Strengths Finder

Sunday afternoon, I find myself taking a test that I was referred to do months ago from a friend and mentor. Over the last year, I have been in conversations with people whom ask me what I’m good at and for some reason I am a lost for words because I can’t decide between multiple things I’m good at and enjoy. Mentors, Friends and even superiors who should have hired me (at some time in the past years), have advised that I figure what I’m good at and what I want to be exactly. That may sound a bit harsh, but it isn’t suppose to be. It is TRUE. I do need to reflect on myself, my strengths and put those to use. How is someone suppose to see these qualities in you if one can’t even describe them to that person?

That leads me to the book Strengths Finder 2.0. I read it over my Dominican vacation and now just finished taking the 30 minute test online.

Are you excited to know what my top 5 are?

Before I tell you, I read through the back of the book to guess what my Top 5 would be:
My Guessed-Marked in the book before testing Top 4 not 5:

1. IDEATION
2. INCLUDER
3. FOCUS
4. POSITIVITY

Now you try to do this. Granted you don’t have this book I’m sure, but just think of traits you think you and that would be the strength to your personality. The book does a great job describing the trait and how you are in situations and things you may be thinking right now.

After my 30 minute timed test. I felt pretty good. You choose between two answers that could describe yourself or you mark neutral in between the two.

My Strengths Finder Results Top 5:
1. FUTURISTIC
2. WOO
3. EMPATHY
4. COMMUNICATION
5. POSITIVITY

Surprised?
Lets see in more detail what these mean and how they describe me.

FUTURISTIC
People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
By nature, you generate ideas quickly. You draw clever linkages between facts, events, people, problems, or solutions.

WOO
(Because I say woooHOOOO with my friends?) Maybe no.
People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
Conversing with newcomers generally energizes you. You are heartened when they grow comfortable in your presence. You might make individuals comfortable enough to candidly talk about themselves. You ordinarily gravitate to settings where you can draw newcomers or outsiders into interesting discussions or include them in small talk. By nature, you exhibit a genuine fondness for all sorts of people.

EMPATHY
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
It’s very likely that you have a special gift for helping people realize that you truly value them and hold them in high regard. Instinctively, you have the ability to tune in to each person’s unique situation. Driven by your talents, you affirm others for who they are. You celebrate their unique gifts. Your encouraging words inspire and embolden people to be their real and true selves. Because of your strengths, you pay attention to what others think. You make them feel valued. You validate their ideas by talking about them. Typically people sense that you appreciate what they say. This probably explains why many people enjoy spending time with you.
COMMUNICATION
People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters. (I am? Oh man, I have a presentation Tuesday maybe this is a sign.)
You enjoy speaking with people. When you are involved in a group discussion, you typically add to it. Driven by your talents, you distinguish the fine points of each person’s contribution to a conversation. You guide the exchange of information by drawing out the singular perspectives of everyone involved. Being able to put friends or strangers at ease quickly is one of your special gifts.

POSITIVITY
People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
Instinctively, you might feel best about life after you have shared your knowledge or skills with less experienced associates, teammates, or students. Driven by your talents, you might have a knack for identifying problems. You might generate alternatives for solving them. Sometimes you consider the pros and cons of each option. Perhaps you think life is meant to be enjoyed. Occasionally you excuse yourself from contests where one person wins, but everyone else loses (I don’t care to gamble and play games, makes sense). You might want everyone involved to feel good about the experience, not just one individual. By nature, you may describe your life as delightful, especially when you can keep working until you reach a desired goal.

Taking into consideration my newest life-changing top 5, I feel pretty great. I am surprised by the WOO, but there again that is exactly me. Being in the service industry before my career began and it also makes me think about my current tasks in life and within nonprofit work, that make me feel I am a natural, should I say it– salesperson.

Positivity was so clear! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that one for myself (oh wait I did). I have always been a great communicator and look at the positive in most all situations. No problem here expressing my feelings toward something. That is also why I feel I have never had a problem ever being in a relationship. Glad I finally found the real match though. (Are you reading this? Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.)

Empathy surprised me at first, thinking it was slightly negative but when I think about it, it’s very positive. I am naturally an understanding person and feel that within my friendships and also in work and volunteer environments exercise that.

Futuristic hit home for me. Not only that being my first on the list (I don’t think it matters in order but Dr. Clifton didn’t actually tell me), but I find myself always thinking of the future of my work, personal life, friend’s lives, client’s outlook etc. Now I have a word to describe myself that I didn’t know that existed.

This post has become one that I will continually be referring to. I hope that if you did read this it made you think about yours and one may consider taking the test as well. I bought it amazon and glad I did. Worth it! But beware you can only buy a NEW book for the code inside only works one time.

Now what? Oh yeah I have a lot to read and they even gave me check-lists to make these strengths become apparent in my life. So life, watch out!

Until we meet again,
your Futuristic, Wooing, Emphatic, Communicating Positivian Gal

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