch with past clients, blog, and more -- and outside of work my schedule can be even more crazy between church, meetup activities, sports, Big Brother OC, and trying to maintain relationships with friends and family. I'm pretty good at bringing it all together, scheduling full days, getting everything done, and getting things done well.
But along with long hours, a packed social schedule slowly but surely wears the introvert in me down, and that wall smacks me in the face again. Typically once every couple months I need to get the heck out of dodge, take a couple days off, not talk to anyone, not check my emails, and hang out in the mountains, alongside a river, or by the ocean.
My strengths are my weaknesses, and despite the masses screaming from the rooftops about 'balance' and 'moderation', I tend to live, and enjoy living, in the fast lane. I like being busy, I like working, I love playing, and slowing down for rest isn't really my thing.
Thankfully, I've got a tremendous team to back me up when I do hit 'the wall', and my recharge period is usually as short as a weekend. I've also learned to plan pretty regular weekends away so I get to recharge before my batteries expire. Speaking of which, keep a lookout for some fun pictures from the Channel Islands, which is where I'll be recharging my batteries this weekend.