I was looking for my blog journal to see what topic I should write about and came across a familiar book I hadn’t touched in AGES: “Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, aka “StrengthsFinder”. I first came across this book mid 2009 when I started a year long children and family’s internship with the church I attended at the time, and soon came to know it as a point of reference for some of my personality traits.
StrengthsFinder is a resource that helps you find out what your top 5 strengths are out of a listed 34 themes so that you can develop your natural talents (to get all 34 in order, you have to pay an extra fee). You fill in an online questionnaire with the unique code in your book and the result of your top 5 strengths will come up upon completion. You can then refer to a more detailed description of how these themes play out in the book, as well as some advice on how to “put [your] strengths to work”.
SO WHAT ARE MINE?
I was interested to find out when I completed the test that my themes, in order, were:
And then when I read the descriptions (even re-reading some just now) they’re pretty accurate! For instance, in the responsibility section it talks about wanting to take ownership for anything I commit to no matter how big or small, AND when people come to me for help to be selective as, and I quote:
Your willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead you to take on more than you should.
I don’t know why AT ALL that sounds familiar… especially over the past two weeks! (P.s. for those who are a bit confused, check out my previous two blog posts)!
I took this text nearly 9 years ago and would be so interested to see if any of my core strengths have slightly altered over time. As we grow and go through different seasons, our abilities and strengths may change. Alternatively we may just grow stronger in them.
Have you done StrengthsFinder before? If so what are your top 5 and are they accurate? If not StrengthsFinder, have you taken any other personality tests? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Thank you so much for reading! Continue to pursue your created and strengths, and inspire others to do the same.
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♥ Natalie ♥
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