What’s your best quality?

During a team building event at work once, we got the assignment to write the names of all our colleagues on a post-it.
Below their name, we had to write what we thought was their best quality.

I was quite new within the team, so it was a bit difficult to identify someone’s personality.
Likewise it was hard for them to define me.
I didn’t get the chance to fully “show myself”, other than the usual, shy and polite.

When it was my turn, I was put in the middle and my colleagues in a circle around me.
They stuck the post-its on my clothes.
Friendly.
Intelligent.
Modest.
Sweet.
I felt myself blushing, but at the same time I had a big smile on my face.

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It was great to receive compliments, but equally awesome seeing someone’s face light up when you say nice things about them.
It was one of the best team building exercises.

Although I love how my colleagues described me, I think they are too generic.

When I used to participate in chess tournament, my dad told me:ย “You play chess like the Germans play football”.
The German football players are well known for not giving up until the very last second, even though there seems no chance of winning.

When I started my studying and found that Electrical Engineering wasn’t an easy topic and my classmates and teachers told me to chose another education, I asked my friend if I should just do that.
She laughed. “You’re too proud to quit”.

When I doubted if I should sign up the gym, my boyfriend told meย “I’ve never seen you giving up on anything before you reached your own set goal”.

I think I can agree. I’m a go-getter.
Maybe because I’m too proud.
Maybe because I want to show “them all”.
Sometimes I even think it’s due to my OCD.

Because of this, I do have to remind myself to set realistic goals.
I am not afraid of failure, but wasting time and energy scares me.
Even though, some of you might think that it would give a good experience.
In all honesty, I think I had enough challenges for the next few years ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is your best quality?ย 

20 thoughts on “What’s your best quality?

  1. Great post. You really have a way with words…
    As for me, I think it’s the flexibility to handle change, both personal and professional.
    You mentioned Germans. You know what they say. Football is a game with 11 players where Germans eventually always win.
    So, that too, I’m a winner and a hard-worker.

  2. Iโ€™m not sure if we impartial enough to identify our real best quality.it happens to me to be described by others in a way I wouldnโ€™t.but now you open a big thought in my mind๐Ÿค“

  3. Thanks! That are very nice words!
    (When are you going to post?!?!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    Germans are very persistent usually indeed and it shows in the style of football.

    One who works hard, eventually always wins !

  4. A great post.

    My best quality would probably be patience. One of our professors in her retirement speech thanked me for my endless patience in looking after her PhD students over the years. Was touched by that. I think I do have a calming influence when they are in panic mode as often happens to students with deadlines!

  5. Don’t be surprised! During my younger years I suffered from a lot anxiety. My dad’s calmness and patience with me were a huge support.
    I honestly think this is the best quality a person can have ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you have a PHD btw?

  6. No I don’t have a PhD. I was offered the chance to do one via work when in my 30s but I declined. No regrets. But I get a real buzz from helping students with their experimental and lab work.

  7. Someone once told me I was a very moral person.
    Iโ€™ve also been described as a cultural chameleon, in that I can fit in anywhere. Itโ€™s lovely feeling to be paid a compliment.

    Your blog is great by the way. I love how real a person you present. Thereโ€™s no pretence, just true feeling.

  8. Even more impressive than the fact you work hard for something, is that you actually know what goals you want to reach.
    I don’t think many people are that self aware! A wonderful quality ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I think the morality blends in with the cultural aspect.! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am a bit of a culture mix myself and I have lived among different cultures in some sort of hostel for 4 years!

    Thank you for your complement! Other than in the privacy of my own home, this website seems to be the only place where I can keep it real (sadly).

    I checked out your blog too. A big “Twin Peaks” fan ha? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I watched the old series and I was pretty annoyed by the end! haha.
    I remember a scene where they were fighting in Laura’s house (I think) and suddenly there was a horse in the hallway. WHUT?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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