Shannon Marie Rugani – Knowing Your Strengths

ShannonStrengths_06-20-13_MAINIn a large company like SFB, every dancer has a different strength and their own unique style of dancing. Each dancer is cast in each performance according to their personal strengths. I spent the beginning of my career struggling to figure out my identity as a dancer and focused on the strengths of other dancers in the company. Although, I learned a lot from watching, I knew I would never transform into anyone else.

Almost overnight my career started changing.

A few years ago a friend asked me if I knew what my strengths were? He could tell by the look on my face that I had no clue.

He said “you can’t hit a target if you’re not aiming for one. You see Shannon, you have to know your assets and strengthen your strengths in order to become the best version of you.”

I took his advice and made a list of everything I was good at and started focusing on my strengths. Almost overnight my career started changing. I was suddenly cast in the best roles in my favorite ballets and was getting compliments on how well I was dancing in them. I was getting better and better because I was focussing on my strengths and accumulating more of them.

I learned that when I focus on my strengths, my weaknesses disappear. 

I credit this process for my transformation into the dancer that I am today and truly believe that this was the stepping stone I needed in order to get to the next stage of my career. I learned that when I focus on my strengths, my weaknesses disappear. While I am always striving to be a better dancer, I now enjoy the journey and am happy being myself. I encourage you to do the same.



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