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Wednesday
Nov172004

What's My Currency?

I enjoy reading Fast Company articles and this week I came across another good one called Finding Your Currency by Keith Ferrazzi.

The gist of the article is that we each have some "currency" or "currencies" related to our personalities that makes us each unique and valuable in our profession or life. It might even be something we don't realize we possess, yet is quite valuable to others. I found this interesting, because I'd never thought of skills or attributes as currency before.

A key quote from the article:

Often our most valuable currencies are things we do that seem as natural as breathing -- natural to us, but to others, these skills are a real rarity! If you know tax law, that's a currency to a lot of us. Can you get someone upgraded at the NY hotel that your brother manages? That's a currency too. Perhaps it's something else. No matter what it is, you can find it by simply thinking of what others can gain from you.

What an interesting approach. The article got me to wondering what my own currencies are. I have a vague idea, so I plan to take time this week to write them down.

However, what I thought might be more interesting — asking others what they see as my most valuable currencies. Maybe others have a different perspective which I might not be considering. In fact, why not ask the weblog readers? Do you have any thoughts on what you see as my currencies? Please feel free to leave a comment.

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