What is the DISC Profile Test

One of things I thought I would do in my job search is take the DISC Profile Test.

A DISC Profile test basically helps you determine what careers might be the best fit based on your personality. The DISC Profile is broken up into four pieces.

  • Dominance – Person places emphasis on accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
  • Influence – Person places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, openness, relationship
  • Steadiness – Person places emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, dependability
  • Conscientiousness – Person places emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, competency.

The test I like to use is on Tony Robbins‘ website.

 My DISC Results

disc profileI scored really high for S and C, which basically means I’m highly introverted. (Now lets not just assume that because I’m introverted I don’t like to leave the house, etc)

Tony Robbins also has a Values Index Test, which said I placed Economic and Individualistic Values over Theoretical, Aesthetic, Regulatory, Political and Altruistic.

The Value Index helps determine your motivators and drivers, which also helps in choosing the right career.

Both of these tests will help you determine what area you should start looking if you’re in the same position I was in.

My Results

My best matches for careers were

careers for disc profileC – Style

  • Accounting/Auditing
  • Engineering
  • Research/Development
  • Quality Assurance/Safety
  • Architecture
  • Computer Programming

S – Style

  • Finance/Economics
  • Human Resources
  • Administration/Support Services
  • Retail – Customer Service
  • Manufacturing

As you can see sales was not one of them and if you take a quick look at the DISC results you’ll see I scored the lowest in that category.

I do think sales can be learned, but sometimes you do hit a ceiling with certain skills, which means you may have to ask yourself, “can I take this further? am I satisfied with this? or should I consider another career?”

Regardless of what your answers were to those questions I would say your success will be the result of passion and talent.

Why I Changed My Career Path

career changeFor some any job will do while others, like myself, want something more. Something that’s challenging, something that pushes one to want to be the best, something to look forward to each day, week, month, etc. Something that can not be expressed with words, but only with a sense of pride or satisfaction. Something that isn’t tangible, but is felt in your heart. And to get to that destination I think is a combination of talent and passion that helps someone achieve their goal.

Sometimes it takes several turns to get there, but if you’re persistant and listen with your heart you will get there…it just takes time. Maybe more time than you would like it to take, but it does happen and in the end when the dust settles and you look back you realize all of that struggle, dues paid and anguish don’t matter any more because you’re here…you’re where you want to be and now you can enjoy your reward.

About Six Months Ago

minnesota realtorsLast October (2014) I decided to throw in the towel as a Realtor and a lot of it had to do with the interactions I had with prospective and current clients. Part of it was burnout, but a big part of it had to do with how I was treated. I was tired of how consumers would react when I would call to see what their plans were for buying/selling a home and tired of how clients would sometimes turn on me because they couldn’t handle the stress of buying/selling a home.

Initially I thought maybe there was something I needed to work on and started reading articles, going to seminars and paying for subscriptions to educational material…anything that I thought might help me do a better job, but in the end it wasn’t that I needed to improve it was that this job…this role of Realtor just wasn’t the right fit for me.

And that can be a tough pill to swallow when you’ve put in so much time, energy and money into something you want to be a success at. But somewhere along the line you do have to take stock in the situation and ask yourself, “is this really the right fit for me?”

For me, it wasn’t. It was time to move on and I can remember exactly what I was doing that day and the interaction I had with someone that helped me finally decide it was time to close the chapter.

What I’m Doing Now

currency tradingI still have an interest in Real Estate, but as an Investor, which has always been a better fit than being someone’s Realtor. But investing in Real Estate will be taking a back seat while I work on my career as a Currency Trader and then eventually building out my Trading Career to include other securities as well.

In the mean time I hope you come back for another visit because I still have a few things to say about the past six months.