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How to Build a Career Based on Your Strengths: Unleash the Power of What Comes Natural to You

by A Hospidales
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“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

Thomas Fowell Buxton
  • Do you dread going to work every day?
  • Is your job making you miserable?
  • Do you often feel like you’re just not cut out for the job you have?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s because you’re in a job that doesn’t align with your strengths.

In other words, your job has nothing to do with your life’s purpose.

When we are born, every one of us is endowed with a unique set of skills to help us accomplish our purpose.

These are our core strengths.

According to research, our lives are most fulfilling when we employ at least five of our strongest strengths in our daily lives.

That is why identifying and capitalizing on your strengths is the key to a meaningful and fulfilling life.

If you don’t enjoy your job, you are likely not utilizing any of your strengths.

The truth is, most of us are not even aware that our lives have a purpose.

Consequently, we never make it a priority to get a job that aligns with it.

When looking for a job, our main concern is how well it pays and whether the job is a good match for the skills we have developed through education, personal development, and life experiences.

However if you want to be happy and live a meaningful and fulfilled life, you must understand your life’s purpose and make it the cornerstone of your career.

Identifying your natural strengths is critical because your purpose is embodied in your gifts.

When you are naturally gifted at something, it’s as if nature is giving you a sense of what your life is supposed to be about.  

Therefore, if you are born to be a plumber, but choose a legal career because your parents always wanted you to become a lawyer, then you are not living life in accordance with your true self.

In other words, you’re trying to fulfil someone else’s destiny.

As a result, the work you do for a living will leave you unhappy and unfulfilled.

If you have a natural talent for plumbing, you should strive to achieve your full potential by becoming the most successful plumbing contractor possible.

That should be your mindset.

It’s important to realize that when you build your career around a natural weakness rather than your strengths, you are unlikely to rise above mediocrity in that career or be happy in it, no matter how hard you work at it. 

That is why identifying your strengths is critical.

If you’re like most people, your talents are hidden and you have to actively discover what they are. However, if you don’t identify your strengths, you won’t know who you are really meant to be, and risk spending your entire working life improving your weaknesses in order to keep working in a career you aren’t cut out for.

The stress of spending so many hours in a role you’re not naturally suited for contributes to feelings of self-doubt, low confidence, imposter syndrome, mediocrity, anxiety, negative thinking, and depression.

In this guide, we will discuss how to identify your strengths and unleash the power of what comes naturally to you.

We’ll also provide tips for growing your strengths and using them to propel your career forward.

“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.”

Dean Koontz

Why it is important to work a job you love:

The average person works at least one full time job, that is 40 hours each week, which equals 2080 hours per year.

If you break that down a little more, most people begin their full time job at about the age of 25 and work until they are around 55.

This means that in those 30 years of employment, each person works about 62,400 hours in their lifetime of working.

That’s a long time and a lot of hours to put into something.

You may as well spend all those hours doing something that you are good at and look forward to every morning.

Drifting through life in a job that doesn’t fulfil you emotionally is simply not worth it.

If you’re in this situation, you’re not alone.

According to a study by Gallup, a staggering 85% percent of employees worldwide are not “engaged” or emotionally invested in their work.

These are shocking numbers considering how much time most of us spend at work.

The reality is, working at a job you hate or that doesn’t fulfil you or leverage your strengths can harm your health, emotional and physical well-being and your soul as well.

Your motivation, passion and performance will suffer along with your career advancement.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”

Erma Bombeck

Studies have consistently shown that people who hate their jobs have a higher level of work-related stress and health issues.

Furthermore, the stress and emotional response to hating your job can cause weight gain, lowered immune system, interrupt your sleep habits and even cause serious illnesses.

Heart attacks tend to occur most frequently on Monday mornings, did you know?

The pattern of heart attacks during the week has been studied in several different populations over the years. Weekends are when they occur at their lowest rate, Mondays are when they peak and Tuesdays are when they fall again. The stress of returning to a job you hate is believed to be the top contributing factor. 

By not liking your job and giving it your all, you also risk your personal relationships.

One study has shown a direct link between those who are unhappy in their jobs and their private life with their partner.

Those in the study reported having more problems in their relationship and private time with their partner.

