Ancestry, astrology, numerology, and handwriting analysis
The name Watson is a sept (English word for a division of a family) of the Clan Buchanan. Clan origin: 1225 grant of lands on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond to clergyman Sir Absalon of Buchanan by the Earl of Lennox. The clan tartan:
Maternal: France & Germany
You consider yourself a skeptic. You value science, logic, reason and fact more than the spiritual unknown. But you also acknowledge the fact that as humans, we don't necessarily have the power to claim that we have all the answers and explanations.
People like you who are always questioning the norm, and searching outside the realm of what we know are usually successful innovators. You push the boundaries of what people claim to know and open people's eyes to other possibilities whether they are scientific or not.
According to the StrengthsFinder test, these are Jim Watson's strengths
From the book Now, Discover your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton. I found these results to be very affirming to my identity - that of being a positive ideator, learner, relator, and activator. The explanations of each item are taken directly from the StrengthsFinder Report.
You are fascinated by ideas, concepts. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.
You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to incompetence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered - this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences - yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the 'getting there.'
You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. Some call you lighthearted. Others just wish that their glass were as full as yours seems to be. But either way, people want to be around you. Their world looks better around you because your enthusiasm is contagious. Lacking your energy and optimism, some find their world drab with repetition or, worse, heavy with pressure. You seem to find a way to lighten their spirit. You inject drama into every project. You celebrate every achievement. You find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital. Some cynics may reject your energy, but you are rarely dragged down. Your Positivity won't allow it. Somehow you can't quite escape your conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter what the setbacks, one must never lose one's sense of humor.
Relator describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms, the Relator theme pulls you toward people you already know. You do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people - in fact, you may have other themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends - but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being around your close friends. You are comfortable with intimacy. Once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk - you might be taken advantage of - but you are willing to accept that risk. For you a relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each of you proves your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real friendship, and you take them willingly.
"When can we start?" This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action. You may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down you know that only action is real. Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act. Others may worry that "there are still some things we don't know," but this doesn't seem to slow you. If the decision has been made to go across town, you know that the fastest way to get there is to go stoplight to stoplight. You are not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green. Besides, in your view, action and thinking are not opposites. In fact, guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. This learning informs your next action and your next. How can you grow if you have nothing to react to? Well, you believe you can't. You must put yourself out there. You must take the next step. It is the only way to keep your thinking fresh and informed. The bottom line is this: You know you will be judged not by what you say, not by what you think, but by what you get done. This does not frighten you. It pleases you.
I noticed this upper section of the staircase had been installed upside down. The top and bottom risers were the wrong dimensions - causing a tripping hazard. The fix was simple - drop that section, flip it over, raise it into place and reattach the 4 bolts. I wrote the Parks Department with pix and rationale. The staircase was corrected the next day.
Some common traits of one born in the sign of Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Leo's great need is to create. Creativity is one of Leo's keywords, and Leos have the vitality and ambition to be successful in their creative endeavors. Leos are especially prominent on stage and in Hollywood, as their natural ability to act and their flamboyance and love of attention make them naturals at fame. Additionally, Leos love romance, and take pride in their warm hospitality. Leo rules the fifth House (the House of Pleasure) which besides romance and children also involves gambling. Many Leos love to gamble, and may be brash and extravagant at the gaming table. They see it as their natural due when casinos treat them as royalty! Pleasure is important to people born under Leo, and they like to spend money to feel good. At their extreme, some Leos can be vain and childish or overbearing in their reactions, but generally they're happy so long as they are comfortable.
In their leisure time, Leos prefer to play in groups rather than solo. They are too gregarious to enjoy solitary running or weight lifting, and they much prefer team sports or group exercise. In love relationships, Leo tops the charts in almost every area, from devotion to romance.
Symbol: Lion. The Lion is the King of Beasts, and Leos enjoy being treated as the kings and queens of the Zodiac. Like the Lion, Leos have great physical strength and stamina. They tend to be opinionated, but they have a strong ability to see their projects through to the end. Leos may be arrogant or egotistical, but they are good organizers and tend to be popular and even inspiring. Despite their tendency to patronizingly interfere in others' plans, they are leaders, confident and dignified.
