Maximize Your Strengths

By: Ashley

You get your top 5 strengths back and one of them is Maximizer and you might be wondering what does maximizer mean? Well that is what I am here to tell you, also as a side note this is the last strength to be blogged about! Can you believe it that all of the strengths have been done? So even if maximizer isn’t one of your top 5 go ahead and browse on through the other wonderful posts by all the bloggers and read about the strengths that are yours!

So on to the strength itself.  The StrengthsQuest website defines maximizers as “people who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.” So essentially you’re given a task or seek a task out and you take action to not only do the task but you do a fantastic job at it!  When you aim high you shoot for the moon, anything less wouldn’t be worth it.

Maximizer

A few suggestions to develop maximizer further would be:

  • Seek to help others discover their own potential, mentoring might be a great idea, I am willing to bet you will love it
  • Use your talents for things outside of your academic life, maybe get involved with the community
  • Spend time with people whose talents you admire

Academically:

  • Discover the way you learn best whether you’re a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner and use it to your advantage
  • Find where you study best, where you feel most comfy
  • Meet with mentors for advice and inspiration and share it with your friends, share the wealth
  • Pick classes that help you fine tune your current strengths and classes that help you develop new ones
  • Find a job or internship where you can use your maximizer strength and apply your talents, somewhere where people will recognize your abilities

Career:

  • Talk to your mentors about their career planning process, their advice will be much appreciated
  • To avoid frustration pick a workplace with a good reputation, places known for being the best will be places where your talents will shine the brightest
  • Find a job where you can help others realize their own strengths and help them develop and use them to their advantage
  • Interview “the best of the best” and see what they like about their job, how they got there, and what it takes to get there, their bits of wisdom will give you an idea of what it requires to be the best of the best

I guess in my opinion some great career options for maximizers would be coaching, management, mentoring, or teaching.  These are of course just the ones that stick out to me right now, to further explore where your ideal career path lies I would suggest making a pit stop at our office (SCC 22) and make an appointment to talk with a counselor. Maybe even take one of our other assessments, each one complements the other and are full of invaluable information.  I think most maximizers would agree with Steve Prefontaine in the belief that “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”

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