What's your top 5?
Learner, Input, Futuristic, Responsibility, Communication
How do you see them playing out in your life?
Learner — I love to learn! I enjoy the process of learning and thrive in it! As an entrepreneur and web developer, this theme is extremely advantageous to me in my career. It requires me to maintain a high level of competence in my field. Technologies are constantly changing and I'm always having to adapt quickly and Learner gives me that competitive advantage to do so.
Input — This theme is awesome as it goes hand in hand with Learner. This theme allows me to identify areas of specialization and to actively pursue more information about them. I'm a sponge when it comes to input. It also brings be great joy to be able to "wring out" any information I've archived with the people I surround myself with.
Communication — in my industry, Communication plays a big role when designing and developing a product or service. Most of us have short attention spans these days so I need to communicate effectively to captivate the consumer.
Responsibility — as challenging as Responsibility can be for me, it can be a source of motivation to get things done. It's typical for me to volunteer or add more work to my already overflowing plate. This theme has not only helped me, but has challenged me to be comfortable with saying "No".
What's your favorite theme?
Futuristic is my favorite theme; it fascinates me! As a dreamer and visionary, I'm always excited by creating my future, setting life goals and/or learning how to build something.
The entrepreneurial spirit in me loves working on new start-up ideas or companies. I thrive on building products and services with my forward thinking nature — it's exciting!
What's the one theme that "gets in your way"?
Input. Input can be a blessing and a curse. Input by nature, is inquisitive and collects "things". I'm definitely not a hoarder or a collector of "things" — but more of an information collector. I'm constantly researching and collecting information. Whether it's useful or not, I always seem to be inputting and archiving information into my brain. I LOVE educating people on the topics I'm most passionate about.
The challenge I often face with Input is that I often have too many "browser tabs" open in my brain. SQUIRREL! When I'm researching a topic, another topic can be just as fascinating and/or a distraction. Sometimes it can be one of those happy accidents where I discover something pretty rad and other times it can be a total time-suck.
How has knowing your top 5 empowered you to live a more authentic life?
Understanding my strengths has been really empowering! StrengthsFinder has solidified any previous notions I had of my strengths. It's given me reassurance and confidence as I'm more in-tune with myself. It's allowed me to understand where I excel in and focus on the areas I'm most passionate about. Once I understood where I tapped out at, I began to save quite a bit of time and opportunities opened up.
The beauty of knowing your strengths is half the battle. Once you know them; bet on your strengths. You'll be more intentional in those areas. Do the things you LOVE and are passionate about. As for the areas you tap out in, team up with people who can activate or enhance your strengths. It'll create harmonious relationships (business and personal) where you can kick some serious tail in life. Want to be featured? We would love to showcase you!
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