Know Your Verbs!
June 24, 2011 3 Comments
A fallow field.
If it’s already built, if the framework is designed and the system is in place, I don’t belong.
I need to create new things. I used to wonder about serial entrepreneurs, before recognizing that, in fact, I am one. Ooops.
Others would never flourish in the face of the unstructured environment that excites me. And that’s fine, because we need people across the entire range of skills, from pure creativity to repetitive tasks, and everything in between.
That’s why you need to know your verbs. What are those actions that describe you at your peak of effectiveness?
For me: Analyze, Envision, Create, Connect, Communicate. Operational stuff? – ugh. Number-crunching? – umm, no. Toll-taking? – kill me now.
I want to look at what isn’t, and figure out how to create something new. Give me the fallow field.
Now, I’ve done plenty of work in the past that was outside of my ideal verb zone. And I highly value those with a whole different suite of verbs than mine – if we were all like me, there’d always be something new – and nothing else would get done!
So, what are your verbs? Can you narrow it down to, say, 3-5? Feel free to share them in the comments. Those verbs may well provide the clue to your future professional path!