My Strengths Finder Results

At a recent conference hosted by information product guru Fred Gleeck, I was introduced to the Strengths Finder 2.0 book by one of the speakers at the event. The book goes hand-in-hand with an online evaluation program designed to determine your 5 core strengths.

The basic concept behind this is that it is far more productive and rewarding for people to engage in work/activities that mesh with their strengths rather than struggle to overcome weaknesses. Why dedicate your life to being the best basketball player if you are 4’10” tall with asthma?

Wouldn’t it be better in the long run to place your efforts behind something you might excel in?

The whole thing makes sense to me. The results of the test speak to deep strengths like ‘learning as a motivator in your life’ and not simplified and overly determined things like ‘you should be a research scientist.’

My Strengths Finder 2.0 Test Results:

1. Learner
2. Ideation
3. Activator
4. Achiever
5. Input

Even more interesting to note are the things that are not on my list like: Strategic, Discipline, Analytical, and Consistency.

I still have a lot to digest from the results, but this has been a helpful exercise to locate some areas of strength to focus on as I plan out my work in the future and evaluate potential business partnerships and joint ventures in the future.

The Go-To Guy!

Andrew Seltz

Andrew was born in Michigan, raised there and in Tennessee, and has since lived outside Orlando, in Chicago, New York City, and now Birmingham, Alabama. He produces videos and websites for a living and is married to a beautiful, generous, loving woman who also happens to be a talented actress and writer - www.ellenseltz.com. They have two daughters.

3 thoughts on “My Strengths Finder Results

  • January 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm
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    I used on myself last spring and I am ashamed to say, I don’t remember the answers. I am traveling and the answers are on my desktop. It was a good exercise and what I do remember is that it was right. Not only for me, but the whole family. You can also do a free one based on the Kingdomality book.

  • January 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm
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    Josep,

    No shame in not remembering. The tricky bit to all of these ‘self awareness’ type exercises is trying to figure out what to do with the information to actually improve your work and life.

    For me, the best diagnostic will be to determine the type of person who will best compliment me when it comes to hiring assistants or bringing on partners.

    My wife bought me a book called “Refuse To Choose” a couple years back and that really helped me get an understanding of what drives me and why I work the way I do. As a result, I developed some work habits that take advantage of my strengths and compensate for my weaknesses.

    The Go-To Guy!

  • February 24, 2009 at 5:15 pm
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    we have two strengths in common 🙂 (ideator and input)

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