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Have you ever tried to remove a nut or bolt with pliers and it doesn’t budge, but when you use a wrench and get some leverage suddenly it is easy to move?  That lever is such a smart tool – it is very handy and very simple. 

Leverage is defined as a rigid bar that pivots about one point and is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third point.  So how do we apply this to achieve a competitive advantage? How do we leverage our key skills?

Most people don’t leverage their own knowledge and skillset but instead, use just a fraction of what they have within themselves.

I want to give you three things you can do to get more leverage in your life. 

  1. Take inventory of your assets.  This doesn’t mean to list out your home, car, checking account balance… this means to list out your knowledge, your skills, and your experience. List anything you have been told is a gift, talent, or expertise.
  2.  Figure out what on this list of knowledge, skills or experience that you haven’t worked to approve? Put a check mark beside those that you have never taken one step to improve yourself.
  3.  To pick something on that list and begin a process to improve your skills or ability in that area. Find some way to get better and you will create leverage.

When was the last time you updated or upgraded your knowledge base?  What was the last book, course, lecture or program you engaged in? Think about this way. If you own a computer or smartphone, you are frequently asked to upgrade the software and applications. There is new information available that will make your computer or phone work better.

So now you have an inventory and you know what needs to be upgraded.  These are your key skills and strengths that you can now improve upon.  You may ask why the focus on your strengths and those assets that are already developed.  Why not focus on weaker skillsets?  This is where you need to understand that the highest yield and the most efficiency comes from developing strengths rather than improving upon weaknesses.  Leave your weaknesses for someone else who exhibits those as strengths.  

This allows you to leverage your key skills and will help you improve upon areas where you show the most potential.

Get More Leverage,


PS: Check out this great article on Forbes that show you how to develop your skills outside of work

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