Finding Your Character Strengths

Too often people focus on their weaknesses and what they need to improve in their lives, but building on your strengths is often a much more effective approach.
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I’ve previously spoken about finding your core competences, which is the unique skills and competences, which you have. Today however, I would like to discuss your character strengths – which are to do with your unique personality, and how you can use these strengths to your advantage.

Finding Your Strengths

You might already have a pretty good idea about your personality strengths, but it is often difficult for us to put our knowledge into words. Many people, women especially, also have a hard time claiming these virtues as descriptions of themselves, because we don’t want to seem “full of ourselves” or “immodest”. If you want the ability to use your strengths to your advantage, however, you have to be aware of them.

The survey I used is from VIA, it is free, is available in 17 different languages, has 240 different questions and takes 30-40 minutes to fill out: VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey
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My Strengths

I’ve always known that I am passionate about learning and expanding my knowledge, and this was confirmed. My top strength is Love of Learning, followed by Curiosity, Fairness, Perspective and Love.

This is a perfect description of me, I absolutely love learning and I am interested and curious about such a wide array of topics.

I do my very best to treat everyone fairly, and justice and fairness are of great importance to me. I give everyone a chance.

I am pretty good at gaining perspective – especially when giving other people advice, like most, I’m not as good at following my own.

And for love, I care a lot about the people I let close to me, whether they be friends or family, or more, and I hope people know that. I care deeply.

Making the Most of Your Strengths

I want to use my strengths to continue to learn, and to share the things I learn here on this blog. There are many blogs out there who have just one focus, but that will never be me. I’m passionate about too many things, and I hope you won’t mind that either. I know that not everything I write or share will be for everyone, but I hope you do find something interesting.

For me, it’s incredibly important to not try to ignore that I care deeply about people – even people I don’t know that well. I care about you, I want the best for you and I want you to be the very best you can.

Building on your strengths will likely lead to a happier work and personal life, because you don’t have to fight against yourself. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean that it will be easy, or that you won’t have to work for it, but you’ll be working with yourself and with your strengths – rather than against them.

So do the test, find your strengths and then look at how you can make the most of them in your life.

Questions

What are your strengths? How do you make the most of them in your work and personal life?
Do you have any other questions or comments?

6 Comments

  1. According to that survey – Love of Learning, Judgment, Spirituality, Love, and Leadership. I think the survey was flawed in some ways, most notably with multi-part questions where it’s difficult to tell which is more important or whether the whole thing has to be true to agree. Also, the things people value in themselves can be as important as any natural qualities they may have, so I would place spirituality and love above judgment and maybe even above learning. But overall I think my results were not far off the mark.

    Those are important strengths for a minister, so I expect to use them a lot later. For now, though, since I’m not working and it’s going to be awhile, I’m having a difficult time translating them into something else. At least I’ll have lots of time to study, and so that first one will come in handy. 🙂

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    • I think your results sound pretty close to mark – at least as you come across to me.

      I would agree with you on the multi-part questions thing. However, as for what we value, I think we often value things that are natural qualities – at least I know I do, and although you might place some of your qualities above the other, the fact that they’re all in your Top 5, for me, would show that the test is fairly accurate.

      I know what you mean about qualities being handy for what you want to do long-term, but struggling translating it into what you have to do right now, I have the same issue.

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  2. Oh, I’ll do the survey and tell you! 😀

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    • Looking forward to hearing your results!

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      • Hm, for some reason my strengths weren’t labeled in the results, so I’ll have to describe some of them.

        (1) high and refined perceptiveness, strong interest in beauty and achievement in different areas of life (nature, musik, art, science, everyday experiences)

        (2) strong reasoning, desire and ability to question everything and take different perspectives

        (3) creativity

        (4) curiosity

        (5) thankfulness

        (6) love of learning

        (7) fairness

        (8) wide scope

        (9) spirituality

        (10) caution

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      • What do you mean your strengths weren’t labeled in the results? That’s strange.
        I definitely agree with them though!

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