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I find psychological assessments, skills assessments, spiritual gifts inventories, and the like, very valuable and enriching. This stuff gets pretty personal. If you want to know me, this is an excellent way to really dive into my psyche. This is the Gallup Report of my top 5 strengths, according to the StrengthsFinder assessment (I highly recommend taking this assessment; it provides such valuable insight).

Learner

Shared Theme Description

People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Your Personalized Strengths Insights

What makes you stand out?

It’s very likely that you probably are a solo performer. You are determined to broaden your knowledge and acquire new skills. You are repeatedly drawn into the process of education. Chances are good that you treasure opportunities to absorb knowledge and gather ideas from forward-looking thinkers. You usually read their writings, listen to their presentations, or ask them questions about the future they envision. Whenever you can conduct experiments or participate in hands-on activities, you have a much better grasp of their innovative ideas. Driven by your talents, you want to acquire additional knowledge. Your desire to study enables you to talk about a variety of topics with newcomers or outsiders. Knowing more increases the likelihood of your having something in common to talk about with a stranger. Instinctively, you prefer having quiet time to mull over ideas as well as read and examine interesting topics. Periods of uninterrupted thinking give you great pleasure. You probably excuse yourself from noisy, active, or distracting situations to thoroughly process your ideas. By nature, you feel upbeat about life when you can register for demanding and rigorous classes. You probably aspire to enroll in specialized courses. Why? You trust yourself to meet the challenges. You know you will acquire lots of knowledge or special skills.

Strategic

Shared Theme Description

People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Your Personalized Strengths Insights

What makes you stand out?

By nature, you can design innovative plans. You probably raise issues and identify recurring obstacles as you generate tactical options. Problems and possible solutions become apparent to you. Once you outline action steps, you quickly execute them one by one. You refuse to waste time questioning your ideas after everything has been set into motion. Chances are good that you can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. You bring an added dimension to discussions. You make sense out of seemingly unrelated information. You are likely to generate multiple action plans before you choose the best one. Instinctively, you usually feel satisfied with life when your innovative thinking style is appreciated. You automatically pinpoint trends, notice problems, or identify opportunities many people overlook. Armed with this knowledge, you usually devise alternative courses of action. By evaluating the circumstances, available resources, and/or the potential consequences of each plan, you can select the best option. Because of your strengths, you have a knack for identifying problems. You spontaneously generate alternatives for solving them. You probably consider the pros and cons of each option. You often factor into your thinking prevailing circumstances and available resources. You feel life is good when you sense you are choosing the best course of action. It’s very likely 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.

Intellection

Shared Theme Description

People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Your Personalized Strengths Insights

What makes you stand out?

Instinctively, you often wish you could switch off your overly active brain — but you know that is impossible. Why? You enjoy having time alone to evaluate ideas, philosophies, theories, concepts, plans, or issues. You are impelled to test whether your thoughts and those of others make sense. Usually your conclusions can withstand close scrutiny. It’s very likely that you automatically reflect on all the good people, events, experiences, or opportunities you have encountered in life. You frequently pause to consider everything for which you are grateful. You probably avoid individuals who seldom say “thank you” or rarely express appreciation. They think there is a scarcity of good things in life. You, on the other hand, think there is an overwhelming abundance of good things to enjoy. By nature, you feel more favorable about life when you can freely use your sophisticated vocabulary. Your pleasure is multiplied tenfold when your choice of words stimulates the thinking of others. Because of your strengths, you have a rich vocabulary upon which to draw. The words you choose often expand and challenge your listeners’ or readers’ thinking. Chances are good that you move in and out of thought-provoking conversations with grace. You delve deeply into topics and explore the frontiers of ideas. The animated give-and-take you most enjoy often occurs in the company of thinkers. You tend to be happier when you meet people who share your need to talk about theories and concepts. You tend to be less engaged with those who are overly concerned with gossip or purely practical matters.

Developer

Shared Theme Description

People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

Your Personalized Strengths Insights

What makes you stand out?

Chances are good that you often motivate people. You patiently observe, ask questions of, and listen to each individual. This is how you pinpoint someone’s talents, skills, knowledge, interests, goals, and/ or background. In the process, you usually discover the best way to train, coach, or praise the person. By nature, you are likely to inconvenience yourself to help someone. The person’s appreciation, smile, or words of thanks usually make you feel very good about yourself and life in general. You tend to have much more energy for your own job or studies after you have done a good deed. Driven by your talents, you naturally tune in to others’ emotions. Moment by moment, you detect changes in their enthusiasm, happiness, hope, despair, sadness, or apathy. You take this information into account when you extend a helping hand to someone. Your approach and words are likely to vary from person to person. In fact, you probably deal with the same individual differently as circumstances change. Instinctively, you affirm others for who they are. You celebrate their unique gifts. Your encouraging words inspire and embolden people to be their real and true selves. Because of your strengths, you convince most people that you value them as human beings. You intentionally reinforce what they know, have experienced, or can do. Many individuals probably want to become your friend. Why? You likely affirm their worth the moment they start doubting themselves.

Connectedness

Shared Theme Description

People who are especially talented 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.

Your Personalized Strengths Insights

What makes you stand out?

Chances are good that you conclude that your life is more meaningful and you are happier when you can dedicate yourself to something of importance to humankind. It can be something simple rather than something grand. You sense your acts of kindness influence individuals to perform good deeds. You are likely to inspire generosity in many people. Driven by your talents, you sense every event is somehow the consequence of a series of actions, reactions, or lack of actions. You can accept that which cannot be fully explained using logic. You say there are no accidents. You are confident that things are linked together for a purpose that may or may not be revealed to you. Because of your strengths, you assert — that is, declare and affirm — that every person comes into your life for a definite purpose. This explains why you launch into discussions or engage in small talk with people you are meeting for the first time. You really want to figure out why your paths in life have crossed. By nature, you enter contests simply to have fun. In the process, you often find yourself part of something much larger such as building team spirit or raising funds for a worthy cause. This sense of being linked to other people means a lot more to you than finishing first or claiming an award. Instinctively, you argue that hard work influences the course of your life more than anything else. You make your own good fortune by preparing yourself to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Each time you are successful, you can outline exactly what you did to reach a goal. You link together facts, incidents, conversations, or available resources to understand your accomplishments. You resist the notion that life is nothing more than a game of chance.