It’s just like those HSBC ads in the airports that show two pictures of chocolate cake with one saying “good” and the other saying “bad”:
Chocolate cake is obviously “bad” if you’re on a diet, but it’s “good” to the tastebuds. So what would you say if you saw a picture of a twitter screen on a work computer in that ad? It would be a “strength” if you are a social media coordinator for a clothing company, it would be a “weakness” if you were a store clerk at that clothing company.The truth about “weaknesses” is that they usually highlight things you like to do. In the case of chocolate cake, eating chocolate cake isn’t a habit to foster just because you enjoy it. But, with work, the habits you enjoy are the ones you should feed.
Don’t deny the things you find yourself doing most often—they are most likely your “strengths.” And, if you’re not playing to them, then you’re missing out on your money-making potential.
Have a twitter addiction? Seek out a company you can be brand ambassador for and get paid to promote their tweets online. Painstakingly retouch your photos before posting them to Facebook? Offer your services to an online retouching service and make some cash by tweaking other people’s photos. Sucker for the latest apps on your iPhone? Sign up to be a Beta tester for apps that haven’t even hit the market yet.
You might already be “that” guy or girl who’s always online at work– now be the smart guy or girl who’s getting paid for it. Feed your “weakness” and your bank account.
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