Finding My Strengths

At some point in your life, you have probably taken an aptitude test called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This is an assessment that will pinpoint your dominant personality traits, which you can use to guide yourself toward a particular career choice. As they say on the Myers-Briggs website, “understanding yourself and others provides a unique perspective and opens up possibility – in your job, your relationships, your life.”

If you have never taken the Myers-Briggs assessment, I highly recommend it. I have taken the quiz several times over my life, and I always score the same: INFJ. The letters stand for:

• Introverted

• Intuition

• Feeling

• Judging

Boy, does this describe me. My gut feeling rules. I am intuitive, and empathetic. I’m not at all shy, but I do value my private time to recharge. I’m very selective of friends and associates. If you make it into my inner circle, consider yourself lucky.

Fun fact: INFJ’s are the rarest personality type, making up only 1-2% of the population.

I recently also completed the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment. This is based on the fact that so often in professional situations, training and development focuses on fixing what isn’t working, or developing what is lacking. Strengths Finders 2.0 instead focuses on identifying your strengths so you can build on them.

My top strengths as identified by Strengths Finder 2.0 are:

Intellection: I am introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Empathy: I can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

Connectedness: I have faith in the links between all things, and believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

Developer: I recognize and cultivate the potential in others, and spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

Input: I have a craving to know more. Often, I like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

In other words, I’m smart, empathetic, and like to read and retain knowledge. I also enjoy working with others to help them be their best selves. Sounds like the perfect fit for helping charities meet with their best donors!

To read more and to take these assessments for yourself:

www.mbtionline.com

http://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html

https://infj.org/public/infjcharacter.html

strengthsfinder.com

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