Here are the top reasons why you should be working a job that you love:

  • Your overall health and wellbeing depends on having a balance between personal life and professional life.
  • If you work a job you hate, your disillusionment and dissatisfaction can follow you into your personal life, causing stress among yourself and those you love.
  • The more you work in a job that is connected to your natural strengths and passions, the more energy you’ll have each day.
  • When you do work you love, you will look for growth opportunities. It will drive you to keep improving.
  • When you are passionate about what you do, you’ll be more engaged in your work and it will be easy to create a powerhouse of enthusiasm, engagement and inspiration for those around you.

“Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.”

Roy T. Bennett

What are Strengths?

A strength is defined as the ability to provide consistent performance in a given activity.

In essence, your strengths are the innate characteristics, abilities and personality traits that are hardwired within you.

Everyone is blessed with their own unique set of interpersonal skills and attributes that come naturally to them and make certain tasks a lot easier to perform.

Your strengths are nature’s unique gifts to you. They are what differentiate you from your competitors and help you stand out from a pool of similarly qualified candidates.

Research shows that people who use their strengths every day are three times more likely to say they are having an excellent quality of life, six times more likely to be engaged with their jobs, 8% more efficient, and 15% less likely to quit their work.

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.”

Marilyn vos Savant

It is important to note that your core strengths are unique and they are not the same as your professional or workplace strengths, which are generally made up of the skills and abilities that you have cultivated through formal education, personal development and life experiences.

These strengths are part of your overall strengths and skillset, but they are not your natural strengths. The relevance of these achievements depends on their usefulness in helping you accomplish your life’s purpose. 

For example, if you discover that your life’s purpose lies in plumbing, you will find that your history degree is, unfortunately, completely irrelevant to living in alignment with your life’s purpose.

On the other hand, a degree in psychology could be a very valuable asset if you later decide to become an entrepreneur, since both career choices are based on intrapersonal intelligence.

Essentially, your core strengths are a combination of your signature strengths and the innate intelligence you were born with. 

Signature Strengths

“Spending too much time focused on others’ strengths leaves us feeling weak. Focusing on our own strengths is what, in fact, makes us strong.”

Simon Sinek

Your signature strengths are a unique combination of your personal characteristics and qualities that define who you are and your overall outlook on life.

They are based on personal attributes that come naturally to you. For example, “the ability to persevere in the face of adversity”, “a natural friendliness that makes it easy to develop relationships and bring out the best in others” or “a sense of humour that engages everyone and brings the best out of them” are all examples of natural strengths that cannot be taught in any training course.

The ability to tap into our signature strengths everyday leaves us feeling energized, happy, balanced, and prepared to tackle challenges as they arise.

Examples of signature strengths:

  • Ambition
  • Articulation
  • Listening skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Social intelligence
  • Determination
  • Organizational skills
  • Approachability
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Storytelling
  • Honesty
  • Public speaking
  • Intuition
  • Love of learning
  • Influencing
  • Sense of humour
  • Creativity
  • Communicative
  • Charm
  • Resourcefulness
  • Critical thinking
  • Influencing
  • Work ethic
  • Motivation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Determination
  • Humility
  • Resilience

Innate Intelligence

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When identifying your core strengths, it is critical to understand what kind of innate intelligence you were born with. Howard Gardner, a Harvard University professor and psychologist, identified eight types of human intelligence in his 1983 book “Frames of Mind” – each representing a different way of processing information.

As you work through each, rate your ability on a scale of one (not a natural talent) to five (a natural talent).

The following are Gardner’s nine types of intelligence. 

Some people are gifted with more than one type of intelligence. 

Visual-Spatial intelligence

With a high level of visual-spatial intelligence, people have a good sense of directions, and are skilled at remembering faces, images, and even the most minute details. Moreover, they can see things from multiple perspectives. A high level of visual-spatial intelligence is also associated with superior logical reasoning and judgment.

People with strong visual intelligence are often talented at drawing, painting, and visualizing things. When they are in their prime, they tend to have a knack for learning directions and reading maps, easily recognize patterns, interpreting and remembering visual information including graphs and charts, solving puzzles, etc. 

Career options include:

  • Architecture
  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Printmaking
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Geography
  • Plumber
  • Therapy
  • Illustrator
  • Inventor
  • Geneticist
  • Barber
  • Clinical psychology
  • Fashion design
  • Engineering
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Interior design
  • Aviation.

Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence

Body-kinesthetic intelligence is rooted in skilled control of the body and handling of objects. Most individuals who excel at this ability learn best through physical activity rather than through academic study. People with bodily kinesthetic intelligence can demonstrate exceptional physical and athletic power using all or part of their bodies.

