My Top 5 Strengths

Career, Divorce, Single Mom

I took the Clifton Strengths Finder test (it’s cheapest if you buy the book). I discovered my top 5 strengths. They both confused me and made me think.

1. Responsibility
2. Intellection
3. Adaptability
4. Restorative
5. Input

I’ll explain them a little:
Responsibility: This means that when I commit to something, I absolutely follow through. It will get done. Honestly, the word responsibility as a way of defining myself is annoying. I don’t like that word, it is pretentious and heavy burdening. I am changing it to trustworthy.

This one really rings true for me, although I’m kind of embarrassed about it. I tried to hide it from people sometimes because I think they will think I’m too uptight, but when I find someone else with this trait in their personality, it is a relief. Knowing I’m not the only one who cares so deeply about doing right is refreshing.

Intellection: This means that I love to think deeply about things….lots of things.

Sooooo true! I love thinking! I could spend all day in my head. Is this weird? Sometimes this trait makes it really hard to be a mom, I think this may be the main reason I couldn’t go back into teaching….I like quiet jobs?

Adaptability: prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

At first, I was a little ashamed of this strength, thinking I was a chameleon of sorts, but that isn’t what it is really about. It’s about adapting to different situations and being able to fit into many different places. I often feel like an outsider, so it’s a little weird to read about my adaptive abilities. I do imitate people often to try to fit in better, their dress or their mannerisms…I try not to be too excitable around serious people..although my natural tendencies are to be happy and upbeat. I can talk with many types of people and am very accepting of many people, I can usually find the good in anyone, but I tend to judge negative or proud people harshly.

Restorative: I like to solve problems

When their is not harmony in my world, I get very stressed out. I feel it deeply and work hard to fix it. I find math fun and soothing, also computer programming is fun for me….

Input: People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to
collect and archive all kinds of information.

I actually hate collections, I consider them clutter, but I have been known to collect words that I love, quotes that I love, and I love to learn new things. I love to read and discover new places, I love ordering foods I’ve never had before.

Overall, I thought the Clifton Strengths finder test was very helpful and I plan on using the action planning guide. I also liked that it suggested I match myself with someone who had the strength of focus and discipline to meet my goals. I also noticed that many of my strengths are not in the relational category, which is weird for a girl. Especially for one as feelings based as I am. But it does explain why I’m not as good at making friends as others might be.

I’m trying to decide whether to quit my job and go to a web development bootcamp. I like web development because it is a quiet job, I like solving problems, I like learning new things….I think it might be a good fit for me, unless they give me one job to do and have me do the same job every day. Then I don’t think I’d like it very much.

I also considered psychology, but I don’t think my people skills are high enough for this profession.

I also considered a business degree where I’d go into marketing….maybe in the future. My skills seem to point to web development as a good choice for me.

What would you suggest a career choice for me? Honestly, I’d love to read books and write all day and paint pictures, but that isn’t too practical and it’s not really an acceptable career choice in my family. I’ve also considered have a dog care business, I think that sounds fun, but not even sure where to begin.

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