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Exploring the Colorado Career Advising Tool: Explore Your Top Motivators

Tracy Stegall April 19, 2024

Explore your top Motivators in more detail.

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Top Motivators

Expand your top two Motivators from the list and watch the respective videos. These videos can also be found on the IndigoPathway Results page. You can watch them in either place and return here when finished to read the text and consider the questions below the video in each section.

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Desire for form, harmony, balance, or beauty.

High Aesthetics want to be in an environment that well suits them. If the environment feels off, it affects their ability to perform in school or in the workplace. Physically visiting prospective postgraduate schools or workplaces is critically important for High Aesthetics.

Some Aesthetics desire the opportunity to create their own expression of harmony and balance through a specific art medium. If you are a High Aesthetic, think about how you express yourself artistically and how you can incorporate it into your life, education, or career.

Consider a few of the following questions:

    • What kind of environments do you enjoy?
    • What environments make you uncomfortable?
    • What sort of environment do you want to live in in the future?
    • How do you like to express yourself creatively?
    • When you feel most like your authentic or true self, what are you doing? Where are you?
    • What are you sensitive to (crowds, noise, colors, people being OK, stress, etc.)?
    • Do you have an outlet for your artistic pursuits?


Desire for independence, visibility, rank, or power.

People who score high in Individualistic seek opportunities where they have control over projects and receive recognition for good performance. These opportunities range from joining clubs focused on public speaking, such as Toastmasters, to starting their own business ventures. If you identify as a High Individualistic person, actively seek out situations where you have a sense of control and where your performance is evaluated based on results rather than just participation.

Importantly, passionate Individualistics should have choices in their future career. They prefer the option between two or more choices, instead of being told what to do. “Because I said so” is a huge negative trigger.

Consider a few of the following questions:

    • What do you want to be known or recognized for?
    • How do you maintain independence or control of your own destiny?
    • What kind of leadership roles do you like?
    • What kind of rewards do you prefer?
    • Does your life allow you the freedom you desire?
    • If you could do anything, what would that look like?
    • Have you considered starting your own business or becoming an entrepreneur?

Desire to help others or solve society’s problems.
High Socials want to find ways to give back to their community. They should determine where they want to give back (work with people, volunteer, join a community advisory council) and how they can make a difference in that area.
Passionate Socials’ core life question is typically, “What is my cause?”. It’s OK if you don’t know your cause yet; start by helping people and working with organizations that solve social problems that interest you. Resonant social causes are often in areas where you have experienced personal pain. Don’t be afraid to heal yourself, and then go back to help heal others in the same situation.

Consider a few of the following questions:

    • What is your cause?
    • To what issue do you want to give your time?
    • What injustice makes you angry?
    • What do you want to fight for?
    • How do you want to make a difference?
    • How can you use your education to gain the skills to make a difference in the world?

Desire to learn for the sake of knowledge.
High Theoreticals love learning-oriented challenges – anything where they are required to learn a new skill. Some Theoreticals want to go deep on a handful of subjects, while others will want to learn a bit about everything. Many Theoreticals seek Masters or Doctoral degrees.
If you are a High Theoretical, understand the way you approach learning, and look for challenges and opportunities that will push you to go deeper. When looking at career options, seek out opportunities for continuous learning and intellectual growth. Friends who are interested in similar topics will be stimulating and exciting, so seek them out!

Consider a few of the following questions:

    • How do you like to learn?
    • What topics excite you?
    • What do you want to learn about that relates to your other top Motivator?
    • What was your favorite learning experience, project, or assignment?
    • Are there opportunities to learn everything you are interested in?


Desire to live by a personal set of principles, standards, or beliefs.

Passionate Traditionals’ belief systems serve as the north star in their lives. High Traditionals crave environments where their beliefs are acknowledged and respected. They do not necessarily need everyone to share their beliefs — but acknowledgement and respect are crucial for building a healthy relationship.

You will enjoy having a group of likeminded people who share your particular belief system. Whether it is a culture, religion, or way of thinking, look for organizations where you can meet these people. Keep in mind that Low Traditionals might not understand why you feel so strongly in certain areas. Look for employers that align with or value your way of living.

Consider a few of the following questions:

    • What are your guiding principles?
    • Where do your traditional values come from? Family? Faith? Culture? Something else?
    • What are your personal rules for living? This might be a list of “shoulds” or things you believe and hold yourself accountable to.
    • Have you looked into cultural or religious groups that will meet your needs?
    • Does your work/ school reflect and honor your values?

Desire for a return on investment of time, energy or money.
High Utilitarians are individuals who seek practical returns on their investments, and Passionate Utilitarians are individuals who prioritize being around people and companies that are efficient and value return on investment (ROI). Being part of a supportive network of like-minded individuals can provide opportunities for sharing ideas and strategies to achieve your goals.
As a High Utilitarian, you likely view earning money as a motivator. Focus on achieving tangible results rather than just going through the motions of a task or project. Be strategic in your approach and measure your success based on the actual outcomes you achieve.

Consider a few of the following questions:

    • What role does money play in your decisions?
    • What kind of rewards do you prefer?
    • How do you strive for more efficiency and productivity in your life?
    • How do you drive towards tangible, practical results?
    • How do you maintain a work-life balance while pursuing your goals and striving for maximum returns on investment?

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