I took my Strengths Finder assessment months ago, but a recent post from a friend made me want to review my results again and I think I'm a hoarder.
My number #1 strength was Input. Now before I write the description for clarification into this strength, I need you to understand something first. If you’ve read my post From Packrat to Minimalist and then From Packrat to Minimalist: The Interview you’d understand why this is so comical to me. I literally started cracking up after reading this because frankly, it was true. Why don't you go and take a look at those posts and see why.
So here we go, the description:
You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information -- words, facts, books and quotations -- or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might be useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and comping and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.
So basically this is the nice way of saying that I’m a hoarder. Did you read that? Okay, so it wasn’t explicitly stated but boy was it in there. So my first question is… is it possible for someone like me to even get to the point where minimalism is authentic?? Or will the outward appearance of neatly placed objects only hide my “strength”. <-hehehe. By the way, I really love the fact that Tom Rath considers this a strength. He is so awesome for that!! I can now stand in my truth.
My first thoughts and why it makes perfect sense.
- I can’t tell you how many website I have bookmarked for further research.
- I can’t tell you how many things that I researched to death. It’s like a drug.
- I can’t tell you how many books I own. It's a small library.
- I can’t even tell you the number of things I have stored away for the right moment, but I don't know when that is.
While my first mind is to think of this as something not so positive the point of the strengths finder exercise is not to spend long hours focusing on our weaknesses, but focus on our strengths (the things we are good at) and build upon them.
Here are a few recommendations from the book based on my Strength:
- Partner with someone with a dominant Focus or Discipline talent. This person will help you stay on track when your inquisitiveness leads you down intriguing but distracting avenues.
Hehehe!!! Who has one of these strengths? We might need to be besties, or not... okay, okay, I'm just joking. :-P
- Your mind is open and absorbent. You naturally soak up information in the same way that a sponge soaks up water. But just as the primary purpose of the sponge is not to permanently contain what it absorbs, neither should your mind simple store information. Input without output can led to stagnation. As you gather and absorb information, be aware of the individuals and groups that can most benefit from your knowledge, and be intentional about sharing with them.
Who wants some of this knowledge? Because I’m going to give it to you rather you like it or not. lol. What's really interesting is the fact that I shared a video months ago about growth through the sharing of information.
- Schedule time to read books and articles that stimulate you.
I’ve been trying to do this for months. Needed this reminder, besides I really should do something with all these books I’ve been collecting. Taking a note from Ok,Dani and working on reading a book a month this year. Baby steps is better than no steps at all, right?
Want to read more? I'll share another strength tomorrow.
Have you done a Strengths Finder Assessment? Tell me what you results were.
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