Knowing your strengths

“From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

StrengthsFinder 2.0

This sentence is from a personal-development website, which I knew from one of my friends. She once asked me, “What’s your top strengths?” “Mmm…,” I tried hard but couldn’t come up with any word. I know I can write a list of my shortcomings but not any character of strengths.

What kind of strengths do I have?

Does what I’m doing now match my strengths?

Is it a right choice for me to pursue a PhD study?

Electronics, my have-to favorite?!

Ok, stop asking questions! I bought a book introduced by the website, Strenghsfinder 2.0. Following the link on the website, I took an on-line test, which will finally show my top 5 strengths. It was the first time that I paid for knowing myself! The type of questions is a little bit different from others free popping up in Internets. It’s not Yes or No. It’s not A, B, C, or D. It’s not about one situation whether it describes you exactly or not. It’s about two situations whether they describe you exactly or just neutral. Sometimes, the two situations just seem unconnected – arbitrary design! The format of a sample question looks like this (not real question due to confidential contract):

After answering 34 Qs, finally I got the report of my top 5.

Voila: Intellection, Input, Learner, Restorative, and Achiever.

I will explain each of them in another post. I’m sleepy… ZZzzz

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