Thursday, May 14, 2009


During my senior year of high school, I took the original StrengthsFinder test. StrengthsFinder is a research-based test designed to help one discover natural inner strengths. The test reveals the top five strengths out of a list of 34 possibilities. The unique combination of the top five strengths allows one to better understand how to use their strengths in their vocation. Here are my original top five:
  • Input - a craving to know more and collect all kinds of information
  • Adaptability - prefer to "go with the flow," tend to be "now" people who discover the future one day at a time
  • Empathy - can sense the feelings of others by imagining themselves in others' lives or situations
  • Positivity - has an enthusiasm that is contagious; upbeat and gets others excited about what they are going to do
  • Connectedness - a faith in the links between all things, believing that there are few coincidences and that everything happens for a reason
That was back in high school. I took the test again this week out of curiosity. Here are my strengths today:
  • Individualization - intrigued with the unique qualities of each person; has a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively
  • Input - a craving to know more and collects all kinds of information
  • Strategic - creates alternate ways to proceed; faced with any scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and ideas, finding the best ways to move forward
  • Ideation - fascinated by ideas; can find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena
  • Communication - generally find it easy to put thoughts into words; good conversationalists and presenters
My first list of strengths sounds like a counselor or a kindergarten teacher--good listener, upbeat, easy to relate, go with the flow, and a grounded faith. It's a bit more passive, relational, and carefree. My second list of strengths sounds like an entrepreneur, a professor, or someone in leadership--strategic thinker, good at finding connections with ideas and patterns, wide variety of knowledge, values communication, and builds solid teams. This set is more future-oriented, idealistic, and proactive. 

I guess I've changed! I wonder what my top five will look like 10 years from now. Can "awesomeness" be a strength?

If you've taken StrengthsFinder, what are your top five?


  1. 1. Input - Have a crazing to know more. Like to collect and archive information
    2. Deliberative - Serious care in decisions or choices. Anticipate obstacles.
    3. Intellection - Characterized by intellectual activity. Introspective.
    4. Analytical - Search for reasons and causes. Ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
    5. Learner - Great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. Process of learning excites.

    Pretty much, it's says I'm boring, which is probably right.

  2. Matt, if by "boring" you mean "really smart." You sound like you'd be a great researcher, college professor, or philosopher! :)