Friday, February 01, 2008

Strength finder 2.0

My friend Vince gave me a book called Strengths finder 2.0. It is developed by a guy from Gallup polls, and it gives you access to a website test. This test gives about 150 questions, then it identifies your top five areas of strengths or talents (out of a possible 34). It provides advice on how to cultivate these strengths.

Now, I tend to be skeptical of these kinds of tests. Maybe I've had too many personality tests come back negative...

But, it was free to me, so I gave it a try. My top strength was what they termed learner. Here is a description of it:


You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the "getting there."

Now, I don't know about that process is important than outcome part of this, but the rest resonates with me. When I pick up something new, I love learning about it, and that might be why I like picking up new things.

This fits with blogging, because blogging gives me an outlet to discuss and get feedback on what I'm learning, plus learn from others.

It's got me thinking...

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