Sunday, January 25, 2009

How (and why) I Find Random Stuff

I've been asked this past week a number of times where I find the stuff I do. Whether it comes to movies, theology, books, music, or randomness, how I do stumble upon it all? Perhaps a better question is, why do I find random stuff? The answer lies in who I am and the strengths I hold. It's been a long time, but when I took the StrengthsFinder test about 6 or 7 years ago, my highest strength was Input. The test creators define Input like this:
People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
I was born to do this. If I was born prior to the Internet, I'd probably be a guy who subscribed to numerous newspapers, magazines, and would read encyclopedias in my spare time. I read a large number of blogs, magazines, and books. I listen to a wide variety of music. I watch tons of films. If I didn't have food allergies, I'd probably check out lots of restaurants. I'm the guy who likes to learn things simply for the sake of learning it. I'm also strong in Connectedness, defined as:
People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
I find meaning in almost everything. I have an knack for metaphors, seeing the connection between two seemingly unrelated events or ideas. I naturally see the deeper truths underlying any event, object, or person. When these two innate strengths are combined, they inspire me to think and feel deeply, to explore the complex and vast world we live in (which includes the online world), and to point out the beauty, creativity, and meaning behind it all.

So to answer the question: it's just who I am. I love finding creative, beautiful, or inspiring things and sharing them with others. Some people collect stamps or baseball cards; I collect stories and music and films and ideas.

Sidenote: I'd love to take the StrengthsFinder test again to see if anything has changed over the past 7 years. I'd also highly recommend it to anyone, as it can offer some great insights into your innate personal strengths.

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