The Strengths and Weaknesses

            Everyone has special qualities about themselves that give them their individuality. These qualities can be dissected into specific traits called strengths and weaknesses. To grow as a person, we must identify our own strengths to help us overcome our weaknesses. I will discuss my personal strengths and weaknesses and explain how I plan to overcome my weaknesses in my personal and professional life. My strengths have always allowed me to be successful in everything I have attempted in my life.

             Being able to teach others has always been my favorite skill. The ability to convey my thoughts and understanding of a topic has allowed me to assist many others on both a personal and professional level. To teach my children about the stars or multiplying fractions has allowed our relationship to grow in a variety of ways. I have had the opportunity to educate new military personnel from different countries on my current profession. The interaction that this allowed was very rewarding to myself. To be able to teach someone, you must first know how to listen, not just hear.

             Listening was not a natural trait that I possessed. Growing up as the youngest of 5 children, I constantly had the problem of my older siblings only hearing what I wanted, not actually listening to what I wanted. This taught me at an early age that listening to others would enable me to be a better person in life. I have practiced this skill for many years. I do believe that it has given me the ability to recognize what people are telling me and allows them to convey their thoughts and ideas in a more understanding manner. It is much easier to work as a productive member of a team when you know how to listen.

             The ability to work within a team has assisted me tremendously throughout my military career. I have always enjoyed working within a team of individuals that have come together to be more productive. Since joining the military, the experience of working within a team has enhanced my ability to work with others in a wide variety of situations.

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