That makes me happy because, just like America, independence is one of my most cherished values. Even when I worked for other people, I found leaders and roles that provided autonomy. That often meant working on less glamorous or visible projects because glamor and visibility come with scrutiny.
I learned early on that by staying off the radar, I gained independence. I was the kid who did my homework when I came home from school and handed assignments in on time. As a result, my parents and teachers trusted me and left me on my own.
But to say I did those things simply as a means to an end isn’t the whole story. The truth is, I’m wired that way. I need to finish my work before I play. For me, it’s the natural order which is why I wasn’t surprised to learn two of my top 5 CliftonStrengths are Discipline (coming in at #5) and Responsibility, in the top spot.