Play to Your Strength
In March 1990, a set of conjoined twins – Abby & Brittany Hensel – made headlines when they were born. They became household names after they let the media into their unique lives for a program on an American pay television channel, TLC. These twin sisters, fused together at the torso, literally share one body with each controlling one side. While they do not share a heart, stomach, spine, lungs or spinal cord, they also have their very distinct personalities. From childhood, their parents deliberately ensured they developed their minds as separate individuals.
Abby and Brittany, who turned 30 this year have learnt to work together – from carrying out domestic chores to personal grooming. They even enjoy playing outdoor sports like softball and passed their driving test together at age 16 – with both of them behind the wheel. While granting an interview back in 2012, the pair hoped to prove to the world that they are totally different people with unique personalities. By their confession, Brittany was the joker and happy-go-lucky person while Abby was the aggressive and stubborn one. Isn’t it fascinating? The Hensel sisters, who have now graduated from college and have been teaching pupils in 4th-grade show us that no two people on earth are exactly equal, not even conjoined twins. Just like our fingerprints are different, we all have different personalities and that’s what makes the world more interesting.
I often look at my children and smile at how unique each one of them is. Born by the same parents with relatively the same upbringing, they each have their own very distinct personalities. What amazes me, even more, is that you start to see their seemingly different personalities at such an early age. By simply observing them, you know which child will likely be the studious one or the one who will love adventure. You can almost easily tell which child is competitive right from a young age.
The uniqueness of our personalities is one of the things that make us amazing and understanding your own personality can put you at an advantage. It will help you stand out anywhere you find yourself. To understand and maximise your personality type, take these 3 simple steps to heart.
- Identify Your Personality Type
This is the first step to living a truly value-adding life. You need to ask yourself the question; Who am I? You might need to take out some time to honestly look inward and discover yourself. Good enough, there are resources available to help you with this. For example, you can take a personality test or have a sincere conversation with a stakeholder in your life – someone who knows you well enough and will tell you the truth. Most importantly, you must be brutally honest with yourself in the process.
- Embrace It
After identifying your personality type, you’ve got to embrace it. Accept who you are and don’t live in denial. To be the best you can, you will need to affirm the positive traits in you and make a commitment to work on the negatives. Don’t be deceived, we all have ours and need to improve ourselves daily. Embracing who you are will help you function at your best and contribute your quota to make the lives of people around you better.
- Engage It
This is a crucial part. You have to put yourself in situations where your best traits can find expression. Are you an extrovert? You might consider professional roles that will place demands on your strengths like marketing, sales or public speaking. While introverts, who according to psychologists have the tendency to be more analytical and detailed can take on roles in line with their strengths.
Friend, knowing your personality type can profoundly influence how well you do in the world — personally, socially, and professionally. Take a moment today to think about yourself and how you can leverage your personality as an asset.
Remember, You Have Only One Life to Live, MAKE IT COUNT!