The StrengthsFinder ‘Achiever’

This strength is defined as having stamina and enjoys working hard. This strength enjoys being busy and productive.

When an Achiever wakes up in the morning, they start at zero, and it’s as if they try to accrue as many points throughout the day as they can. Achievers tend to be early risers or night owls burning the candle at both ends.

I call my Achiever, divine restlessness. It pushes me to produce, to work, to do, to finish projects. Every day is about climbing a mountain and getting to the next great peak. (But, Achievers also suffer a whisper of discontent. They’re always on the hunt for the next big thing.) Achievers have an incredible stamina to  work hard. This stamina is not limited to work, it extends to weekends and vacations, as well.

Not surprisingly, Achievers love certifications. They love to know that they have finished something, achieved something, and as soon as they finish one thing, they are onto the next. They love new initiatives. They love new projects.

One thing Achievers must be wary of is not working so hard that they forget to celebrate their successes or to balance their
personal and professional lives. Also, Achievers must watch out for skimping on quality and consistency as they race to the next project. They also should take care to apply this strength to their personal lives, not only their careers.

I have the Achiever strength and, one way in which I have applied this strength to my personal life is in my marriage. In my extended family, literally everyone is divorced. I grew up dreaming that I would be the first person to have a happy, long-term, consummate marriage. The Achiever strength helps me to work hard towards that goal.

Achievers will be even more successful when they remember to drive this strength, not only in their professional lives, but in
relationships with their spouse and kids, as well as with their health and personal development.

Do you know your top 5 strengths?

About the author: Brent O’Bannon coaches individuals, teams, and organizations as the first GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach in the world.  He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and you can learn more at

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