What’s Your Strength?

strengthsBefore getting my interview and eventually being hired with Misty, I was asked to take the Cliftons StrengthsFinder (yes, “StrengthsFinder” is used as one word) as part of the final stages of the application process. Well, it’s been almost a year now since I’ve taken that test and I surprisingly kind of forgot about it.

That is until about an hour ago when I happened to stumble upon my results while I was cleaning out my inbox. Seeing what my strengths are (according to the test) inspired me to write this post because I think often times we forget about what makes us valuable and how actively and creatively using our strengths can benefit our job, personal relations, and the world at large.

I know a lot of us are pretty busy and cutting out some time for time for “self reflection” and “introspection” can sit pretty low on the to-do list. Regardless of how hectic life gets, I really urge you to take some time every now and then to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. The new year is right around the corner which is a perfect time to do so! 🙂 In my experience and from what I’ve read in StrengthsFinder 2.0, your time is better spent developing your strengths rather than focusing on your weaknesses.

I’m a strong writer but I suck at math. I never failed in school or anything but I don’t really remember much besides the basics. I could spend my time practicing math questions to improve my skills but my time would be better spent excelling in something I’m already good at instead of working so hard for something I would only be mediocre at. Imagine what could happen, the possibilities, if you really took the time and put in the effort to figure out how you can use and enhance your strengths.

Here are my five top strengths according to the Clifton StrengthsFinder test:

Input

People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Strategic

People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Learner

People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Achiever

People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

Intellection

People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

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