The words quiet and strong are not a dichotomy. I believe this now, but I did not always. I tried for many years to figure out how to be more like others and not be so “quiet”. Ironically, I have discovered that the “quiet” part of me is what makes me strong. I am a very analytical. I think deeper and often see things differently than others. This is a good thing! I challenge old ways of thinking and push for a better future. Understanding this, I am not as “quiet” as I used to be, but I am usually going to think before speaking. I have learned that I need some time alone often to do some thinking and prepare my thoughts.
Recognizing that this “quiet” part of me is a strength has allowed me to focus on what I am best at and grow stronger in those areas, instead of rejecting what I am good at to try to be more like others. I continually work on both my strengths and my weaknesses, but I often find that while I’m making baby steps on my weaknesses, I make progress in leaps and bounds when working on my strengths.
You’ll grow most where you’re already strong.” Marcus Buckingham
“You grow most in your areas of greatest strength. You will improve the most, be the most creative, be the most inquisitive, and bounce back the fastest in those areas where you have already shown some natural advantage over everyone else – your strengths. This doesn’t mean you should ignore your weaknesses. It just means you’ll grow most where you’re already strong.” Marcus Buckingham
I may be quiet, but I am strong. I have great contributions to make and my ideas are very valuable. Being quiet is what makes me strong. I may need to work harder to get my ideas heard and make my contributions, but I have learned that hard work is at the root of most success. What makes you strong?