Excel by maximizing your strengths

Excel by maximizing your strengths

As and entrepreneur and an avid learner, I sometimes feel as if I am in an uphill climb and always in a “self-improvement” mode.

“We spend too much time focusing on our weaknesses and trying to make them stronger, rather than recognizing our strengths and trying to capitalize on them.”

So, while at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade – Company of Young Professionals Leadership Cafe event, I had the opportunity to be a part of a discussion led by Mia Maki, Professor, Faculty of Business
University of Victoria, about idea creation in entrepreneurship and effectuation, the art of  putting ideas into actions.

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Key lessons from the CYP Creativity cafe, “From ideas to action:

  • Start by utilizing the resources you have to seize the opportunities that come your way
  • What are youre Strengths = Talent + Knowledge + Skills
  • Excel by maximizing your strengths
  • The key to building a strength is to first identify your dominant talents, then refine them with knowledge and skills.
  • Gain more confident in your skills and knowledge by asking questions
  • Curiosity leads to creativity
  • Succeed through trial!
  • You need commitment (from partners and clients) when creating new products and businesses
  • Innovation comes from cross discipline experiences and discussions
  • Be honest, what kind of entrepreneur are you? A mountain climber? A freedom fighter? A product advocate? Each take practice.

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by Karina Eva

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