YEL 203 - Identifying Your Unique Ability & Maximizing Your Strengths


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In this episode of Y.E.L 2.0, your host Peter Voogd shares his tips for how to embark on a journey of self-discovery that allows you to identify and understand your unique abilities and strengths.

Episode Highlights:

  • Peter listened to a David Blaine interview and found himself feeling inferior and thinking he could never do what David Blaine does.
  • Then, David Blaine said his biggest fear is speaking in front of large crowds of people, which Peter does regularly and thinks he’s pretty good at it.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others and identify and understand your unique abilities.
  • Peter doesn’t really believe in passion.
  • Start with your ideal outcome, starting with your strengths and values, then reverse engineering your plan.
  • Choose your top values and narrow it down to your top 3.
  • Choose 3 character traits you want to be used in your eulogy.
  • In 3 words, what is your philosophy on living?
  • What 3 values would you want to pass on to your grandchildren?
  • What are 3 qualities you want in your ideal business partner?
  • What are 3 qualities you want in your ideal life partner or significant other?
  • Imagine your dream day. What 3 emotions or values describe that experience?
  • What 3 core values do you want people to think about when they think about you?
  • This is not always a quick process—continue to ask yourself these questions until you achieve clarity.
  • Unfollow people who don’t have similar values to you.

3 Key Points

  1. Never compare yourself to someone else.
  2. Ask yourself tough questions now and you will see the payoff later.
  3. Follow people who achieved their success with similar values to yours and who have a similar lifestyle to you.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “People spend way too much time outside the unique ability and they move on to the next job, vehicle, opportunity, without figuring it out first.” –Peter Voogd
  • “If you go on a journey of self-discovery, everything else in life becomes easier. And most people would rather do anything than actually sit there and ask tough questions.” –Peter Voogd

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