Managing Oneself

Have you ever considered where you can make the biggest contribution? Maybe it is outside of work or even outside of your immediate household?

In “Managing Oneself,” Peter F. Drucker provides some key questions to ask ourselves when considering our purpose(s) in life. 

One of the first things that we can do to develop ourselves is recognize our true strengths. Sometimes this means getting feedback though, as many of us can underestimate or overestimate what we are good at.

A great way to get some feedback is to write down what you expect to happen after making an important decision. Then, after some time has passed, check back in with yourself. Were your expectations accurate?

Peter Drucker says that he has tried this method many times and it has led him to understand certain traits about himself. For example, he has an intuitive understanding of people who are more technical, such as engineers.

If our feedback shows us our strengths, then it would make sense that improving those strengths would come next. This is where we could strategically place ourselves in areas that we can provide results. 

It is almost like a cycle. If your strength is painting and you position yourself in a place to paint, you will be able to contribute and also build on your strength.

Keep in mind that it doesn’t hurt to learn about other areas. This could lead to fully realizing your strengths. 

It’s important to learn the difference between readers and listeners. If you have spent any time on this blog (Thank you!) then you can see I’m a reader. Reading is how I learn and perform the best. Some people are listeners and listening is how those individuals learn and perform the best. 

Others learn best by writing things down. 

Stay true to yourself. 

There are many other questions to ask when “Managing Oneself.” Am I a better decision maker or adviser? Do I work well in teams or independently? What do I value?

Staying true to yourself can help you decide where you belong (or don’t belong). 

Knowing yourself and developing your strengths can help you make your greatest contribution(s) to humanity. 

Furthermore, it will lead to understanding others better and improving communication. We will be better equipped to take responsibility for these things. 

If you are ready to get started, comment below!

As always, thank you for reading today. 

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