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Carvaan 4 of 4 Play to your strengths

Hi ,

Today is the final day of this series, where I talk about lessons to learn from Saregama Carvaan. The final concept is:

Play to your strengths:

This one is simple, and yet often ignored. Instead of trying to become better at our existing strengths, we try to do too many different things.

No matter what combination of skills, experience and interests you have, I assure you that there’s no one quite like you. Your uniqueness is your strength.

Instead of exploiting that to our benefit, we look at other successful people and try to do what they’re doing. We can’t exactly do what others are doing much the same way that they can’t do what we can.

I’m not advocating that you stop learning/doing new things. I’m saying do not ignore what you’re good at already. Rather than spending months to learn stuff that you’re not good at, focus that energy on what you are good at.

The 80/20 principle is quite clear on this. Your efforts will pay dividends faster and more effectively in what you’re naturally good at (or have already spent a lot of time honing).

Do a quick strength audit for yourself:

  1. What do I do really well?
  2. Which customer (or sector) pays me the best?
  3. Where do I cause the highest impact?
  4. Whom do I enjoy spending time with?
  5. Why have I hated certain kinds of assignments?
  6. Who gave me the best ratings? Who gave the worst?
  7. How long will it take to acquire this new skill? What else can I do during this time?

These, and similar questions will help you understand your strengths. Hunker down on them, and play a game where you have the highest chance of succeeding.

This ends the Carvaan series. If this was of some help, hit reply on this email and let me know your feedback. If you have any specific questions, ask them too, and I’ll try to answer them.

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