"When I grow up I want to be a character in Fortnite!"

It's that time of year when the sun shines (and this year it's actually happened!), children have sat their SAT's, GCSE’s, A Levels, Highers, College or University exams or attended career days or work experience. The thought of “back to school” is also looming large for a lot of young people!
Even from an early age, there is an expectation on children (rightly or wrongly) to sit exams. Listening to the radio the other day, the expectation of what children may do as a job could be very different in the not-too-distant future. Your son or daughter could be the next gamin" genius or YouTuber, or may even already be that..!

This got me thinking. I strongly believe (and a lot of theory would support this too) that if you do what you love, what drives you, and what you're really good at, this is likely to be a natural strength and as a result you are likely to feel energised and alive; you are doing what you do best!

How great would it be if we all, children included, could be aware of these natural qualities and could use them to our greatest advantage? Do you know what your natural strengths are? What makes you feel energised and alive? Can you articulate it and then think of the skills/competencies/behaviours this represents?

What about the skills and competencies that you find take a lot of your energy? You could have developed these skills (and be good at them) and worked hard at developing them, however they do not come naturally to you.  These would be your "fragile strengths". Would you know what these are? Do you notice how much energy they require of you, and whether you are less effective? Would you benefit from leaving these to others, i.e. those people to whom it is their natural strength?

I am curious as to whether those children who are now the latest YouTuber with however many thousands/millions of followers watching them play a game of "Fortnite", are actually using their natural strengths? And, if they are, when did they realise this? Are they able to use these natural strengths at school? Are they recognised and encouraged?

Therefore, whether you are an adult or a child, please realise your natural strengths;
Aspire to use your natural strengths more and be energised; and
Do tell me when you do this!

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