What's your Top 5?
How do you see them playing out in your life?
Self assessment and personality profiling tests have always been terribly intriguing and stimulating to me because they come with the invaluable reward of a deeper and further understanding and discovery of who you are and how you operate. Achiever is the strength that influences and drives me the most in every area of my life. It's an eternal fire that burns without cease and causes me to always seek to challenge myself; reach new heights and maximize my potential - whether it be in business or my personal life. Becoming a better person all-around and driving myself to be the very best I can be is part of my innate nature. Relator is definitely El Capitan when it comes to my relationships. If there is no substance to the relationship I'm not typically motivated to invest much of myself into it. Please don't misunderstand me, that's not to say I don't care about people who I'm not close with, I do! However, if there is no depth I won't be drawn to have a strong relationship with that individual. My Intellection and Learner strenths are ever-present in my life on a daily basis. "Curiosity killed the cat" never stopped me. I need the rhyme and reason to the riddle... the "who, why, how, what, where, when..." and facts to back up any conclusive or decisive answer. Knowledge is power! It's a huge asset to accompany you in any circumstance and a tool you can use to influence others with or be influenced by.
What's your favorite theme?
My favorite theme is Relator because it's the only one of my top 5 strengths that is related to people! I have to giggle because I pride myself on having "unprecedented" empathy and ability to connect with people, yet I only have 1 top strength related to people (seriously?!)! That's why I chose it for my favorite - because I love people and I love close relationships. They feed my heart & soul and I've learned that I do in fact need them (need - wow, that is a hard thing to admit). "Deep calls unto deep..." would be my life motto, as I thrive off intimate and devoted relationships. To say that a handful of close friends is far more valuable than a ton of acquaintances would be an understatement. What truly matters in life are the people who are in it.
What's the one theme that "gets in your way"?
Achiever is definitely the angel and devil on my shoulder that can be my best companion and/or worst enemy. A true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of strengths. It's that little voice in my ear that constantly tells me to push myself and become better; to stretch my capacity and increase my abilities - an internal challenger to be the best possible "me". There is a bitter sweet component when you are competing with yourself because the projected "goal" is forever metamorphosing and evolving. That makes it unattainable because it's impossible to reach a "mark" that's infinite in composition.
How has knowing your top 5 empowered you to live a more authentic life?
It's the most beautiful thing to know who you are and who you were made to be. Discovering who you are is a lifelong journey, but knowing that you were made with a certain innate nature is empowering and allows you to really shine and become who you were made to be! Being true to yourself is an invaluable gift. No two people are made the same and yet every human being desires to know they are valued, worthy and have something to offer. Knowing that you have certain strengths, skills and abilities to offer is not only rewarding internally but also externally when walking out your purpose and calling in life.
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