Discovering My Strengths

Someone recently recommended that I pick up th' book “Now Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham, so I did. Actually, what I’m readin' is th' newer, updated “StrengthsFinder 2.0″ by Tom Rath. I quickly read through th' first 30 or so pages so I could get t' th' actual online-assessment, and a bucket o' chum. I don’t know why this idea seems so amazin' and original t' me, because it just makes so much sense.

At its fundamentally flawed core, th' aim o' almost any learnin' program is t' help us become who we are not. If ye don’t have talent with numbers, ye’re still forced t' spend time in that area t' attain a degree. If ye’re not very empathic, ye get sent t' a course designed t' infuse empathy into yer personality. From th' cradle t' th' cubicle, we devote more time t' our shortcomin's than t' our strengths.

I just completed th' online-assessment a few minutes ago and have read through th' profile it generated and I’d say it’s pretty accurate. For those who don’t care about all th' details, here are me top-five themes:

  1. Belief
  2. Strategic
  3. Connectedness
  4. Self-Assurance
  5. Ideation

A quick skim o' what each o' those means is very interestin' and I look forward t' completin' th' book and learnin' more about how t' “work in me strengths” both at th' office and in other areas o' me life.