Get ready to discover your talents. Natural talents* are inborn, and we all have multiple talents.
Your brain comes with a full set of cognitive aptitudes,
it's the unique blend of your high, moderate and low aptitudes and
personality traits that make you a 'natural' at specific things and not so
good at other things.
Following is an introduction to a small sample of aptitudes that are professionally tested by Pathfinders
About 75% of people are tribal, they feel at home as
part of a group. If you identify strongly with a sports team or college
fraternity, you probably have a strong dose of the tribal trait.
Introverted Tribal — the more ingoing tribal
personality type prefers to work alone most
of the day with minimal people interaction. They play their part on a team, quietly behind the scences.
They prefer to follow rather than lead. Often comfortable in a support role in a large corporation or government agency.
Charlie Brown is the classic quiet tribal. Presidents George H.W. Bush, senior, and Gerald Ford both came off as an introverted tribals.
Extroverted Tribal — outgoing tribal personality types are the most common type
in the human species. Almost everything on TV, news and pop culture is communicated
by talkative tribals. The 'in-crowd' mindset. Lucy of the Peanuts comic strip. President George W. Bush, junior, perfectly embodies the extroverted tribal personality, as does Sarah Palin.
About 25% of people are maestros, they are independent-minded mavericks who walk to the
beat of a different drummer. If you feel like an outsider, rarely join groups, etc, and
would rather not collaborate to get the job done, you're probably a bit of a maestro.
Introverted Maestro — the ingoing maestros are the rarest personality type in our species.
We all know them as nerds and geeks, or brainy types. The are often misunderstood, and interestingly, they usually don't care.
They like being different. Linus of Peanuts is an introverted maestro. President Obama's introverted maestro nature isn't suited well for the constant hand-holding demanded by the tribal public.
Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln are in this club too.
Extroverted Maestro — the outgoing maestros among us are also pretty rare, but
definitley more visable. They have a take charge, know-it-all demeanor that gets attention. Many
rise to leadership positions without even trying. Snoopy of Peanuts is an extroverted maestro. Former President Bill Clinton, a classic
extroverted maestro, still captivates people with his knowledge and charismatic ability to communicate. President Ronald
Reagan is in this club, as was Martin Luther King, Jr.
About 50% of men and 25% of women are strong in the spatial ability, the rest of us are either tangible or non-spatial . . .
Spatial ability — a strong aptitude for thinking in 3D, the ability to transform and rotate a 2D image and
visualize it (in your mind's eye) in three dimensions without physically touching the object.
Tangible ability — a moderate ability for 3D thinking
Non-spatial ability — a strong aptitude
for working with ideas, data and information, rather than physical things.
Everyone has all four personality traits, it's a matter of degree . . .
Intuitive (N) — ability to see and understand the world largely in terms of
what's possible, seeker, inspiration junkie, brilliant at dreaming up new stuff. Deep,
poetic, head in the clouds; global-minded.
Sensor (S) — ability to see and understand the world largely in terms
of what is, conventional, pleasure 'now' junkie, brilliant at getting
things done. Literal, feet on the ground; local-minded.
Feeler (F) — decisions are more personal, based on inner likes and
dislikes; subjective opinions and preferences, empathetic outlook. Concern for being tactful, caring.
Thinker (T) — decisions are more logical, based on external truths
and objective evidence; level, fair-minded outlook. Concern for being precise, factual.
Your natural talent profile is a unique combination of aptitudes and personsality traits. The number of talent combinations is infinite. The mix and pattern of your inborn talents is largely hard-wired, so the road to success is to do what you do best and build on your natural strengths.
Is Pathfinders' career test among the best? Unlike skills and interests, it's very difficult to accurately self-assess your inborn abilities. There are only a few organizations in the world who have the technology to professionally measure your natural talent profile.
Pathfinders is based in the Washington DC-area and has helped thousands of people worldwide discover their talents. Pathfinders' senior career consultant, Anthony Spadafore, is a leader in the field of career aptitude testing and interpreting natural talent profiles.
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