2006-08-04 9:06 PM

My Fusion-Reactor-Idea (for the week)

I realized that I set out to tell you about the great idea I was pummeled with recently. Then I got distracted.

A while back one of my friends recommended the book “Now, Discover Your Strengths” as an alternative to “The Purpose-Driven Life.” She found that the drive inherent in “The Purpose-Driven Life” was totally not jiving with her lifestyle. On the other hand she was highly motivated by the idea of focusing on her strengths.

Now Discover Your Strengths” belongs to the cluster of books from the Gallup Group that are centered around their Clifton Strengths Finder survey. These books emphasize knowing, focusing on, and using your strengths at work, in service, and in life. They identified 34 areas that cover nearly the full range of possible strengths. Not demonstrating one of the 34 areas does not mean that area is a weakness. They define a weakness as a non-strength that is limiting you in some way. The only reason you would want to improve a non-strength is because it is limiting you in some way. And you would only need to improve that area enough that it no longer limits you. (The whole premise puts an interesting spin on forced “character building” experiences, whether forced on ourselves by ourselves or on us by our parents, or forced on our children by us.)

So I got one of the books, took their online test (which you can only do with a code, found in one of this cluster of books or via http://www.strengthsquest.com), and was pleased to find out my top five strengths (in their eyes). Four of the five strengths were very much in line with my vision of who I am. I knew that I enjoy collecting information and objects for non-specific use “later” (Input), love learning for learning’s sake (Learner), am excited by making new mental connections (Ideation), and like to think about many things (Intellection). The final strength took more reflection to justify, however I did begin to notice the times that I take the lead and make things happen (Control). This has all given me a baseline from which to begin working with my strengths.

In the last couple weeks I have read several different authors beliefs that you must use your passion/skills/talents to fulfill your purpose/vision/raison d’etre. I also have been really doing some soul searching regarding how I can best be of service to other people using my own strengths and interests.

All of this has been feeding my intellection and ideation and I have been making some fun connections. I even managed to work in SMIILE (check the “RAW States” post if you think that is a typo). So what have I learned from all this input?

I’ve established my personal mission/motto/mantra of “Change the world from the inside out.

In light of this discovery I am rethinking and retooling the site. I am convinced that NLP is a useful meta-tool to bring about many of the changes in people’s lives. I am starting on the intelligence increase by sharing this tool set. We can get a jump on the space migration and life extension by leveraging the increased intelligence level.

Your part in this is to join me in increasing our intelligence. Read a book, think about it, and do something with the new information. You may just turn it into knowledge or even wisdom if you’re not careful!

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