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Here are my Strengths ...
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.
What makes you stand out?
It’s very likely that you have little difficulty giving intense effort to projects, problems, or opportunities
that capture and keep your attention. By nature, you traditionally bring an upbeat perspective to
instruction, training, or tutoring. You probably regard education as one of the essential elements of a
well-lived life. Because of your strengths, you can finagle — that is, obtain by indirect or involved
means — time with people who think about the coming years and decades. Routinely, you read their
writings or listen to their conversations. You probably ask them questions and consider their
responses. You file away lots of ideas and facts, sensing that one day this information will prove to be
useful. Whether it ever actually does become useful makes no difference to you. Collecting the
predictions of forward-looking thinkers is apt to be rewarding in and of itself. Instinctively, you long to
know more so you remain on the cutting edge of your field or areas of interest. Your inventive mind
usually generates more possibilities than you can handle or fund. Nonetheless, you are committed to
acquiring knowledge and/or skills. You study everything involved in a situation and conceive entirely
new ways of seeing or doing things. What you already know prompts you to ask questions and delve
even deeper into a subject or problem. Driven by your talents, 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.
People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
What makes you stand out?
By nature, you are likely to do your best work when someone truly recognizes your strengths. You
want to be appreciated for the talents you own, the skills you possess, and the knowledge you have
acquired. Instinctively, you reject using a one-size-fits-all approach when attempting to influence
people to take action. Instead, you discover each person’s special talents, skills, knowledge, mission,
likes, and dislikes. This information helps you personalize your words and deeds. Chances are good
that you feel upbeat when you spend more time using your talents than fixing your limitations. You
probably have noticed you progress faster and accomplish more when you give yourself permission to
do what you do well. It’s very likely that you might enjoy helping others savor their successes.
Perhaps you prevent some people from discounting or ignoring their accomplishments. Because of
your strengths, you say your life is enjoyable when individuals recognize your special talents. They
probably encourage you to use your talents, knowledge, and skills. You prefer to spend time with
these upbeat people. Why? They regularly point out your best qualities rather than your weaknesses.
People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena
What makes ME stand out?
Because of your strengths, you engage life with gusto. Bursting with creativity, you approach
assignments, tasks, projects, opportunities, or problems. You like to take the innovative path rather
than follow the traditional and tried-and-true ways of doing things. Chances are good that you
probably consider yourself an idea person. Your job, studies, or life in general are more exciting when
people ask you to generate novel assignments, activities, or campaigns. Instinctively, you contribute
many innovative ideas to the group during brainstorming sessions. You tend to be highly imaginative
when proposals are fully heard and any criticism is reserved for a later time. By nature, you regard
yourself as logical and reasonable. You spontaneously reduce mechanisms, processes, proposals,
ideas, or formulas to their basic parts. You figure out how the pieces interrelate. Your discoveries tell
you why something does or does not function the way it should. It’s very likely that you favor
conversations where information, facts, or data are considered objectively — that is, emotions do not
distort the truth. You pose questions, evaluate answers, and figure out how things work. Reducing an
idea, theory, or process to its most basic parts provides you with many insights. You are likely to
archive — that is, preserve — your discoveries so you can use them later.
People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life
What makes you stand out?
Driven by your talents, you usually come away refreshed after conversing with future-oriented
thinkers. You probably inspire many of them with your passion for projects or causes that benefit
humanity as well as the environment. You likely feel restless when your life lacks a noble purpose.
Instinctively, you want only the very best for your family. This is a top priority for you. Your desire to
provide for loved ones is evident in what you say and do every day. By nature, you can sometimes
place the needs of others ahead of your own. Because of your strengths, you are determined to push
for changes that will benefit humankind or Earth itself. Your desire to have an impact motivates you to
enter into conversations with intelligent people. Drawing on their wealth of knowledge and ideas as
well as sharing your treasure trove of wisdom is exciting. These discussions frequently cause you to
think in new ways and to reexamine your purpose in life. It’s very likely that you value financial
security, but you refuse to think about it as much as many people do. You measure the quality of your
life in less tangible but more meaningful ways. You place a higher priority on spending time with family
and friends than working overtime to make extra money. You prefer a simple, less costly vacation to
an expensive trip. You treasure a gift someone made for you more than a costly present purchased at
an upscale, trendy store.
People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do
What makes you stand out?
Because of your strengths, you enjoy having time to mull over theories, philosophies, or important
questions. Being permitted to process your thoughts contributes greatly to your sense of well-being.
Having time to think probably enhances your optimism. Instinctively, you usually are exhilarated by
visionaries who invent the future by dreaming about what is possible. When skeptics list all the
reasons why something will not work, you likely encourage forward-looking thinkers by showing a lot
of enthusiasm for their proposals. By nature, you routinely set aside time to rest. Taking a break from
your studies or job improves your outlook on life. Driven by your talents, you feel all is well with your
life when people ask you to be their personal mentor, adviser, or consultant. Chances are good that
you typically find specialists who can guide you toward the right solutions. You feel much more
hopeful and happy about life when you are not expected to know all the answers.