Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Embracing My Strengths


A Journey in Art and Technology

As an artist and a technologist, my life has always been a blend of vision, curiosity, and action. I had the opportunity to explore my strengths through the CliftonStrengths assessment, and it was a enlightening. The assessment highlighted my top strengths: Futuristic, Learner, Relator, Activator, and Arranger. Let’s explore how these strengths interweave through the various facets of my life and career.


Dreaming of Tomorrow, Grounded in Today

My Futuristic trait often has me daydreaming about what the future holds, especially in the rapidly evolving worlds of art and technology. Balancing this with the demands of the present is like walking a tightrope. I am constantly envisioning the next big thing in cryptoart or the next trend in Web3 technology. However, I anchor these visions in the present by setting achievable goals and timelines. This balance allows me to dream big while effectively navigating the steps needed to turn these dreams into reality.


A Thirst for Knowledge

As a lifelong learner, I am always on the lookout for new skills and knowledge areas. The decision on what to learn next is often guided by my passion for art and technology. I look for emerging trends and technologies that can enhance my artistic expression or bring innovation to my tech projects. This learning journey is not just about acquiring skills; it’s about staying relevant and ahead in a fast-paced digital world.


Deep Connections Fueling Success

My Relator strength lies in forming deep, meaningful relationships. This trait has been pivotal in overcoming challenges, especially in collaborative art projects and tech ventures. One notable instance was during a complex service design project. My ability to form genuine connections with team members helped in navigating through differing opinions and finding a harmonious path forward.


From Thought to Action

The Activator in me loves to get things moving. I often find myself in the thick of action, turning ideas into tangible results. This trait is particularly useful in the dynamic field of digital art, where concepts rapidly evolve into visual expressions. However, in scenarios requiring patience, such as understanding the intricacies of blockchain technology, I remind myself that some things need time to mature. It’s a constant learning process to balance my enthusiasm with the patience required for certain tasks.


Adapting to the Unexpected

As an Arranger, I thrive in managing and adapting to changes. The art world and technology are realms where unpredictability is the only constant. When faced with situations beyond my control, I rely on my ability to rearrange and find new pathways. This flexibility was crucial when adapting my art style to incorporate AI and blockchain elements, responding to the evolving landscape of digital art.

Each of these strengths plays a significant role in my journey as an artist and a technologist. They are not just traits; they are the tools I use to navigate my professional and personal life. Reflecting on these strengths helps me understand myself better and guides me in leveraging them more effectively.