You are born with a unique set of talents, your energy givers and your energy drainers. You can’t change that constellation. Though in se you can learn everything, you cannot influence the joy an activity gives you. A talent is about what you love doing, not what you can do.
While knowing your strong talents is essential to craft your career, it is also very important to know your energy drainers and know what to do about them.
An energy drainer is an activity that literally drains your energy: you feel tired after doing it, especially mentally, or you feel like postponing or even dropping the activity altogether. You would happily leave them to someone else.
Ideally you don’t want to work with your energy drainers and would want to give them as little space as possible. At most you give them 25% of your time. However, it is important to see what their role is and what solution you can find. Some of your energy drainers might be crucial for your job, therefore you can’t just ignore them.
Here are some suggestions. [Read more…]