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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Now, Discover Your Strengths

I have been listening to this book on audio CD (the book wasn't in stock at the Barnes and Noble in Grapevine).

The basic premise of the book is that we should focus on what we are naturally good at, talents, (our strengths), and not our weaknesses.  Great concept.

They offer an online test from the Gallup Organization to see what your strengths may be.  Among many great points they make, the one I have seen to be very true is that your natural strengths are transferrable no matter your career.  I have seen my strengths flow through differing career choices.

I took the test yesterday, and my top 5 strengths (out of 34) are:

- Self Assurance
People strong in self assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives.  They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.

- Learner
People strong in 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.

- Responsibility
People strong in responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do.  They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

- Activator
People strong in activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.  They are often impatient.

People strong in 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.

Ever take this test?  Do you think it portrays you accurately?  What are your strengths?


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