To attain the highest levels of success in our lives, we must not only be aware of our weaknesses, but must have a clear understanding of our strengths as we continue to build and grow them. There are many different types of strength assessments like Gallup’s “StrengthsFinder” but we use Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory to pinpoint the areas of your life that you have highly developed and uncover the areas that are less developed so you can improve these areas, and further develop your strengths.
Howard Gardner, the Harvard professor who proposed the theory, says that “there are multiple types of human intelligence, each representing different ways of processing information”
- Verbal-linguistic intelligence refers to an individual’s ability with oral and written language, such as speeches, books, and emails.
- Logical-mathematical intelligence describes the ability to develop equations, calculations, and solve mathematical problems.
- Visual-spatial intelligence allows people to comprehend maps and graphical information.
- Musical intelligence enables individuals to produce and create different types of sound.
- Naturalistic intelligence refers to the ability to identify with all that is found in the natural world.
- Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails using one’s own body to create products or solve problems.
- Interpersonal intelligence reflects an ability to recognize and understand other people’s moods and intentions.
- Intrapersonal intelligence refers to people’s ability to recognize those same characteristics within themselves.
We do not want to label and restrict learners to just one area of intelligence, as we know that with effort and persistence, we can improve and learn anything. Many successful and famous people who had significant weaknesses in their life learned how to focus on their strengths, persist, and with time and effort, skyrocketed their results to higher levels of achievement. We all are good at something, but it does take some time and effort to uncover our strengths. Take the strength finder to determine where you are most highly developed and then think about the how these strengths line up to your dream career. Once you know your areas of strength, see if your dreams for your future match your natural talents.
Other Ways to Identify Your Strengths:
- What do Other People Ask You for Help With? Think about what others ask your advice on. When you are good at something, other people will notice and ask you for your opinion. This is a sign that you are strong in this area.
- Ask Others for Feedback: Find ten people who know you well and ask them “what do you think I am exceptionally good at?” Write down their feedback and see what you learn. Were you aware of all your strengths? What did you learn?
- Create an Affirmation: Once you have gathered your feedback, take the best ones and write them into an affirmation that you put somewhere you can see it every day. When doubts and fears creep in, you will have something to help you stay on track.
- Pay Attention to Your Inner Guidance: What do you love to do and time seems to stand still? When you are living your passions and strengths, time will seem to disappear.
- Continue to Develop Your Strengths: You must use your skills or with time, you will lose them. Put your strengths into action to continue to develop and improve them.
Once you have developed confidence in yourself, you will be more courageous and will be open to let your inner creativity come into play. When you can let you mind wander, your imagination circuits in your brain become activated. “This creative process happens every hour giving your front lobe a chance to recharge itself with the neurochemicals needed for concentration and decision-making.”
Be sure to find times in your day to let your mind wander so that you can tap into your inner creativity. With practice, you can solve problems, find answers to questions you might have and recharge your brain.
 Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning “Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success” (Diversion Books, January 2017).