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Working Around Limitations and Dislikes is an Important Part of Success
Commentary by: Anna Navarro
Aired October 29, 2007

The best way to deal with things you donít enjoy doing or arenít good at is to avoid them. If this sounds like slacking, I invite you to listen to Bobís story.

He owned a profitable business and enjoyed what he did. One of the secrets of his success was having the courage early in his career to sidestep his weaknesses and dislikes. Iíve fictionalized his story to protect privacy and Iím telling it with permission.

After college, Bob got a temp job in marketing research. He was soon hired full time. Then the firm offered to send him to school for more training.

He felt guilty walking away from the opportunity. But he didn't enjoy working with numbers and computers ó which are central to marketing research.

Instead he decided to focus his career on what he enjoyed doing and did well. A skills analysis revealed he was good at making presentations. He also enjoyed teaching.

After exploring several options, he settled on outplacement services as a career. It relies heavily on presentations and client coaching. He soon found an entry-level job. Eventually, he started a solo operation offering outplacement services to small businesses.

He spends most of his time using his verbal communications skills, and hires a secretarial service to type and do his billing.

Bob was no slacker. But much of his success can be attributed to what he avoided and delegated.

(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)

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Anna Navarro

Anna Navarro


Anna Navarro is the founder of Work Transitions, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping individuals find satisfaction and fulfillment in their work.


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