I’ve decided to do an analysis of my results for the StrengthsFinder survey I completed about 2 and a half years ago. This is the Learner theme:
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 process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”
I thrive on this. It is exactly the kind of environment that I am in. Of course, it can also be very challenging and frustrating environment, but the benefits of learning something new outweigh the challenges. The frustrating part comes more from non-GIS people assuming that they know how to do my job, or telling me how long my task for them will take. The actual work normally tends to be fine.
This also helps to explain why I always liked General Knowledge – I just love learning knowledge, in general.