3 Easy Ways to Discover your Strengths

by Steve Prager on January 30, 2011

I received a great question about the last post How Smart People Fail. It went something like this……

Too right! I think I’m always on that bank criticizing instead of doing? How do you figure out what you should be doing?

This comment came from a very bright, successful young woman. She brings up a great point.  I believe our DOing needs to come from our strengths, so we’re going to ask the question…HOW do you discover your strengths and WHY is that important?


First, the WHY. Our strengths are the core of  who we are and provide the base camp from which we can launch our journey to discover our purpose. Once we know our purpose, our life goals will begin to stack up like cord wood!

Without a good working knowledge of your strengths and talents, you can end up in the wrong career, the wrong marriage, the wrong direction- you name it. I’ve lived it and so have you.


OK,..now that we agree it’s important to know our strengths, HOW do we discover what they are?

Well, there’s  material all over the web about this (seems we’re discussing a popular issue). A lot of it costs big $$ and involves long, subjective testing - Ugh!

As a life long navel-gazer, I’m here to save you time and $$! I’ve looked over what’s worked for me, lo these 52 years and boiled it down to 3 simple steps:


discover your strengths


You can trust your heart, no matter what anyone else tells you. Follow your desires, your inclinations. They’re taking you to your strengths, your purpose and your life goals.

2. ASK YOUR COMMUNITY and listen to what they tell you.

Your community includes your (supportive) family, friends and associates. Ask them what they think. A lot of times they know us better than we know ourselves.

3. WRITE YOUR BIO and look at your history.

Recently, I had to write an Author’s Bio for a book proposal. You really have to puff yourself up for those kind of things, but it was good for me. I remembered stuff I did awhile back that fits nicely with what I’m doing now. It was eye-opening, helpful and confirmed the direction I’m headed in. Give it a try! I’ve included my BIO at the bottom of this post.

 Why not give these steps a try and let this community know what you discovered? 



Steve Prager is a blogger, writer, musician, teacher and public speaker who has spent his life communicating enthusiasm and the joy of DOing. Always a student of words, he discovered his passion for collecting unusual one syllable power words while serving as the US Postmaster of Depoe Bay, Oregon; a quaint fishing village on the Oregon coast and site of the sailing adventure in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the world’s smallest navigable harbor.

Prager is a retired military musician who performed for presidents, ambassadors and captivated audiences around the world. He has been a keynote speaker at various spiritual retreats and meetings in Japan, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Louisiana. He is currently a US Postal Service marketing/sales specialist with a focus on Internet business.

Prager is the creator of two successful blogs, StartDoNow.com and Zenwords.com. Start DoNow.com is aimed at boomers and its goal is to motivate readers to get off the couch and Start Doing their dreams,..Now. Zenwords.com is the premier word source for the vocabulary minimalist and offers a biweekly zenword, insightful quotes and a popular Did You Know section for each word.

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Marci January 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I like it. :-) Simple and true.

And, if that’s not enough, I read and completed the book “The Pathfinder” and highly recommend it. Helped me figure out what I wanted to really do (in my day to day… skills, interests, aptitudes, etc.), rather than focus on job titles. Got my dream job using that book.


Steve Prager January 31, 2011 at 4:58 am

Marci, Thanks! I’ll check out your book.Sounds like something that everyone could benefit from…Thanks!

PS. what is your dream job?


Steve Prager January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Marci,..thanks for your comment. I love it when a book changes your life. I’ll be sure and check that one out! Cool :)


Jan Jackson January 31, 2011 at 8:26 am

It’s good reading Steve – smile./jj
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Steve Prager January 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Jan,..Thank you. Coming from you,..that means a lot :)


Mark Powers January 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

Excellent, Steve! This makes me think of an awesome post by Tyler Tervooren >> How To Write Your Biography 40 Years Early
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Steve Prager January 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Mark,..thanks! I love Tyler’s stuff. ! recently purchased his program. Thank for the heads up!


Susan January 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I like “follow your inclination” — there’s a book by Barbara Sher, “I could be anything I wanted…if only I knew what it was” that makes good reading for this group. First time I read it, I discovered I “wanted” to be self-employed. HA. A few miserable corporate years later, I re-read it…got the same answer. So I would add to the idea of “follow your inclination” my fave quote: Leap and the net will appear. It does. Always.
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