Every Tuesday night I go to an entrepreneur class called Venture Forth in Austin. The classes are part of a two month bootcamp program who’s mission it is to help startups get off the ground. On the first day of class, we were presented with this book:
According to Kevin, the teacher of the program, in order to found a startup, it’s important to be aware of what your strengths are so that you can use the natural talents you have at your fingertips. Also, by learning what our strengths are, we’ll know what our strengths are not–and it’s those skills that we are lacking that we should look to others to help fill. What are the characteristics of someone who would make a great team with me?
I was fascinated by this. I’ve never taken any type of personality test before. As soon as I got home that night, I ripped open the book, and started taking the quiz. Twenty minutes later, I found out my 5 strengths:
1. Futuristic: “Wouldn’t it be great if…” You are the kind of person who loves to peer over the horizon. The future fascinates you.
2. Strategic: The strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective about the world at large.
3. Activator: “When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action.
4. Significance: You want to be very significant in the eyes of other people. In the truest sense of the word, you want to be recognized. You want to be heard. You want to stand out.
5. Learner: You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning.
The book gives about two pages of information on each strength, tells you how to play to it, and also what type of personality to team up with to help you be your best. When I read my strengths I was amazed at how accurate it felt. It was almost creepy. I don’t really know what to say about my traits, except it makes me feel like I’m Napoleon.
Last night I asked Dave if he would take the test, too. I was so curious to see what his strengths were, wondering if it would reveal why we make a good couple. Also, I know that he and I are very different, and I wanted to know how different. Well, it turns out, we are like night and day… and I love it. He sounds like an angel. Check it:
1. Positivity: You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in a situation. Some call you light hearted. (this probably plays well with my need to feel significant, he reinforces me)
2. Harmony: You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum.
3. Input: You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information–words, facts, thoughts, and quotations–or you might collect tangible objects. Whatever you collect, you collect if because it interests you. (Dave is the wikipedia of all things music. I swear.)
4. Intellection: You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the “muscles” of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions.
5. Developer: 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 many possibilities.
Interesting, right?! I will lead the army, and Dave will be the peacemaker. I’m down with that. I kinda wanna be Dave a little bit though. Just being honest.