Did you know you had not one, not two, not even three! But FIVES STRENGTHS. WELL YOU DOOOOO!!!!

 I didn’t know either until I did the Gallup’s Strengths Finder Test. I remember sitting in front of the computer thinking what kind of sorcery is this! If I had been using my computer I would have sworn they had somehow scanned my hard drive and given me those strengths based on what was found, however,  I was using my mother’s computer at the time (mine was updating and we all know how LONGG windows takes).

I remember reading the general report and being totally surprised at its accuracy. What really had me running around in my house 10p.m at night was the Insights and Planning Report (This report tells you what makes you different from everyone with the same strength). When I read this I was shell- shocked, baffled weak….I had so many emotions running through me at the accuracy from SIMPLE questions. Which determined the following strengths:

Input- Often we like to collect and archive all kinds of information. This explained why I collected books (and hated lending them out… Ha ha) and quotes and also why I felt the need to collect random bits of information.

Command- means taking control of a situation and making decisions. This explained why I tended to just trust my instincts and make firm (sometimes hard-head) decisions.

Deliberative-means taking serious care in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.This explained why every decision I make is often planned and the pros and cons are always weighed before I do it.

Context-  we enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history. This explains why year after year I did History as a subject (even though I swore I would never do it again) and also why I bring up the past in everyday conversation to explain politics, religion, society etc. (which my friends HATE!)

Futuristic- we are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future. This strength may explain why I started Outreach Outlet.  It is the strength that I am still working and on and I do hope to inspire others for visions of the future through Outreach Outlet.

Two fun facts I learnt about three of my strengths is:

  • Command is one of the least found strength in an individual’s top five strengths in the world.( but i had the privilege of sharing it with two other persons in the room Danielle Mullings, a mentee and a mentor !)
  • People who have futuristic and context as two of their top strengths think about the past and the future and often forget to live in the present ( which I’m working on) and surprisingly at the meetup I was the only with both in my top five

The reports were really eye opening and somewhat life changing. Lianne also emphasized that these strengths are there for us to improve on, not sit there and be useful sometimes while we focus on the weaknesses that often have us downtrodden. Since then I have become more intentional about using my strengths and about how I use them in different situations.

Amanda Johnson,

YCDI Mentee and Founder of the Outreach Outlet 

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