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Unique Ability 2.0 with Julia Waller

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On this episode of Rhodes to Success, I interview Julia Waller, who has been a strategic coach since 1997. She is passionate about the Unique Ability discovery and works with hundreds of entrepreneurs and team members in one-on-one sessions, helping them identify and create a life around their unique ability. During the show, we discuss top 5 strengths, discovering your unique abilities, the four characteristics, and the naming and activity paths.

Main Questions Asked:

  • What is Unique Ability?
  • Do people use Unique Ability in their personal life, work life, or both?
  • What are the four characteristics?
  • What are the naming and activity paths?

Key Lessons Learned:

Jessica’s Top 5

1. Communication

2. Futuristic

3. Achiever

4. Activator

5. Maximizer

Unique Ability

  • This is what you are naturally good at and passionate about.
  • Your Unique Ability shows up in the activities you do every day.
  • When you look at your activities, you can assess where the underlying talents are.
  • Your Unique Abilities are who you are when at your best.
  • Self discovery helps you find the type of work that you do best.
  • It often helps looking at your Unique Ability through your business lens before your personal lens. 

The Four Characteristics

1. Superior Skill

  • When you do an activity in your work or life, assess if you are really good at it.
  • Ask yourself and others what your skill level is.
  • Superior skills are things that you are naturally good at, and are not necessarily learned.

2. Passion

  • This is something you are driven and motivated by and want to do more.

3. Energy

  • Your Unique Ability gives other people energy when you are doing it.

4. Never Ending Improvement

  • This is when you are already good at something and you want to keep getting better.

The Activities Path

  • List all the activities you do every day starting with what you do for work.
  • Once the activities are listed, ask if each activity meets the four criteria.

Excellent Activities:

  • You don’t have passion for these activities, but still have a superior skill.

Competent Activities:

  • You can do this, but are average at it and a lot of people could do it better than you.

Incompetent Activities:

  • You aren’t good, and experience failure.
  • Once you have broken your activities into categories, delegate a percentage to each.
  • Figure out how to free yourself up from the energy draining activities.
  • Exponential results will come from focusing on the stuff you are really good at.

Jessica’s Personal Case Study

  • Create your activity inventory.
  • Put each of your tasks into the four categories.

Jessica’s Primary Tasks

  • Bookkeeping.
  • Checking emails.
  • Checking Slack.
  • Client calls.
  • Podcast.
  • Proofing the blog.
  • Training calls.
  • Guest booking.
  • Get coaching.
  • Producing weekly videos.

Coaching Tips

  • Tell the truth about your skill level.
  • If others would agree, you have a superior skill.
  • Check your passion level and mark it as your Unique Ability or excellent.
  • Keep your feelings about the activities separate, and focus on the skill level.

Jessica’s Unique Ability

  • Cold calls.
  • Podcasting.
  • Client training.

Jessica’s Excellent Activities

  • Slack.
  • Pitching and booking interviews.
  • Video marketing.

Competent Activities

  • Emails.
  • Blog, editing, and posting.

Incompetent Activities

  • Bookkeeping. 

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Unique Ability

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