Lately, I have heard one particular word used over and over and over again in the media. The word I am referencing is this one:
The first time I heard the word “wheelhouse” was about ten years ago when I was writing Baseball for Life Perpetual Calendar and I listened for hours and hours to major league baseball games, recording terms associated with the sport. According to the Urban Dictionary, ”if a pitch is right in your wheelhouse it is right where you want it, in the spot where you have the best chance of hitting it well.”
In more general terms, the word is also used “to explain something that falls into a person’s area of expertise.”
If you are in the midst of a career transition, perhaps there is no better time than today to consider what is in your wheelhouse – your area of expertise. Here is a simple exercise for you – it will take but a few minutes of your time to do this activity.
Draw a circle – divide the circle into five equal sections. As quickly as you can, without too much thought or hesitation, name five things you like / love / enjoy doing in the workplace. Here is an example of what I am talking about:
What are five things you like/love/enjoy doing in the workplace?
- Career transition management / outplacement
- Resume writing, interviewing, personal branding, job search
- Public speaking -- career-related topics
- Writing books -- career-related topics
- Blogging/Twitter -- career related topics
The next step – once you have named five things you like / love / enjoy doing, look closely at each section and ask yourself:
Am I good at this? Yes? No?
Do I want to do this in the future to generate revenue? Yes? No?
Once you have completed this simple exercise, perhaps it will serve as a good reminder of what is in your wheelhouse -- your area of expertise.