If you have not read my previous post Relator, Strategic, Belief, Learner, Achiever [Part 1], I would encourage you to read it first before you dive into this post. It will help set up some of the background work for what I am going to explain. If you have, then this post is going to deal with the specifics of the results of the Strengths Finder test I talked about before.
Strengths Finder has the ability to rank all 34 strengths, but they only give you top five. From what I can gather, these are the strengths that will most likely be seen on a consistent basis, therefore it is better to focus on the top five rather than get caught up in the details of trying to understand how all 34 interact together in situations–but for a measly $550 you can sit down with a Strengths Finder expert who will lead you through a process of understanding your other strengths. I am content with my five. So, let us dive in to what these reveal, in order from number one to number five:
Relator – Because of your strengths, you regularly consider talents you want to upgrade to be a better trainer or coach. You are likely to derive much satisfaction from helping individuals improve personally or professionally. By nature, you have the ability to instruct, train, or offer suggestions to people who look to you for assistance. Instinctively, you occasionally make the complex easy to understand. Perhaps you have a gift for making the intricate seem simple. Driven by your talents, you might sense that you are being as productive as you can be. Perhaps you design methods for managing the details or deadlines of certain repetitious tasks. Over time, your familiarity with the required steps may improve how efficiently you use your time, energy, effort, or talents. It’s very likely that you realize each individual’s interests, background, motivations, desires, fears, and work style are different. You strive to honor everyone’s uniqueness and preferences. Understanding a person’s ambitions gives you insights into the type of support, training, experiences, partnerships, and nurturing he or she needs to thrive.
Strategic – Because of your strengths, you may have a tendency to produce original ideas. Perhaps your imagination is stimulated when you collaborate — that is, team — with future-oriented thinkers. Instinctively, you are innovative, inventive, original, and resourceful. Your mind allows you to venture beyond the commonplace, the familiar, or the obvious. You entertain ideas about the best ways to reach a goal, increase productivity, or solve a problem. First, you think of alternatives. Then you choose the best option. Chances are good that you select the right combination of words to convey your ideas or feelings. In the middle of discussions, your vocabulary provides you with precise phrases and terminology. You probably express yourself with ease and grace. It’s very likely that you may be inclined to examine the basic elements of certain types of problems. You might attempt to understand how and why things work or fail to work. These insights might stimulate your thinking. Then you try to generate a few alternative plans. Considering prevailing circumstances, available resources, and time constraints, you might narrow down your options. Perhaps the plan that offers the best chance of solving the problem naturally reveals itself. By nature, you have no difficulty finding the right words to express your ideas. You are quite comfortable talking about ways to make people or things more complete, perfect, or excellent.
Belief – Because of your strengths, you understand there is more to life than the acquisition of material possessions. Typically you find purpose and meaning in the simple things money cannot buy. By nature, you place more importance on the purpose and value of what you do than on the monetary rewards that accompany success. It’s very likely that you associate false praise with dishonesty. This is one reason why you are cautious when giving individuals feedback. Your integrity demands that you say what you mean and mean what you say. Your compliments are hard-won and genuine. As a result, people really value them. Instinctively, you are naturally compelled to admit the truth. If someone asked you or told you to intentionally mislead someone, you would reply, “I cannot and I will not do that!” Chances are good that you want your life to really matter. You are determined to contribute to the well-being of individuals and the human family. You sense you can be an influence for good in the world.
Learner – Driven by your talents, you sometimes rely on reason to determine how an event, decision, or condition led to a specific event. Perhaps you desire to understand how things converge to produce the final result. It’s very likely that you might search for the factors that produced a certain outcome or started a particular chain of events. Sometimes you are frustrated until you figure out why things happened the way they did. Chances are good that you occasionally find the reasons why certain things occur again and again. Perhaps you investigate numerous details to understand the overall operation of a machine, program, regulation, or tool. Maybe examining the interaction between various parts is as important to you as knowing what eachpart is designed to do. Instinctively, you are diligent about examining what needs to be revamped, revised, modified, or fixed. When you are absorbed in these activities, hours pass quickly. You can dedicate yourself to correcting a single problem, especially when it directly and dramatically affects you. You probably read, listen, observe, discuss, experiment, and experience as much as you can to fill your mind with fresh ideas. Because of your strengths, you sometimes enroll in difficult or demanding classes. You might aim to expand yourknowledge or challenge your thinking about certain things.
Achiever – Because of your strengths, you sometimes enjoy launching new initiatives. Perhaps you have a reputation for knowing how to get projects moving forward. Chances are good that you maybe inclined to look over your own or others’ work more than once. Sometimes you need to verify that the basic building blocks are in the right place. Perhaps knowing that everything has been done properly makes it a little easier for you to let go of one assignment and begin your next project. It’s very likely that you might want to be the very best in certain fields or activities. Maybe you realize that excellence is the result of not only hard work, but also of top quality materials and people. This partially explains why you devote yourself to some activities but not to others. Instinctively, you can mentally zero in on tasks for hours at a time when you have a goal to reach. When the assignment demands extra time, you would be wise to honor your body’s natural rhythms. In other words, if you are a “morning person,” work in the morning. Work in the afternoon if that is when you hit your stride. Work in the evening if that is when you think better. Work around midnight after everyone has gone to bed if you are someone who usually stays up very late. Driven by your talents, you devote your full attention to immediate tasks and challenges. This explains why you give yourself plenty of time to comprehend what you read on the printed page or the computer screen. Diligence, persistence, and concentration are three of your distinguishing traits.
In no way are these strengths exhaustive nor completely accurate. In fact, these are the results from a personal guide that was made available to me based on how I answered the questions specifically. These descriptions may apply to you; you may have the same strengths, but there could be nuanced differences. That is what makes each and every human being unique. You can categorize people with the same generalizations, but you will never find two people who are the exact same in their personality. In my opinion, that is solid proof to argue the existence of a God who has create each of us, uniquely designed us from the inside out, and wired us in ways that we can succeed in being all that He created us to be.