Though the concept might have been lost on your teenage self, as an adult you have a complete understanding that to be successful you have to work hard. You know showing up to take a test you didn't study for is a recoverable offense. However, showing up for a photo shoot where you have not learned how to use the lens you purchased, or the mother of the bride's name is more detrimental to yourself, your career, and your pocketbook. The answer isn't to sleep less and work harder doing all the things. The answer is to find your strengths and focus on developing your natural talents.
“From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths.”
Yes, you might have been gifted with a creative mind. What a dream to find your talents and your dream job colliding into one. Unfortunately, businesses do not run on sparkly dreams alone, as you have already come to figure out on your own. Don't fret! When focusing on your strengths and natural talents, success will come easily. You won't waste your time running into roadblocks of your personality. Finally, a way of looking at yourself as half-full, rather than half-empty. Thanks to a a 40 year study and all it's participants, there is an assessment test that focuses on your innate talents, and not your innate roadblocks.
“You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”
Thanks to Tom Rath, a book and online evaluation has been developed to quickly bring your talents to the surface. His book, Strengthfinders 2.0, is a cup full of realistic positivity in a world of half-empty, lipstick-stained cups of gas station coffee. While the basis of the test was founded by the Chief of Optimism, and more formal title of “Father of Strengths-Based Psychology by an American Psychological Association Presidential Commendation”, Don Clifton many moons ago, Rath has taken it to a more tangible level. This book is made for you.
“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never great at anything.”
Strengthsfinder 2.0 is perfect for anyone with no time to read. It gives a short intro into the assessment, a code to take the test, followed by a broken down explanation of each strength. Not interested in the book, or maybe you are a minimalist who refuses to own books? Jump in to take the Strengthsfinder assessment here.
“Every human being has talents that are just waiting to be uncovered.“
You have the answer. Now the question. Are you working hard at the wrong thing?
P.S. Want to dive deeper into finding how you work best? This one is just for you.
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