Section 2: Self-Assessments
I believe that every person is made in the image of God, but is also made uniquely.
Think about this: God not only loves you but he likes you. He likes to be with you. He likes to hang out with you. He knows you inside out. Nothing about you is hidden from Him.
My goal now is for you to thoroughly understand who you are. To this purpose, we will turn to some free online assessments but we will also be opening the pages of the Bible to help you better understand yourself.
As we get going in business, we come to understand our own strengths and weaknesses.
If you find yourself operating your business by yourself, you have to do everything, at least until you get to the point where you can hire help. But if you’re a part of a team, I believe you should be operating by what is called the Strengths Theory – having each member of the team working on their areas of strength so that the combination is super strong.
In order to offer an advantage to the world, you have to be superior at something. Strengths Theory says that if you work on your weaknesses, you can never rise above the level of mediocrity because your strengths don’t have the time or training to get stronger, and your weaknesses will only become average. And that’s no way to dominate your industry—being average at everything.
For example, I’m not great at technology. I struggle with it and often find it difficult to understand the concepts. I’m an excellent entrepreneur and teacher. If I was to take the next year and try to improve my skills in technology so that I could run a better company, my skills in technology would only become average and it would not lead me to gain any advantage in the marketplace.
In fact, the time I would have to divert to technology would be an “opportunity cost” to developing even more as a teacher. So, I would be a double-loser and I would rob the marketplace of my ability to serve at a higher level.
Recognizing this, I am satisfied with my basic understanding of technology and I hire others who are true professionals to take care of that so that I can focus on teaching and course creation. The result is a superior product that is helpful and useful to many people.
These tests also help us to know who we are so that we can avoid, if possible, going into a career that will only frustrate us. For example, knowing that I’m a creative, entrepreneurial type who loves a challenge and a constantly changing environment, I would be unwise to accept a job as a telemarketer for an organization because I’d be forced to sit at a desk all day, day after day, following a script.
I would only want to do that if my situation was desperate and I needed the money to survive. But it would not work for me very well in the long-term.
When you get your results for each test, save the links that the site gives you to a file. Send the collection of 4 links of your results (NOT the links to the test questions) to your teacher so that they can get to know you better. Note that you are not required to give your name or email address to the website but it will ask you to fill in your basic information (gender, age, country, etc.) to improve the developers’ research. It’s okay to do that.
Copy and paste the text and images of each of your tests and save them to a file. You will need to access these for your follow up assignment.
There are four tests that I want you to take for this course so that you can better understand yourself—the DISC Personality Test, Career Values Test, Team Roles Test, and Personality Test (different from the DISC test). Each of these tests will be taken online from www.123test.com with their permission. Each test will take you anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes and your results will be given to you instantly.
Do not try to outguess the test and don’t spend too much time debating your answers. It’s best in these types of test to make snap decisions. Sometimes the choices of the answers are so hard to choose from because any of the answers might be correct for you. Just go with your intuition and try to answer a question in less than 5 or 10 seconds.
Final note: the results of the tests are not 100% accurate. However, they are indicative of your personality. If you don’t agree with something in the test results, it might be good to ask someone who knows you well, “Does this seem accurate to you?” They might agree with the test and you’ll learn more about yourself or how others see you from their perspective. That’s always interesting to know.