Focusing on the positive


Teaching Ag

All of us have something that we are better at.


Some of us excel in math and sciences, and formulas make the most sense to our brains. Some of us are creative and flourish by making art around us and splashing color across canvases, or freezing moments in photographs. Some of us just really LOVE being around people, and thrive off of helping others, and sharing discussions as much as possible.

None of these are better than the others, to keep a functioning society we need people who specialize in every area. Accountants and engineers are vital to our infrastructure and banks and bridges. Doctors and scientists are vital to keeping our populations healthy and disease free. Artists and graphic designers and photographers work to keep our communities colorful, advertise products, and preserve memories for future generations. Human resources, communications, and education positions keep people informed and in the loop with procedures, current news, and learning new things.

What if an accountant quits her job at the bank to paint murals because she feels that her trade doesn’t have much value? What if a reporter gives up on his job to design a skyscraper downtown instead? What if that town doctor decides that while he is vital to the community he feels that teachers have a more noble job? That community would face numerous challenges, loss of services, and potentially a change in infrastructure due to always changing career fields.

I am potentially the worst math student in higher education. I am so bad at math, the required mathematic curriculum played a role in deciding what major I wanted to pursue.


What am I much better at? People. Writing, communicating, speaking, and soft skills of relating and caring about those around me. Working with people to help solve their problems in customer service, or educating them about lesser known topics are much more my expertise. As an extreme extrovert who thrives by being around people in a community, I’ve found what I do best and am sticking with it. Knowing how to teach youth compared to adults comes easier to me then reducing fractions.

My roommate Alex? Is a whiz at all things related to math and sciences, and can figure out equations and formulas like nobody’s business. Microbiology, biology, biochemistry, physics, and algebra are all up her alley of expertise. Figuring out what caused a bacterial growth in a microbiology lab makes way more sense to her then knowing different channels of communication. She’s gifted in understanding math and sciences, why should she focus on the fact that she isn’t as well versed in relating to people


Gallup Strengths Center is a personal strengths test used in the professional realm or at conferences to help leaders find out what they are best at. You answer a series of questions about how you react in specific circumstances so they can grade your strengths.


The catch? They only tell you your top five skills, and charge you to show the rest of the list in number order. Their reasoning behind this is that they want you to focus on your strengths, NOT your weaknesses. Some leaders may feel that they want to be best at winning others over instead of being analytical. Some might feel that being positive in every circumstance instead of being best at science. My top skills for example were Winning Others Over, Positivity, Includer, and Communication.

I’m not saying that we should stop trying to better ourselves, or quit learning new skills in anyway. But no matter how good I get at working out equations, I will always be better at teaching 4-H’ers how to show a dairy heifer, or collaborating with others on a community bettering project.
We are all gifted in special and unique ways, why try to change it? Focus on what you’re good at.


*Permission was given to publish photos with children 🙂

*EDIT – Alex never actually took calculus and it was included in error originally

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