Book Review: Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

41L1hjAB2qL._SL160_I am personally fascinated and passionate about understanding what makes me, and other people, tick. Strengths Finder is another great tool to help you understand how you operate and what that may look like in your life.

One of the things that trip us up in life is that we think we are born to do a certain role. We aren’t born to be an accountant, we aren’t born to be athletes and we aren’t born to be doctors. These are roles that allow us to express ourselves at the core of our being. The thing that we miss in all this? Understanding what’s at the core of our being.

Strengths Finder 2.0 is another of many great tools to help you in self discovery. This book, like others, wont completely solve the puzzle for you, but it will get you that much closer to identifying who you are at the core.

The books looks to assist you in identifying your top 5 themes that you operate by. There are 34 possible themes that you can fit into. This is done through a code that you get in the book to take an online assessment once you have read some background info on why the test exists.

Strengths Finder not only helps you identify your top 5 themes but also gives you a guide with an action plan to help you cultivate and understand your themes more clearly. The thing that I like most about the assessment is that they also give you examples of what that theme looks like using real life explanations of people in various fields. “What it looks like” is a powerful exercise to help you visualize your strengths in action and make them more concrete.

I recommend this book to anyone who needs additional clarity of their purpose and talents. I know I personally sacrificed 9 years in a job I hated because I really had no comprehension of what my true gifts were. Our gifts and talents come so natural to us that we devalue them as a result. In reality someone is looking at you right now with amazement with regards to your talents. Now it’s time for you to recognize the talent that everyone else already sees.

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