Know Your Verbs!

As a professional, here is the view I like. —>

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!


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Steve Woodruff is a blogger, a Connection Agent, and a consultant in the pharma/healthcare industry. He specializes in helping people and companies make mutually beneficial connections.

3 Responses to Know Your Verbs!

  1. Adam says:

    Steve you got the wheels spinning on this one. I have just read your post and will have to think on this for a bit, but I did want to make a comment at this time.

    I have often had people in “office” positions say there is no way they could do sales, it would be too hard etc. I look at them and think I couldn’t sit behind a desk everyday doing the same thing over and over and over. Not to belittle what they do, its just not for me. Where they excel I might fail.

    I love the social interaction of sales, meeting new people, fostering relationships, etc. Is it always easy? No. Is it fun, exciting, and challenging, YES! I need to be challenged or I get bored and sales does this for me.

    So I would agree we need to know what makes us tick, look to work in a field of this nature and have passion for what we do. This will significantly increase our motivation to succeed and chances for success.

  2. Hi Steve,

    This is really about knowing your own strenghts isn’t it? Why waste you life in a cubicle if you know you’re more of a conceptual thinker? I know I’m not really good at keeping the administration under control, so I have a virtual assistant to deal with that. This helps me to focus on what I do best, not only increasing productivity but also making me a happier person altogether. Hiring her was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

    Thanks for your insights man!

    • Wim, it really is about being in touch with core strengths, and having the willingness to go where they lead. You may have to buck the expectations of others to do so, but it’s worth it!

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