Describe yourself.

As a kid, this was one of the first essays of many to come, where you would describe yourself complete with your likes, dislikes and hobbies. Now, this has been upgraded to terms like your profile, your bio among others. Only this time the focus is on more professional and educational achievements not the individual per se.

While Creating my Life purpose statement, I struggled to answer the question of identifying my unique qualities considering that I hadn’t really paid much attention to things that describe me. I took the easy way out by asking my hubby to help with it; His first quality was that I was organized. That was just so hilarious, I couldn’t help laughing because just thinking of my untidy closet, being organized was the last quality I was expecting.


I knew I had to do this myself at least for myself before asking for external input. So I gave myself the task of identifying thirty (30) qualities that would describe me. Wow! That was a tall order, I knew it but I needed to get as much as I could even if I couldn’t get up to 30.

As I started to think about my assignment in my productive state, ideas started trickling in but I was still struggling to get to 10. I got a breakthrough moment only when I noticed I had written 2 conflicting qualities – unemotional (yes I put that) and empathy, then it hit me!

I have lots of roles I fill and I exhibit different qualities in almost every role. For instance, I am someone’s daughter, someone’s wife, a mum, sister, friend, neighbor, colleague, boss, business partner, teacher, acquaintance and many more – Tosan A.


All these roles bring out all the qualities that would describe Tosan A. Armed with this epiphany, my assignment became a breeze as I churned out over 40 qualities (not repeated) describing me.

Wow! Was I excited! Only one person, over 40 characteristics! I am amazed at God’s awesomeness and detail in creating me. I am excited because I also found out how some not-so-good qualities come in useful and vice versa. So I am heady and insistent which are very useful in getting the best results from my team.


Here’s a cheat sheet on some of the qualities that describe me – Tosan A. I believe it can help someone else who’s also struggling, but remember that there are more than 40 qualities out there so if yours is not on the list, feel free to include it in your list.

  1. Friendly
  2. Determined
  3. Coordinated
  4. Reserved
  5. Cautious
  6. Disciplined
  7. Objective
  8. Humble 
  9. Heady
  10. Playful
  11. Loving
  12. Strict/stern
  13. Respectful
  14. Helpful
  15. Insensitive
  16. Real
  17. Trust-worthy
  18. Steward
  19. Excellence oriented
  20. Empathy
  21. Straight-forward
  22. Pretty
  23. Intelligent
  24. Hardworking
  25. Business-oriented
  26. Christ-like
  27. Courageous
  28. Confident
  29. Funny
  30. Patient
  31. Focused
  32. Outspoken
  33. Responsible
  34. Sensible
  35. Cynical
  36. Generous
  37. Efficient
  38. Detailed
  39. Passionate
  40. Neat
  41. Realistic
  42. Loyal
  43. Mushy/emotional
  44. Impulsive
  45. Punctual
  46. Forgetful
  47. Goofy
  48. Reliable
  49. Resourceful
  50. Punctual
  51. Thoughtful

By the way, my hubby meant to say I was organised at work – wink!

What qualities describe you? Why don’t you take some time, a few minutes, even an hour to think through the things that describe you and show yourself some love.

9 thoughts on “Describe yourself.

  1. This is so true. A friend asked me once to write 100 achievements starting from age 6.
    Believing it will be easy peasy, I set out to start only to get stuck after writing 15 achievements in 1 hour so thanks a lot Tosan, I now know how to go about it. Good job.

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