Color: Yellow, gold
Ruler: Sun. In ancient times, the Sun was believed to be the center of the Universe, the core of existence, the Father. Today, the Sun is important because it generates warmth and keeps life on Earth moving. Leos, too, sometimes feel they are the center of the universe, and sometimes they are! They are gregarious and social, fun-loving, and live life with enthusiasm. Despite their tendency toward bossiness and pretentiousness, the natural leadership of people born under Leo and their administrative prowess helps ensure that their projects are successful. As leaders, Leos are decisive and direct, optimistic that they will succeed. Sometimes they exaggerate problems and overreact to stumbling blocks, but generally they are positive and their natural pride and stubborn streak keep them from giving up. They can be demanding leaders, but they are also generous.
Element: Fire. Fire Signs are physical: they tend to respond to the world through action, rather than practicality, intellect, or emotion. Leos jump headfirst into life, without worrying whether their latest goal is realistic or practical. For them, everything about life is Big with a capital B, and if drama and courage is required to do what they want to do, they have both in abundance. Like Fire, Leos are always moving and quick, and their warm-hearted and outgoing personalities are similarly fiery. They tend to seek power more than other Signs, and because of this people sometimes feel they are obnoxious, boastful, self-centered, or rude. But despite their sometimes hotheaded or cutting response, Leos are cheerful and self-assured, sometimes to the point of living in a fantasy world. They are always happy as long as someone is paying attention to them!
Traits: courage, charisma, strong-willed, magnetism, leader, dignity, self-assured, dedication, hardworking, high standard of excellence, finesse, elegance, excellent taste, tact, diplomacy, even-tempered, great communicator, well-balanced, diplomat, mediator, just and fair, desire for adventure, passion
Strengths: ambitious, courageous, creative, faithful, generous, honorable, humorous, open-minded, organized, powerful, self-aware, resolute
The great strength of the Leo-born is in their creativity and generosity with others. Sometimes these two can combine, resulting in thoughtful gifts or unique solutions to problems.
Famous Leos: Louis Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, Napoleon Bonaparte, Amelia Earhart, Alfred Hitchcock, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna, Robert Redford, George Bernard Shaw, Martha Stewart, Andy Warhol.
Celebrities born on July 27: Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Maureen McGovern; Peggy Fleming; Jerry Van Dyke; Norman Lear
People around you think that you are fresh, vivid, charming, fun person who is realistic and always joyful. You are a person who always attracts people’s attention but you are never impertinent that you know how to be modest. You are recognized as a warm hearted, kind and considerate person. You are known to cheer up your friends when they are blue and help others when there are any hardships.
You are a charismatic leader who likes to create at the highest level. (From personality.com)
The Ultimate People Person
It is most essential that you recognize that you are a charismatic leader who loves to achieve at the highest level. Your creativity is getting other people to do what you want or envision. You are a realistic "Pied Piper" that everyone follows. If you are on a team or doing a project, you are the spontaneous motivator and communication leader. Everyone knows and recognizes your energetic and enthusiastic direction. Your networking with others reaches far and wide.
Your manner is always extremely positive and confident. When everyone else is feeling discouraged, you provide an individual and group spark that rekindles inspiration and rejuvenates excitement to continue forward. Your threshold for positive leadership is extremely high. In fact, the worse the situation, the more you thrive on it. Above all else, you love to interact with people. It doesn't matter how many people there are or at what level you're communicating, you do it effortlessly. Conversation has been extremely natural to you your whole life. If you're isolated from people for a long period of time, your energy's focus seems to become depressed.
The time when your energy's focus doesn't become depressed in isolation is when you are positively engaged in creative, optional and strategic thinking. It's here that your intuitive and analogical thinking process combines with some factual and logical thoughts to give you a new, holistic perspective on what you're doing or planning to do. When you share these conclusions with others, they usually are amazed at how you developed these dynamic missions and/or strategies. When you are presenting or explaining something that has been developed, your presence makes each person feel that you are personally addressing his/her individual needs.
Interacting with People
When you walk down a corridor or a street, you're always greeting or stopping to talk to someone. People just love to talk with you about anything. That's because the positive energy that you give off during conversations develops an instant bond with everyone. You have a wonderful sense of humor. When people are with you, they smile and laugh a lot. You're naturally funny and entertaining - your humor and ways of communicating are constantly creating situations that relax and motivate other people. Even if you're not knowledgeable about a subject area under discussion, you come across as smooth and intelligent. It doesn't matter what conversations others are having or what topics they're discussing, you can join in without missing a beat. That's because you intuitively know people and what turns them on.
