Part 2 | Strengths and Adding Our Unique Value to the World

ImproveLifeEDITApril 21, 2016

5 Thoughts

Imagine how strange it would be if we devalued everything that we didn’t have an immediate use for.

Say, for example, we are fixing a broken chair and need only a Philips-head screwdriver.  We don’t look at the flathead screwdriver and think, “This is absolutely useless.”

Simply put, we know that it’s not the right tool for the job—but it does have a purpose, given the right circumstances.

And, that’s like us.  We each add our specific value to the world in specific ways in specific situations.  We won’t be able to thrive in every condition, no way.  We can, however, tune in and learn from every situation and grow in our understanding of others and ourselves in all that we do.

Sometimes adding our unique value to the world means getting out of the way and  allowing others to shine where we may not be able to.  This means that we no longer have to pretend that we can do everything and be everything.  By slowing down and making room for others to add their unique value to the mix, we co-create environments where energy and ideas can be safely exchanged—environments where personal power is shared and where learning and teaching can be reciprocated.

3 Questions

What is one area of life or the world that I would like to know more about?

Who is someone in my life who knows more about this area than I do?

What is stopping me from connecting with them and asking them to share with me what they know?

One Action

Practice saying, “I don’t know.”  It’s simple, the next time you don’t know something say, “I don’t know”.  It may sound obvious, but try it, say, the next time that you are with a child who asks a lot of questions.  Children are bound to ask things that we, adults, don’t actually know—so, instead of approximating, changing the subject, or looking it up on your phone, just say, “I don’t know.”  And then follow it up with, “What do you think?  Let’s imagine the possibilities together.”

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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3 thoughts on “Part 2 | Strengths and Adding Our Unique Value to the World

  1. This is one thing I’m good at. I always made a point of telling our kids, and all the students I worked with, that there is no such thing as a dumb question or an “I don’t know”. It opens up the way to exploring and looking for the answer.

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  2. Oh yes, I say that a lot. Especially to my super inquisitive, analytically minded and deep thinking 15yo son. I gave up a long time ago pretending to know everything. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever pretended that! 🙂 But we do try and find out things together.

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