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play to your strengths

You will excel only by maximising your strengths, never by fixing your weaknesses.

You don’t have to stick your head in the sand about what may need improving, but the point is not to FOCUS on it. Weakness fixing is damage control not development. Damage control can prevent failure, but it will never elevate you to excellence.

Strengths work is often a foreign concept for a lot of my clients, and it’s not really a surprise as we live in a society that is hell bent on “being well-rounded” instead of maximising on and harnessing our natural abilities. Our employers send us to courses and workshops to fill in our perceived gaps, but rarely do they  capitalise on our already strong skills and talents. It seems a bit backwards doesn’t it?

You wouldn’t ask an echidna to race a cheetah, or to climb a tree would you? Because that’s not what it’s great at. What then does an echidna do best in the world? Easy, it’s rolling into a small spiky ball for protection!

It’s a dumbed-down analogy I know, but I love it because this is exactly what we ask of ourselves every single day! Because your talents are so innate, they are often hidden from your view. You can get so disconnected from your own brilliant unique qualities, that you constantly try to jam a round peg into a square hole.

The irony is that since they influence every decision you make, you are already intimately familiar with your talents. Yet they are so influential, so interwoven in the fabric of your life, that the pattern of each one is hard to discern.

– Marcus Buckingham

You spend your whole life inside the frame of your strengths, so perhaps it’s no wonder that after a while you become blind to them. They are so ingrained in who you are, how you show up in the world, and how you operate, that they may just seem “normal”, ordinary, or common place but they truly are your extraordinary gifts.

You may think “well doesn’t everybody do that?”, no, no they don’t.

So what is a strength exactly?


It’s all about finding your SWEET SPOT. You want to harness your own brilliant uniqueness and make it work for you, instead of trying to fit into some pre-conceived mould. Harnessing your natural unique gifts and talents, so that you can make the most of them and share them with the world around you.

To excel in your chosen field and to find lasting satisfaction in doing so, you will need to understand your unique patterns. You will need to become an expert at finding and describing and applying and practicing and refining your strengths.

– Marcus Buckingham

You wanna know another added bonus to playing to your strengths? IT FEELS REALLY GOOD! When you use your natural talents, skills, expertise and strengths you immediately get a good feeling. We are designed this way! So stop fighting it and harness your own unique strengths. Play close attention to the situations that seem to bring you satisfaction and make you feel good. Searching around these positive activities is the starting point for discovering your strengths.

So what are YOUR strengths?

Answer the questions below to get you started.


  • What are the things that make you feel good when you do them?
  • What do you do really well without even trying?
  • What do you get complimented on a lot?
  • What do people rely on your for?
  • What would your boss say is your biggest strength?
  • What would your best friend say is your biggest strength?
  • What seems to come effortlessly and naturally to you?

Share your answers with me below, I’d love to see what you uncover!

I hope this has inspired you to start drawing from the wellspring of all your amazing talent already within you. You are whole and perfect just as you are, and there is absolutely nothing to fix, no gaps to fill, only strengths to harness.

As always, please reach out if you need any support:

Happy strength finding!

To identify your strongest threads, reinforce them with practice and learning, and then either find, or carve out a role that draws on these strengths every day. When you do, you will be more productive, more fulfilled, and more successful.

– Marcus Buckingham

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“Julia led a Workshop with my Year 10 students – each with such different aspirations, current achievements and many with little idea of what they want to do in life. Careers and subject choices for VCE are our focus, so it was perfect timing to have Julia come in and show them that truly anything is possible. The students stepped into possibility, created a clear Vision for their best life, and learnt how to set goals to make it happen. As their teacher it was a joy to see them listening, creating and genuinely being excited about where they can go.”

Coral Bentley

“Julia’s Workshop really allowed our students to define their values and understand their own strengths and passions. Her confidence and self-belief enabled our students to gain direction and to set tangible goals for their futures. Even the staff are getting excited about leading a more meaningful and balanced life. The whole experience was fantastic and will definitely leave lasting change in our lives. PCW Melbourne is so grateful for all your work. We can’t wait to work with you again soon.”

Natalie Tommasini