Your Learning Style
Conversations and dialogs provide you with the opportunity to learn best. It's during this repartee that you're able to ask any type of question: logical, analogical or just odd ones to serve your curiosity. One of the best ways for you to learn and to be motivated is to belong to a study group, particularly one that has members who are focused on the objectives and deadlines. The process of studying with these groups can provide you with the focus and needed detail to study and learn effectively.
Getting the Job Done
You usually don't like doing the details or grunt work yourself. In fact, you'll try to get others to do it for you. But, when that ploy doesn't work and you have to do it alone to meet a deadline, you'll concentrate, focus and finish what needs to be done. But, that's only after you've procrastinated until the last-minute. Then, when the tasks or project are completed, you'll want to celebrate this successful achievement with others!
You don't like to focus on details or facts without being shown the complete picture. A boring and stiff supervisor creates motivational problems for you. You are an extremely active person, moving quickly from one person to another, one group of people to another or from one task to another. You must always be moving, motivating and/or talking. That is why your favorite way of achieving things is through direct dialog. You innately organize others and when push comes to shove, you can keep them focused and working by relating to them in many different positive ways.
The Myers-Briggs personality test results
Jim is an ENTJ (extraversion, intuition, thinking, judgment), one of sixteen personality types from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, developed from the work of psychiatrist Carl G. Jung. ENTJs are among the rarest of types, accounting for 2–5% of males formally tested and 1-3% of females.
Traits of ENTJs
Self-driven, motivating, energetic, assertive, confident, and competitive. They generally take a big-picture view and build a long-term strategy. They typically know what they want and may mobilize others to help them attain their goals. They are often sought out as leaders due to an innate ability to direct groups of people. Unusually influential and organized, they may sometimes judge others by their own tough standards, failing to take personal needs into account.
They focus on the most efficient and organized means of performing a task. This quality, along with their goal orientation, often makes ENTJs superior leaders, both realistic and visionary in implementing a long-term plan. Fiercely independent in their decision making, having a strong will that insulates them against external influence. Generally highly competent, ENTJs analyze and structure the world around them in a logical and rational way. Due to this straightforward way of thinking, ENTJs tend to have the greatest difficulty of all the types in applying subjective considerations and emotional values into the decision-making process.
They are dynamic and pragmatic problem solvers. They tend to have a high degree of confidence in their own abilities, making them assertive and outspoken. In their dealings with others, they are generally outgoing, charismatic, fair-minded, and unaffected by conflict or criticism. However, these qualities can make them appear arrogant, insensitive, and confrontational. They can overwhelm others with their energy and desire to order the world according to their own vision. As a result, they may seem intimidating, hasty, and controlling.
They often end up taking charge of a situation that seems (in their mind, at least) to be out of control, or that can otherwise be improved upon and strengthened. They strive to learn new things, which helps them become resourceful problem-solvers. However, since they rely on provable facts, they may find subjective issues pointless. They appear to take a tough approach to emotional or personal issues, and so can be viewed as aloof and insensitive.
Some famous ENTJs
• Napoleon Bonaparte, General and emperor of France
• Julius Caesar, General and dictator of Rome, adoptive father of Augustus
• Aristotle, Greek philosopher, student of Plato, mentor of Alexander
• Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft along with Paul Allen
• Carl Sagan, Astrophysicist
• Dick Cheney, US Vice President
• Rush Limbaugh, Conservative radio talk show host
• Jack Welch, Management theorist and CEO of General Electric
• David Letterman, Talk show host
• George Clooney, Actor and filmmaker
• Matt Damon, Actor
• Penn Jillette, Entertainer, partner of Teller
• Katharine Hepburn, Actress
Analysis of handwriting
Jim appears to be a moderately energetic person. He is curious and enjoys uncovering new information. He is very logical and excels in rational problem solving, continuity of ideas, and follow-through. He has carefully cultivated his sense of taste and exercises good judgment in aesthetic matters.
Day of birth
Courageous. More than many, you have the capacity to be connected to the wisdom of the heart. Your strong leadership ability allows you to inspire others through your tremendous passion and curious nature. You live your life authentically, in a very courageous way.
