MAPS: WHAT IS IT?
I am reading this book, and in it they take political swing at a particular person and they jokingly say that “such and such a person’s plan worked about as well as the tests high school guidance counselors give to determine your career”. The insinuation was clear, not very good. I started to wonder, why don’t those test work? When I took that test I ended up between a librarian and Trash delivery man. Yet I have an IQ of over 125, will be completing my master’s in January-February and I am not working int he field they suggested, nor am I working in the field that I thought I wanted to! Surprise, surprise!
I asked Mike Adam’s why he thought that test doesn’t work effectively, thinking he would say something along the lines of my thinking, “oh you know, kids don’t really know what they want; they change their mind every few minutes about things…” etc. Anyone reading this probably thought similar thoughts. But he said, “Those tests ask the wrong questions, they ask, “what do you like”, not “who are you”.”
Do people change their mind, yes, but do people change very much; not usually. Changing who you are is significantly more difficult (if not impossible) than to change likes and dis-likes. We are who we are, we are independent, or dependent (usually) by nature. We are extroverted or introverted. Some people are excellent at speaking to people and drawing the best out of them. Others are so very good at research and development. Others still have a way with just ‘seeing’ how the future could be, and then articulating that to others. These are called strengths. How these strengths are applied, or denied, in the workforce, relationships, families or community; that is dependent on the person who holds those strengths.
MAPS tests the whole person. The four main tests look not just at likes and preferences, but at the whole person, the DNA if you will, of a person’s life. We are very different and unique people with different strengths and abilities. Part of the journey is discovering what those strengths are, and then learning how to not only apply your own strengths, but also to learn how to work with others within their range of strengths.
MAPS is a way to articulate your strengths and help you develop the best plan for your own life. It isn’t about what I tell you, it isn’t about what your parents told you (or didn’t tell you), it isn’t even about what you think you know about yourself; it is about how you act upon those things. It is about what you do. MAPS is a way to verbalize your strengths, and then helps you develop a game plan to achieve your goals and live the best possible version of you.
“Be all that you can be”. A statement the Army uses to inspire, motivate and push young recruits to higher levels of excellence and performance. Being the fullest version of yourself is achievable, and MAPS will show you how. This isn’t about putting you in a box, or trapping you into something you’re not going to like. It is about freeing your mind to live as you were intended to live, and to accomplish your greatest measure of success in life, with the greatest amount of happiness and fulfillment.