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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Take the “How Well Do You Know Yourself?” Quiz

Without question, you’re the world’s best expert on you. But how much accurate knowledge backs up that expertise? Here’s a short quiz to find out.

People are fond of saying, “I think I know myself pretty well.” But do you? I can say categorically that there’s one area where very few people have much in-depth self-awareness—their giftedness. Most people don’t know what their giftedness is, except perhaps at a very rudimentary level.

“I’m a people person,” they’ll say. “I’m pretty good with numbers.” Okay, fine. That’s a start. But compared to what one could know about how one is designed to function, that’s barely a step in the right direction.

Here’s a short quiz to assess how well you really know yourself, and particularly your giftedness, especially as it relates to your work. See how you stack up.

How Well Do You Know Yourself?*

The best indicator of how well you know your giftedness is that you can use it to predict ahead of time what will happen if you place yourself in a given set of circumstances.

Instructions: For each question below, rate how well you think you can answer that question, using the following scale:

1 2 3 4 5

  • If you take a certain job, given the realities of that job, do you know where you’re going to thrive and where you’re just going to survive?

  • If you’re placed on a team, do you know which role would be best for you on that team? Do you know how you instinctively will try to relate to the other people on that team? Can you predict whom you will most easily clash with, based on how you’re wired?

  • Do you know who you need around you to be most effective (i.e., what kinds of giftedness you need to complement yours)? Do you know whom you can be most useful to (i.e., what kinds of giftedness yours can best complement)?

  • Do you know how long you’re liable to stay motivated on a given assignment? Will you know the signals that your interest and motivation for it are starting to wane?

  • Would you know whether an assignment or role definitely does not have your name on it?

  • Do you know what kind of supervision or management is ideal for you?

  • Do you know how you would oversee other people? Do you know whether you have any motivation to oversee other people?

  • Do you know the ideal working conditions for you to do your best stuff?

  • Do you know how you prefer to communicate to other people? Do you know whether you even prefer to communicate to other people?

  • Do you know how you try to influence other people? Do you know whether you even care to influence other people?

  • Do you know what the “content” of your job should be? Should you work with numbers? Money? Groups of people? Individuals? Experts? Concepts? Transactions? Problems? Needs? Crises? Learners? Animals?

  • Do you know what drives your behavior, the motivational “payoff” that you instinctively seek? Is it really to “make money”? Or is it to meet a challenge? Or meet a need? Or come out on top? Or take down the bad guys? Or gain understanding? Or make a difference? Or be heard? Or get a deal done? Or conceivably make money grow? Or what?


54-60 Congratulations! You appear to have an excellent understanding of your giftedness.
44-53 You know your giftedness reasonably well, but need some clarification.
31-43 You have a bit of insight into your giftedness, but not enough to make key decisions. 
12-30 You have no real understanding of your giftedness and are at significant risk as a result.

*From The Person Called YOU: Why You’re Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life, by Bill Hendricks (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014)

If you scored pretty well, great! Send me a note and tell me about yourself, so I can celebrate with you for knowing these vital insights.

Didn’t do so well? You have lots of company. But there’s no  need to stay in the dark! Check out my new book, The Person called YOU: Why You’re Here, Why You Matter & What You Should Do With Your Life. It’s all about understanding and figuring out how you were made, and the difference that makes for your work and relationships.

Question: If it’s true that most people don’t know themselves very well, why do you think they let it go at that instead of seeking to find out more about who they are?

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  1. I really enjoyed the test. It really showed me how little I know about myself. Thanks Bill!!

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  2. I scored worse than I thought I would. Many of the questions I had not considered enough, and some not at all! I'm currently at a crossroads in my life and feel like I've been standing here for 2-3 years now, not know what to do. I think I've been locked into a 'plan' for so long, that now I don't know who I am anymore. I've just been going along with the 'plan' for this whole time thinking it will works itself out, but it's not, or not completely I should say. I'm gonna try to give this book a shot. Thank you, and God bless.

  3. Just ordered the book. The test made an impact on me.

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    Before going to college I encouraged my son to discover his design. Like so many young people today it's about making a claim in the world, financially. Outside of our Lord's provision and plan for our is a roll of the dice.

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