Today I have gone back to the personality test, or rather I have done a two strengths tests instead. I have used the free versions of High 5 and Via Character, both list your strengths depending on your answers in their online questionnaires. I really liked the High 5 version, to the extent that I’m considering buying the full report. I love the Philomath characteristic. It’s remarkably accurate, I prefer to learn something fast and then move on. In fact, I think that could be said about my life in general, I don’t seem to be able to keep the interest in most things after the first initial phase. This is something I’m hoping to change over this year.

My results are below:

High 5

Deliverer – Your objective is to take responsibility. If there is a person who is emotionally bound to follow through on all promises – then it’s you.

Problem solver – Your objective is to solve problems. Any breakdowns are normally demotivating to the majority of people, but not for you. In a team, everyone knows you as a person who does not shy away from a problem, but actually fixes things to their normal functioning.

Philomath – Your objective is to learn new things. Due to your love of learning people tend to say you are a very curious person. You like to experiment with different styles of learning as well – in the end, there is something to learn from that as well, right? As it’s the processes itself that excite you, you are not necessarily interested in becoming a subject matter expert. Instead, you prefer learning something fast and then shift to a new thing to learn.

Believer – Your objective is to believe and to do ‘the right thing’. Of course, ‘the right thing’ differs from person to person, but one thing is true – you have a certain set of values that you are not ready to compromise. Moreover, these values are like a compass guiding you, providing a direction and giving your life meaning and satisfaction. You believe that money is not the ultimate measure of success. Some people call you the person of purpose.

Catalyst – Your objective is to act and to initiate action. You cannot wait until the discussions are over, wondering when we can actually start doing something. How can you know something does not work if we haven’t tried it? You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. As the result, you are impatient for action

Via Character

Honesty – Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way; being without pretence; taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions.

Creativity – Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it.

Love of learning – Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.

Perseverance – Finishing what one starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; “getting it out the door”; taking pleasure in completing tasks.

Zest – Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.

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