People tend to notice you, for you are very charismatic. A powerful thinker with a fertile imagination, you have the ability to take ideas and concepts and put them into useful, constructive form. You need time alone to dream these visions. With your fortitude you can seize opportunities to create original approaches to timeworn challenges.
You have a strong need to be surrounded by beauty and culture. Nature, art, and music nourish your soul so that you may, in turn, nourish others.
Career: Educator, counselor, administrator, entrepreneur, artist, musical conductor.
Last-borns are the entertainers and spotlight-seekers. Some of history's greatest satirists - Swift, Voltaire, Franklin, Twain - were born at or near the tail end of large families. 20th-century comedians Charlie Chaplin, Oliver Hardy, Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Stephen Colbert are last-borns. Last-borns are also more likely to be pranksters and risk-takers; they are overrepresented among the ranks of explorers, entrepreneurs, firemen, and fighter pilots. Last-borns are said to be charming, affectionate, spontaneous, mischievous, and - because the baby of the family tends to get infantilized - pampered, temperamental, irresponsible, and manipulative.
Mystical numbers from Jim's name
Number 4: Freely give their loyalty and in so doing attract the same from others; pleasant easy going personality often hides their adept business acumen and a sixth sense which helps overcome obstacles the encounter; likely to be successful professionals that appreciate what their hard work brings them.
The number 4 has always been good to me.
Number 7: Spirituality, Wisdom and Success - an odd mix of creativity, intellectual knowledge and receptivity. Traits: usually trusted friends; valuable employees; vibrant, out-going personalities; like to know everything about everything; and sometimes intrusive with their questions.
Number 11: Power, Success and Adventure. Traits: deep thinkers; sometimes avoid sharing their thoughts; see big pictures, but rarely want to be bogged down in details; almost always on the go, mentally and physically; and can suffocate in a mundane work environment.
Master Numerologist, Roy Kirkland's numerology
Life Path: 22
You are an optimistic individual who has the rare capability to manifest your higher ideals into reality. You are blessed with the ability to realize even the most far-fetched and seemingly impossible ideas. You are a clear communicator and eloquent with words.
You are natural born leader and others willingly follow your direction. Usually you are attractive in appearance.
You are brilliant, inventive and above average intelligence. Others find you to be charismatic and inspirational and your life is often filled with appreciative employees and friends. Your very presence is reassuring and comforting to others and many seek out your advice and wise words. Many 22's become recognized sages and spiritual gurus by the end of their life.
You also make an exceptional parent, teacher, counselor and spouse. Perhaps the only thing you may not excel at is being a follower.
You are also very emotionally balanced and a guardian of all that is harmonious and beautiful in life. As you are a great lover of art, you may also serve as a patron to artists, poets or musicians.
As you are also considered to be an enlightened number, you will also be very charitable and philanthropic during your lifetime. Many charities and organizations will benefit from your wealth, as will your relatives, friends and family.
Despite your achievement, you will also be much beloved simply because you are such a humble individual.
Your exceptional intelligence and ability to spend hours by yourself was probably noticed when you were a young child. As an adult your probably still spend a great deal of time alone in the world of your incredible imagination. Your verbal and written skills are excellent and you have a keen analytical mind. Your brilliance often allows you to achieve scholastic excellence. You could be a great teacher, inventor, scientist or artist.
Sometimes your curiosity leads you down taboo or forbidden paths. As you were so smart as a child you may have been left out of normal social groups. This makes you more vulnerable than other numbers to joining a cult or being influenced by a religious leader.
Many elevens are so eccentric that they can't hold down a job. In most of these cases however they seem to find someone to take care of them so they can pursue their mental and creative interests.
You have the potential to thrive in the business world but you probably prefer a more unconventional lifestyle that gives you the room to explore your various interests. Travel and history are two subjects that greatly interest you.
Favorite colors and meanings
Grey You are cool and composed, and a very reliable person who tends to conform to keep the peace. You prefer to be independent, are practical and seek balance.
Yellow You enjoy learning and sharing knowledge with others. You are cheerful, helpful, and optimistic, and you have a strong sense of humor.
White You are organized and very independent, and you rely on logic to solve every problem. You tend to view the world in a positive and optimistic way.
Orange You love to be with people and socialize. You are known to be adventurous and love the outdoors.
Black You strive for power and control in life and do not share well with others. You are artistic, responsible, and a natural-born leader.