Logan Dunn

What are my strengths and how can I avoid becoming a victim of my own success?

To start to answer this question, I conducted an analysis using the diamond below.

diamond

Paul Godfrey, BYU MBA 580

 

Values and Priorities:

  • Creating meaningful relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Family
  • Keeping my commitments (to Heavenly Father, to my family, to my friends, and to my teams)
  • Meaningful work (work that has a purpose, is challenging, and provides intrinsic rewards)
  • Collaboration and humility (I’m not the smartest guy in the room and seeking input/counsel from others leads to a better product)
  • Constant improvement (both mentally through learning new things and physically through exercise and sports training)
  • Giving back through service (reaching out to others, giving time to my team members, making a difference in the community—i.e., It’s not about me)
  • Integrity (absolute honestly; being the same person in private I am in public)
  • Balance (making sure I keep that which is most important in perspective)
  • Succeeding in my internship this summer (making a difference for my company, learning new things, building meaningful relationships, and getting the offer)

 

Capabilities:

  • Able to quickly grasp tech and development principles
  • Ability to understand complex problems
  • Capable of front-end web development and other online marketing tasks
  • Willing to seek out knowledge through others
  • Desire to collaborate with others
  • Dedicated to completing commitments
  • Willing to work hard to get a job done

Assets:

  • Incredible access to learning materials through technology (Mac, iPhone, Kindle)
  • Sufficient financial resources to invest in self-education
  • Years of experience in online marketing
  • Training in development fundamentals
  • Personal website (to try out new knowledge)
  • Bikes and outdoor equipment (encourages outdoor activities)
  • Personal network and social media connections in the Web industry
  • BYU/LDS Network
  • Spanish language skills

These first three parts of the diamond are meant to be building blocks to my activities below.

Activities:

  • Constantly have a book on the reading desk (goal to read two improvement books over the summer and at least one enjoyment book)
  • Listen to multiple educational podcast each week
  • Volunteer to help whenever I can
  • Always put in best effort in tasks and assignments (perfectionist mentality: do it right or don’t do it)
  • Devote time to church calling
  • Love to spend time with friends/family being social
  • Rarely miss deadlines
  • Utilize online tutorials to strengthen online skills
  • Consistently exercise, compete in triathlons, and spend time outdoors
  • Spend too much time in mindless entertainment (watching shows online)
  • Wait until pressure builds to complete tasks (constantly putting out fires)

Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • Strengths
    • Love of learning
    • Quickly pick up tech stuff (I just get it)
    • Speak fluent Spanish
    • Do well in school and in structured programs
    • Rely on the Lord
    • Strong Interpersonal Skills
    • Take Initiative
    • Balanced lifestyle (family, physically health, work, spiritual)
  • Weaknesses
    • Desire to be entertained
    • Easily distracted
    • Take too much onto my plate at a time
    • Difficulty writing (I feel like I am a good writer, but it is a slow and painful process at times, thus I often avoid it)
    • Insufficient forward thinking

 

This activity was essential to me as I crafted my deliberate strategy and my blue ocean strategy. As you read those strategies, you will find that I have tried to leverage my strengths in learning, passion for tech, spanish speaking, and balanced lifestyle. I do feel like I have a bit of a disconnect between my activities and my strengths and weaknesses. My activities may be feeding more into my weaknesses rather than into my strengths  You can see it in the way I allocate my resources (which is in my post on how I use my resources).

Getting my diamond into order should help me boost my level of success in life. Thinking about success led me to think about this idea of becoming a victim of my own success. What does it mean to be a “victim of my own success?” Well, we see it all the time in famous individuals. He or she will make it big, get a lot of money, and then blow the money on lavish, unnecessary things. The individual gets too much money or fame for his or her system to handle. From there, a lifestyle begins to develop and the person will have more and more pressure to succeed to maintain that standard of living. Often an overload will happen in the form of a breakdown, sending the person into drugs, alcohol, and dishonest lifestyles.

Author Michael Ellsberg says there is just too much energy for that person to handle:

“To use an analogy, just as a system which depends on electricity can have too little electricity running through it (and not turn on), if that same system gets a rapid, unexpected, and overwhelming jolt of electricity, the whole system can fry… except, in our own human nervous system, we don’t have fuses which blow first to save us… we just have nervous meltdowns.”

…nervous meltdowns at the expense of our loved ones.

So how does this apply to my life? It may not be lots of money, but what about success in the workplace? What happens when I start to perform well and the business demands more and more? Will I divert more and more time from my family to work, so I can maintain a fast and faster pace? Businesses will run you as hard as you can go. I need to decide where my stopping point is. On the other end of the spectrum, I can fall victim by thinking, “Hey, I’m seeing some great success. I guess that means I am doing pretty good and can take a break for a while.”

From stressguide101.blogspot.com

From stressguide101.blogspot.com

How do I avoid becoming a victim of my own success?

I have thought about a few things I can implement to avoid falling victim to my own success:

  • Continuously develop my skills – By continually learning new knowledge, skills, and personal capabilities, even when I am seeing success, I can avoid falling into the trap of thinking I am good enough.
  • Know my priorities – A firm understanding of my priorities (as seen above) will help me focus on what is most important so I can more effectively allocate resources.
  • Practice balance – I need to realize I have many stakeholders in my life and giving too much to any one of those stakeholders will surely frustrate the others. There are times when I need to assess where my resources are going, what my true priorities are, and how to rebalance those resources (often at the expense of another stakeholder).
  • Learn how to say no – I can’t catch every boat. I need to know when to quit, when to say “no,” and when my plate is full. This is often difficult for me because I have a desire to please others, but this is necessary because there will always be more to say “yes” to.