In addition, manipulating objects by hand, as done by artisans and instrumentalists, as well as hand-eye co-ordination is referred to as kinesthetic intelligence.

Career options include:

  • Actor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Athlete
  • Farmer
  • Craftsperson
  • Dancer
  • PE Teacher
  • Carpenter
  • Artisan
  • Firefighter
  • Mechanic
  • Builder
  • Entertainer

Have you ever wondered why so many renowned actors are also farmers? It is because they share the same innate intelligence.

Following are a few celebrities who have an interesting second career as farmers:

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Julia Roberts
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Martha Stewart
  • Matt Baker
  • Chris Platt
  • Kevin Fletcher
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Jason Gardiner
  • Russell Crowe
  • JB Gill

Musical Intelligence

Musical intelligence refers to the ability to perform, compose, and appreciate musical patterns. This involves the ability to sing and/or play musical instruments. Music-intelligent people can hear and recognize patterns with ease. Their sense of rhythm and sound is very acute. It is easy for them to tell the difference between a clarinet and a flute, for example.

Career options include:

  • Musician
  • Music producer
  • DJ
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Musical journalist
  • Singer
  • Music teacher
  • Conductor

Linguistic Intelligence

Linguistic intelligence, also known as verbal intelligence involves the ability to comprehend and use written and spoken language skilfully. These individuals are highly literate and appreciate words and language, and you may find some similarities among them. This includes communicating properly through speech and writing, as well as demonstrating an aptitude for learning foreign languages.

Career options include:

  • Poet
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Teacher
  • Blogger
  • Translator
  • Curator
  • Speech pathologist
  • English professor
  • Editor
  • Novelist
  • Translator
  • Writer
  • Radio or TV announcer
  • Legal assistant
  • Lawyer 

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

The ability to analyze situations logically and mathematically is a sign of logical-mathematical intelligence. A person with this gift is able to solve mathematical problems logically, identify solutions, conduct scientific research, etc. They sometimes appear confused, but their minds work like computers in the background.

Career options include:

  • Coder
  • Mathematician
  • Analyst
  • Medical doctor
  • Physician
  • Chemist
  • Software developer
  • Software tester
  • Scientist
  • Accountant
  • Stockbroker
  • Engineer
  • Economist

Interpersonal Intelligence

Understanding how to interact with others is the essence of interpersonal intelligence. People with this intelligence communicate effectively both verbally and nonverbally, pay attention to distinctions among individuals, take into account others’ moods and personalities, and consider multiple viewpoints. They understand and interact well with others, and are able to gauge the emotions, motivations, desires, and intentions of others.

Career options include:

  • Psychologist
  • Influencer
  • Marketer
  • Nurse
  • Team manager
  • Philosopher
  • Publicist
  • Buyer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Counselor
  • Salesperson
  • Politician

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence is the ability to be aware of one’s own moods, feelings, and thoughts. People with this intelligence have excellent self-awarness. They are self-reflective and analytical, enjoy daydreaming, exploring relationships, and assessing their own strengths.

Career options include:

  • Philosopher
  • Therapist
  • Writer
  • Counselor
  • Researcher
  • Theologian
  • Program planner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Theorist
  • Psychologist

Naturalistic Intelligence

In Gardner’s opinion, individuals who are at their best with this type of intelligence have a deeper connection with nature. It is common for them to enjoy taking care of other species, exploring the outdoors, and exploring the world around them. Even subtle changes in their environments are said to be apparent to these individuals.

Career options include:

  • Biologist
  • Geologist
  • Conservationist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Landscape architect
  • Animal trainer
  • Scientist
  • Naturalist
  • Botanist
  • Gardener
  • Florist
  • Farmer

Existential Intelligence

It is a sensitivity and aptitude that allows one to examine fundamental questions about our existence. For example, the meaning of life, why we die, and what brings us to this world. 

Career options include:

  • Pastor
  • Mediation instructor
  • Yoga instructor
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Motivational speaker
  • Psychologist
  • Writer
  • Teacher
  • Scientist
  • Philosopher
  • Theologian

Understanding Your Strengths

You can learn about your strengths in a variety of ways, and it’s crucial to examine them from different angles in order to apply them effectively under different circumstances. Being aware of your strengths and how to use them can enable you to sharpen your skills in areas most relevant to the career you choose.

How to Identify Your Strengths

Following are three powerful ways to identify your core strengths.

