What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received? Was it something small and simple or grand and awe-inspiring?

Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup said the best advice he ever received was: “let your strengths pick your career”. From a very young age, our parents watch eagerly as we develop and learn. The strengths we show are rewarded and pursued. They may have entered us into Little League, dance classes, Chess Club, all to help us pursue our interests and strengths. Fast forward to post-college and we return to our parents’ fundamental question. What are your strengths? What are you really good at?

While Clifton poses some very good questions, he leaves out one key element. Your career choice should be a balance between your strengths and your interests. We are all familiar with the phrase “if you are doing something you enjoy, you will never work a day in your life.” If you are doing something you truly enjoy, your strengths will find a way to show through even if it is not immediately clear how. Find your passion and let your strengths carry you the rest of the way.

The best advice that Jim Clifton ever received was from his father. Who gave you the best advice you ever received?

Read Jim Clifton's original article here: Best Advice: Let Your Strengths Pick Your Career