You know … Iron Man. (Okay, if you’re somehow not aware, Tony Stark is the genius alter ego of Iron Man as portrayed by Robert Downy, Jr. in the Iron Man, TheAvengers, some Captain America, and Spider Man movies.
Take a look at the descriptions of each of these strengths to see what I mean:
Learner: People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Context: People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
Intellection: People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions … It’s very likely that you derive much personal pleasure from reading.
Given these strengths, it’s pretty obvious why I enjoy reading history, biographies, and management and leadership books.
By utilizing my strengths every single day, I keep my mind sharp and engaged.
According to Gallup (who runs the StrengthsFinder program), people who know their talents and have the opportunity to use them at work are 6 times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and 3 times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.
Further, people who use their strengths every day have 7.8% greater productivity.
Technically, by reading early in the morning, I’m utilizing my strengths before (and not during) work, but in getting the day started off right, I stay engaged for the entire work day.
Instead of waking up dreading the work day, I get up energized and excited to read something new.
Do you have any habits that help energize your work day?