If you haven’t ever completed the StrengthsFinder test, I suggest you drop whatever you’re doing, go buy the book and take the test. You’ll be amazed at what you learn. One of my strengths is the “maximizer”…here’s an excerpt about what that means:
Strengths, whether yours or someone else’s, fascinate you. Like a diver after pearls, you search them out, watching for the telltale signs of a strength. A glimpse of untutored excellence, rapid learning, a skill mastered without recourse to steps—all these are clues that a strength may be in play. And having found a strength, you feel compelled to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it toward excellence. You polish the pearl until it shines.
It’s taken quite a few years to understand and accept that I need to work from my strengths and not focus so much on my weaknesses. It’s taken even longer to realize that graphic design is a skill I deeply want to master. Today though, I’m making steps to that end.
I’m beginning the “Creative Workshop Challenge”. I bought this book, the Creative Workshop which contains 80 challenges that promise to sharpen and strengthen my design skills. I’m going to go through one by one, complete the challenge and then post the results here. It’s that simple. (Think Julie & Julia, only without the amazing food or Oscar award winning actors)
Will I crash & burn? Will I make it to the end? Will I die from creative block? We shall soon find out.