To do this, we’re going to employ a 3-step process.

By the time we complete this exercise, you will have an accurate and comprehensive picture of your natura gifts. In doing so, you will gain a crystal clear understanding of your life’s purpose and reason for being.

1. Self Reflection

The first step in this process is self-reflection.

Taking the time to reflect on yourself is a powerful way to discover your hidden talents.

Spend some time thinking about who you are and what you’re naturally good at.

As we go through life, there are certain activities that we naturally enjoy and can perform effortlessly and better than others.

Take a pen and paper and write down all of the things that come easily to you or feel second nature. For example, perhaps you enjoy writing short stories in your spare time, or repairing broken computers or knitting sweaters.

You might not think that your favourite activity is a talent, but it very well could be.

Do people ask you for help or mention how excellent you are at this activity?

For instance, if people always rave about how delicious your fried chicken is, you might have a natural talent for cooking.

What types of problems do you enjoy solving at work on a daily basis?

If, for example, you are skilled at creating spreadsheets, you probably have mathematical intelligence.

That’s your talent.

This does not mean that creating spreadsheets is your life’s purpose. It simply means your natural ability makes it easy for you to create spreadsheets.

Reflecting on your life in this way will increase your self-awareness, and help you uncover things about yourself you didn’t realize before.

2. Ask people who know you well or have worked with you.

This step involves asking people who know you well and those you have worked with about their opinions regarding your strengths.

The opinions of people who know you personally and work with you regularly are one of the most reliable sources of information about what you are good at, and do really well. The easiest way to do this is to email them and ask them what strengths they believe you possess.

Ask them to give specific examples that support what they say about you. So if someone describes you as emotionally intelligent, ask them to explain why.

Make sure to utilize both personal and professional contacts when you are completing this exercise. 

Pay attention to feedback you receive from coworkers about your work performance and your positive attributes. Finding out what your work colleagues think of your strengths can give you additional insight.

What specific personal attributes do your colleagues and team members acknowledge in you?

Those whom you work with on a variety of levels are capable of recognizing your strengths and weaknesses. Consider what areas of your work get the most praise, and identify what aspects of your personality or skill set allow you to excel at those tasks. People who have worked with you will be able to point out some of your strengths and provide examples with useful context.

Find out when you are most productive.

Track how long you spend on each task throughout your day and how focused and engaged you are with each task. If you are able to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time and it feels like time is flying by, you are likely making use of your strongest strengths.

Keep a journal of your most productive, engaged moments at work. Think about what motivates you during these moments. Track your least productive moments as well. The fact that the time seems to drag while you perform certain tasks indicates that the work does not motivate you. This is often the case when you’re not making use of your strengths.

3. Take a personality test.

Using a strengths-based test is the final step in identifying your strengths. These tests aim to measure your inherent abilities based on your usual thought patterns, behaviours, and feelings.

 All strengths-based assessments comprise a list of strengths organized into categories or domains.

A series of paired statements will be presented to you during the test, and you’ll be asked to choose the statement that applies to you the most. Following the assessment, your strengths will be measured and categorized based on dominance. Generally, most tests will give you your top five or ten strengths.

Typically, the tests include in-depth descriptions of each strength and suggestions for how to improve them or utilize them more effectively.

These tests can also help you to identify your aptitude for skills and activities that you are naturally good at, but don’t have any experience in. So, they can help you discover hidden talents you never knew you had.

Here are 11 of the most respected strengths-based assessments that have been scientifically validated:

1. Clifton StrengthsFinder

Website: Gallop

CliftonStrengths is an online talent assessment that offers 177 paired statements to help people identify their strengths and opportunities for personal development. It measures recurring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior.

There are two choices: top 5 Clifton Strengths or top 34 Clifton Strengths. This test reveals your unique combination of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes, which it refers to as your Talent DNA, in order of dominance.

Unless you purchase the Clifton Strengths 34, you can only access your Top 5 strengths. A more advanced test consists of 34 topics organized into four areas: Executing, Relationship-Building, Influencing, and Strategic Thinking.

The test is available for individuals, students, managers, teams, and organizations. 

2. Truity

Website: Truity.com

Founded in 2012, Truity offers a range of science-validated personality tests to help people discover their strengths and understand themselves better.

