When I was working on getting Olive + Gene up and running, I took the strengths finder test because I wanted to create a well rounded brand and thought it might be helpful. I think it’s so interesting to see the results of these tests. I know they are really popular right now, but I think they hold a lot of value if you really take the time to focus on them. I’ve taken a few and really find the Clifton Strengths to be scarily accurate. These are my top five…
Analytical: now I know why the phrases “follow your dreams” and “dream job” bug the heck out of me. When I first started I used those phrases, then my analytical brain kicked in around the six month mark and no more. Wish I’d taken this test in the beginning, so I wouldn’t have been so hard on myself. I seriously thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn’t seeing what everyone else was in my “dream job”. This has it’s draw backs as well because this analytical thinking can make me seem harsh or not sensitive when it’s really just me trying to figure out the best approach.
Discipline: now I know why I’ve made it six years being a business owner and still want to continue but with changes needing to be made. It sums up exactly why I created Olive + Gene and need to make changes at the brick and mortar shop. And explains why I’ve never liked surprises. My whole life… do not like surprises even if they are good ones. This is a challenging one for me because life is full of surprises that are out of my control, so sometimes I’m not sure of how great of a strength it is but I try to make it work.
Responsibility: now I know why I really struggled my first couple years running the shop and doing wedding flowers. I was burning the candle at both ends and couldn’t give my best work which all goes back to this feeling of needing to “take psychological ownership for anything you commit to” (exact phrase from Clifton Strengths). I was getting all the jobs done, but at what cost. I had to learn to be selective to what I give my energy to. I still struggle telling people, “No I can’t do that for you” but now I know I have to because of this responsibility trait.
Futuristic: now I know why I’m not afraid of change and actually strive and want change. Even though that kind of goes against the first 3, but it’s because I’m creating it. It’s also why I have so much hope when I have enough reasons to not. This is my favorite trait because this is my creative side. If I didn’t have this, I would probably have a totally different career. This allows me to escape and create when all those other strengths are too much, too serious. I’m most thankful for this and try my hardest to bring this one to life the most. I think I would drive myself crazy if this wasn’t part of me and need to make time to focus on growing this strength.
Deliberative: now I know why I’m not a total weirdo (lol) who isn’t a fan of social media and all the trendy things I think I should be doing, but it just doesn’t feel natural. “For you, life is not a popularity contest.” (direct quote from Clifton Strengths) Not sure how many times I’ve said it, but I’ll say it again – “I want a business that is profitable, not popular”. Bottom line this is a job and what is the purpose of a job? To make money to pay bills / live life. Call it what you want “your dream job” (I will not call it that), but at the end of the day if you can’t pay for what it costs to have that dream job then guess what… you have a hobby, not a job/career/business.
Y’all, these are scary accurate, eye opening, and even comforting. If you have the time to really focus on taking the test and analyzing the results, I think it can be very beneficial. For me, I have mostly rigid and serious strengths but know I need to take time to focus on the one futuristic strength a little more than the others. I’d love to hear what your top five are! I find this information very interesting, so email me and we can chat about it!
Test: Gallup, Clifton Strengths