It is very difficult to write about your own strengths and weaknesses. The biggest problem I encountered while trying to do so, is getting an objective viewpoint. If you were to ask me, I think I am either the greatest person in the world or the worst person in the world, depending on the time and the day you asked me. I realized I needed to get some more objective viewpoints.
The first method I used was to ask people who knew me well what they thought about me. My kids saw my strengths in terms of the allowance I give them and stated my major weakness as â€œyou yell too much and make us clean up our room.â€ My wife said my major strengths were reliability and then said my main weakness was that I lacked self-confidence. She also said my inability to find my own clean underwear could be considered a weakness but didnâ€™t want to explain further. When I asked some close friends and co-workers, they also stated that I was reliable, a hard worker that could be counted on at all times, but they expressed the same views as my wife, that I lacked self-confidence in my own abilities. This feedback gave me a rough picture of how others saw me. So far I still felt like the Scarecrow without a brain.
At this point I sat down and wrote out a Strength and Needs List and how they applied to my personal life, work life and school life. After many days of thinking about this I was able to produce the following table:
Personal â€¢ High level of integrity and honesty
â€¢ Willing to help people out
â€¢ Consistent with discipline of children â€¢ Can have a bad temper
â€¢ Donâ€™t set and follow through with personal goals
â€¢ Expect spouse to plan all family activities
Work life â€¢ Good worker