Before you can even be considered as a candidate for a position at my company you have to be pre-interviewed, if you pass round 1, you move onto round 2, which is a personality test. There is no right or wrong, and no pass or fail. They ask you a bunch of questions to determine if they think your personality type will match well with those of your potential coworkers. If you are deemed a good fit, you move on in the interview process. Many people are weeded out during round 2.
After you are hired on, you get to take another personality test that determines your top five personality strengths. This is helpful because your managers know how best to motivate you and utilize your skills. Additionally, it gives your coworkers and idea of your personality before you've even met.
A couple of my sweet blog friends have made comments to me from time to time about how much I have helped them through their battles and dark moments. The other day it got me to thinking about my Top 5. I remembered there was one in there that seemed to go right along with those comments. I was right. When I checked my Top 5 today, I found this was my #1:
You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth--a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of "flow" where previously there were only halting steps. For you these small increments--invisible to some--are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.
When I first read that after finishing my quiz a couple of years ago, I didn't see it. I kind of could if I really thought about it, just like my other Top 5, but I couldn't believe that was my #1.
Since I started this blog a few months ago and through the friendships I have made, I have come to realize my #1 is SPOT ON. There are a couple of my blog friends in particular that have really made this strength shine, and to you, I am so appreciative. I may be helping you, but it turns out I am also helping me. I am doing what I do best, and that is to bring out the best in you.
Thank you so much to my sweet blog friends who allow me to be me and appreciate me for it. I am so glad I can be here for all of you just as much as you are here for me.
I will save my other four for another day. ;)