You can take a variety of tests through their website, including;

  • Enneagram (9 personality types): The Enneagram Test is a personality quiz that helps you identify your personality type.It is a personality assessment that categorizes people into one of nine different personality types.Each type has its own set of strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies. After taking the quiz, you will be assigned one of nine different types, which are: Reformer, Helper, Achiever, Individualist, Investigator, Loyalist, Guardian, Peacemaker, and Mediator. Knowing your Enneagram type can help you better understand yourself and how to better navigate relationships with others.It can also be helpful in understanding why you may act or react in certain ways, and it can give you some insights into your personal growth areas. he test measures how people respond to certain situations and then assigns them a type based on their predominant response.
  • Typefinder (16 personality types)
  • Big Five Assessment
  • Career Profiler
  • Workplace DISC Test

3. High 5 Test

Website: High5Test.com

HIGH5 is a free strengths assessment that identifies a person’s natural talent. You can discover what your unique strengths are, and benefit from understanding yourself and others better.

The principles are derived from positive psychology, an emerging science exploring how people thrive. The fundamental premise is avoiding failure can be achieved by fixing weaknesses, however maximizing strengths is crucial for success, happiness, and fulfillment. Therefore, HIGH5 focuses on identifying what people are strong at rather than what they are weak at.

As opposed to other tests, HIGH5 doesn’t place you into a particular group. Rather, you are assessed based on your unique strengths sequence, which is as unique as 1 in 1.86 million. 

4. VIA Character Strengths Survey

Website: VIACharacter.org

VIA Character Strengths Survey is a 15-minute survey that identifies your character strengths and is free.

In contrast to other strength tests, VIA is divided into two versions, one for adults (18 and older) and one for youth (10-18 years old). As with the rest, this assessment scores your strengths based on the ones that you consider to be most central to your identity.

With the VIA survey, you can download your strengths profile, whereas the High5 only provides a summary of your top five strengths. According to your Strengths profile, your 24 strengths will be listed from your top five signature strengths through your 14 middle strengths and five minor strengths.

Alternatively, you can purchase either the top five reports or the full 24 report which contains a detailed analysis of your strengths, as well as tips and exercises.

5. Strengths Profile

Website: StrengthsProfile.com

According to Strength Profile, strengths are things you enjoy, do well, and do often. In comparison to the other tests on this page, the Strengths Profile measures the most strengths, 60 in total.

You will receive your Quadrant Profile after taking the test. It will reveal your Realized Strengths, which you already know, along with your Unrealized Strengths, which you should utilize more often.

The tool will also identify up to three of your Weaknesses, or the things you enjoy but may find hard, and up to four of your Learned Behaviors, the strengths you frequently use but may not enjoy.

You can learn how to optimize your strengths with the Quadrant Profile. You can upgrade to Expert Profile to see all 60 strengths.

6. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Website: Myerbriggs.org

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is designed to measure how people prefer to perceive information (through their senses), make decisions, and interact with the world around them.

It has been used to help people understand their strengths and weaknesses.

A person’s type is determined by which of the two pairs of opposite preferences they identify with more: Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving(P).

Each personality type has its own strengths and weaknesses, and possess certain qualities that make them unique from the others.

Knowing your personality type can help you to better understand yourself and how you typically behave in various situations.

“Sometimes we’re tested. Not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.”

7. Oprah’s Test Your Career Strengths Test

Website: Oprah.com

The Oprah Winfrey Show once aired a test called “Test Your Career Strengths.”

It is an aptitude test that can help you determine your strongest career skills.

The test is designed to help you better understand your natural strengths and how to use them to reach your fullest potential in your career.

The test measures how well someone’s personality and skills matches different careers. The test has four parts:

-Part 1 measures your personality type.

-Part 2 measures your skills.

-Part 3 matches your personality type and skills with different careers.

-Part 4 gives you tips on how to use your results to find a career that was a good fit for you.

After taking the test, you will receive a report that outlines four specific areas of strength: creative expression, strategic thinking, people skills, and results orientation.

You will also receive tips on how to use your strengths in your career, as well as specific examples of careers that may be a good match for you based on your skills.

“Failure is a chance to rediscover and improve yourself. Every failure lets you discover your strengths and weaknesses, and gives you an opportunity to work on them.”

8. The Sokanu Career Test

Website: CareerExplorer.com

The Sokanu Career test is an aptitude test that measures your interests and personality in order to suggest careers that might be a good fit for you.

It is described as the world’s most powerful career test.

The test is made up of 100 questions that cover a variety of topics, such as people, things, and activities.

