Chances are most of us have known our talents and our likes since we were kids. Personally I have known that I’m a “good” artist since I was 5. Winning coloring contests told me so. In high school I excelled in my interior design class, art, speech class, writing and poetry courses and basically all things artistic. Except drama. I was terrible at drama. I didn’t do well when people were watching but you put me in front of my bathroom mirror with a hair brush and I can sing you show tunes until the cows come home. (Don’t know where that super old reference came from?) Even though I knew all these things, I still didn’t have a whole lot of direction as to how to make it work in terms of a career. I’ve spent most of my life feeling aimless until one book opened my eyes like crazy. For the first time in forever I was able to see my talents and they were SO OBVIOUS. I knew these things about myself, but I didn’t know they were my strengths. When people ask, “What are your strengths?” Answers are generally something like: “I’m a people person.” “I’m a hard worker.” Well, one book flipped those boring answers on their behinds and got real. I want to share this awesome self help book with any aspiring entrepreneur or even just a person who has felt like they have spent too many years just wandering.
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“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. . . And yet, a person can perform only from strength.” -Peter Drucker – quoted in StrengthsFinder 2.0
StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a book written by researcher and writer, Tom Rath. He is a #1 New York Times best selling author and has dedicated his career to studying human behavior in business, health and well-being. Among Rath’s other books, StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a common “must read” for many companies and businesses. In fact, the reason I was able to get my hands on a copy is because it was required reading at my husband’s job.
This is a book that has completely planned out how to help each individual find their top strengths and then guide them through how to use them, potential careers and how to implement them. There is an online questionnaire that is meticulously laid out in order to help determine each persons top 5 strengths.'Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. . . And yet, a person can perform only from strength.' -Peter Drucker - quoted in StrengthsFinder 2.0Click To Tweet
The one possible downside of this book is that you need your own individual copy. This isn’t one that you can pick up from the library or borrow from a friend. Because the questionnaire will be detailed to your unique personality, you will also get a unique code to go along with it.
This is your own personal book! On the front, you have the option to list your top 5 strengths so that you are able to look back on them and review. There really is something special about knowing something is completely yours and unique to you.
After completing your online questionnaire, you will receive:
As well as the following resources:
You could easily pick up a book and go through these strengths and think you would be able to figure out your own. Chances are you would be wrong…at least on a few. I tried and failed. Once I was able to determine my actual strengths I felt so foolish for not recognizing them before. I mean strategic… never would have thought that one for myself. Then the more I thought back, and read on the subject, the more light that was shed on just how strategic I really am. Here is a list of all the strengths (I have starred my strengths)
There is going to be a seal in the back of your book and you are gonna bust that baby open. Don’t worry, it’s not as intense as it sounds. Inside you will find your own unique code. From there you can go to StrengthsFinder.com and enter your special code to get started.
After finding your top 5 strengths, take the time to read about each of them. Each strength page will have:
Take the time to read and absorb each strength. See if any similarities pop up. For example, several of my strengths suggested working as my own boss, as a teacher or journalist. Because I love absorbing new information, (input) I’m adaptable and have a genuine interest in helping others. I strongly believe in helping others be their best (connectedness) because it helps improve the world as a whole. It’s so funny now looking back at how finding all of these strengths lead me back into entrepreneurship (after quitting photography) and strait into the field of blogging.
Begin to think of ways that your strengths might be able to go hand in hand with your talents, passions or trainings. If you have gone through schooling, or already have work experience, take the time to jot down some ideas of how your strengths might be useful in these areas. In fact, I have created a chart just to help you get your ideas together on this.
After you have taken the time to fill out the graph based on your strengths, talents and experience you might’s tart to get together some career choices for yourself. This part can take time for sure. My first thought after taking my StrengthsFinder test definitely wasn’t blogging. yet, now I can see how this is SO obviously what I should be doing. I have a graphic design degree, talents in writing and design, am best suited for working on my own and always switching things up. Perfect. Each week, I get to write 3 totally different posts, on my own schedule using my talents, experience and my strengths and I couldn’t be happier.
Once you have a great idea of what it is you think you are meant to do it’s time to get a few things together:
No matter what, you will be able to take steps in the right direction when you are more clearly able to see just where you are meant to go, how you are able to be helpful and what exactly will make you the happiest!
Happy strengths finding!
Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.