How the World Sees You | Haymarket Gainesville Senior Photographer
I recently read the book How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead that allows you to discover your highest value through the science of fascination. I took the Fascination Advantage online assessment (a code is provided in the book). Unlike personality tests like the Myers-Briggs that reveal personality traits about yourself, How the World Sees You tells you how you can best fascinate others! The book is an interesting read and the results have had me really thinking about not only my business, but also about my relationships and what value I bring to the table.
The test revealed that I am "The Good Citizen" (Principled, Prepared, Conscientious). It has helped me to be more patient with myself and give myself more grace when I seem to fall short in a certain area of my business. For example, my dormant advantage is POWER which basically means that I don't like dominating people or controlling them. I am quite comfortable working in the background without needing any glory or having to lead. However, when you're a business owner, there will be times when you have to take the leadership role and be in front. In fact, you have to do this often and it causes me to use up a lot of energy when I have to play that role. It's downright draining!
How does understanding this about myself make me a better business person you might ask? Once I learn where my weak areas are, I can compensate by perhaps hiring an employee that has traits that are different from my own to help balance me out. The Fascination Assessment lets you know what your advantages are when it comes to fascinating others. The goal then is to use these Advantages in your career or life to help you create a more authentic brand that is truly reflective of who you are as a person. The book describes it better by saying,
"You'll be able to confidently and authentically communicate, based on your natural personality advantages. To become more successful, you don't have to change who you are. You have to become more of who you are. HOW THE WORLD SEES YOU reveals who you are at your best, so you can create better relationships, grow your business, and become intensely valuable to those who matter most."
This has been a worthwhile endeavor and I highly recommend it! You can visit their site here at How the World Sees You. I received absolutely no compensation to discuss this book. I can assure you that they don't know that I exist :)
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