It is free to take, and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

After taking the test, you’ll receive a report that includes information on your personality type, strengths and weaknesses, and the types of careers that might be a good fit for you.

You can also use Sokanu’s career explorer tool to learn more about specific careers, including salaries, job satisfaction ratings, and what type of education is required.

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”

Susan Gale

9. The Harrison Assessment Tool

Website: HarrisonAssessments.com

The Harrison Assessment Tool is a personality test that helps professionals to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

It is designed to help people identify and assess their top five talents so they can focus on developing these strengths.

The tool is based on the idea that each person has natural talents or areas of strength that can be developed into skills.

The assessment consists of a series of questions that are designed to understand the individual’s thinking process, their preferences and how they interact with others.

It is widely regarded as one of the most accurate personality tests out there.

The Harrison Assessment Tool measures five personality traits: dominance, emotional stability, openness to experience, extroversion and agreeableness.

The test is designed to measure the individual’s level of empathy, their ability to identify with others, and their tendency to help or hurt others.

The Harrison Assessment Tool has been found to be very accurate in identifying an individual’s top five talents. It is also quick and easy to use.

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.”

Marilyn vos Savant

10. The DISC Test

Website: 123Test.com

The DISC Test is a tool used to measure different aspects of someone’s personality.

It was developed by Dr. William Marston in the 1920s.

The DISC test can help you better understand yourself, so that you can work on improving your weaker areas and capitalize on your strengths.

It can also help you better understand how others operate, so that you can more effectively communicate with them and build stronger relationships.

It stands for Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness.

There are four dimensions that the DISC Test measures: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness.

Dominance refers to the need to be in charge and to lead.

Influence describes the desire to interact with others and to have an impact on them.

Steadiness reflects the need for consistency and stability, while Conscientiousness reflects being orderly and disciplined.

Each dimension has two opposite traits (e.g., dominant = aggressive vs. submissive, influence = persuasive vs. passive).

The DISC Test can be helpful in understanding someone’s personality and how they might behave in different situations.

For example, if you know that someone is highly dominant and aggressive, you might want to avoid putting them in a position of authority or asking them to be forceful in negotiations.

“Master your strengths. Outsource your weaknesses.”

Ryan Kahn

11. Wingfinder by Red Bull

Website: Redbull.com

This free tool identifies what you naturally excel at based on your strengths. You can also develop your strengths through the tools and coaching materials available on the site.

After completing this test, you will receive a 19-page feedback report that takes about 35 minutes to complete.

Wingfinder explores four factors that determine your employability and career success in a playful, light-hearted manner:

  • Connections
  • Drive
  • Thinking style
  • Creativity

In addition to being timed and challenging, the test is highly interactive as well. Through real-life problems and scenarios faced by leaders, you are tested on your ability to think quickly and creatively.

Additionally, you can measure your performance against the best through the feedback provided at the end of the assessment, making this a particularly useful tool for those just starting out.

“Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.”

Steve Maraboli

Once you have completed these three steps, start processing the information by reviewing your personal notes, the messages you received from your contacts, and your test results.

Pay attention to recurring patterns and themes.

The qualities and character traits that come up most frequently are likely to be your strongest strengths.

With this information, you can now create the most accurate self-portrait that defines your life’s purpose.


In this article, we’ve discussed the top reasons why it is so important to make your purpose and your strengths the foundation of your career.

It’s essential to find a career that is based on your natural strengths because when you enjoy what you do, it shows in your work.

You’re also more likely to be successful when you put your whole heart into your career.

Additionally, when you play to your strengths, not only are you happier with what you do but you also become better at it.

Lastly, it’s better to look after your own happiness than try and fit into a job that doesn’t fulfil you emotionally.

“Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”

Paul J. Meyer

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12 days ago

There are so many options out there and career paths they can take that really can change their life. I hate when I find people who are stuck in a position where they hate their job and even worse, they feel they will never get any better at what they do. I think finding a career based on your strengths is one step closer to having a career you can actually enjoy and love.

10 days ago

I wonder what would happen if more of us would work jobs that we loved? Would it feel like work or more like play? Would we have a hard time getting up in the morning? Or would we spring from our beds with excitement? 

8 days ago
Reply to  Samantha

Why aren’t schools helping their pupils and students find their purpose and find a proper job (that suits their particular gifts/talents)? Why aren’t we focusing on this more? Do we like that so many of us work in meaningless jobs and may not find work happiness all of our lives?

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