Do you know your own strengths? Personality not body! Are you self aware to know yourself? Or are you at a loss and in need of some confirmation? And why playing to your strengths is the way to go. This months book is Now, Discover Your Strengths, a fasinating read and a couple of online tests you can take for more insight.
We all know we are wonderfully different, we are strong in one area but weak in other. Now, Discover your own Strengths is an great book on 'how to develop your talents and those of people you manage.' Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton believe there are 34 themes, (personality traits) and by knowing and focusing on our strengths we will find happiness, fulfilment and success.
They interviewed over 2 million people to find these 'themes' the book lists all of them with a description and how each works for you.
34 Personality 'Themes'
Are you Achiever, Activator, Adaptability, Analytical, Arranger, Belief, Command, Communication, Competition, Connectedness, Consistency, Context, Deliberative, Developer, Discipline, Empathy, Focus, Futuristic, Harmony, Ideation, Includer, Individualization, Input, Intellection, Learner, Maximizer, Positivity, Relator, Responsibility, Restorative, Self Assurance, Significance, Strategic, Woo ?
Reading the book I guessed my 'talents', but did they match up with Gallup Strength Finder test online ? ( The test does cost $15 )
The Top 5 strength test has lots of questions about what you would do in certain situations, agreeing or disagreeing for the answers and the result was amazing, giving me total clarity. Try it, you may like it!
My Top 5 Strengths (according to the test)
'You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events.' I LOVE ideas!! All ideas, I come up with them all the time.
'You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions' So me! I LOVE visualising the future, see world peace by 2060, I get excited about what is positively possible in the world.
'You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own.' Yes, so me, I was in tears at the weekend when a lovely lady told me about her broken dream, I hoped I helped with a new dream...
'You are inquisitive. You collect things. You explore and are curious. You devise a system to store. Identify situations in which you can share the information you have collected.' This was a revelation, I didn't choose this from the book and made total sense.
'You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the "muscles" of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. List your ideas in a log or a diary. Take time to write. Writing might be the best way to crystallise and integrate your thoughts. You need time from introspection' Hello! I LOVE caz time, journalling and writing this blog!!
These 5 themes all point to my future path, I am super excited!!
Cazza.Com is My Memory Box. I'm collecting my life stories, ideas and visions, sharing them with you. I want to have an amazing life full of happiness, health, wealth, love, fun and adventure and I want you to too!
Why live a life with regret, unhappiness, fear? We all deserve an amazing life, what does your future look like?
Read Now, Discover your Strengths it's so insightful, know your strengths and play to them. There is a chapter on how to manage weaknesses, with great advise. Not much help on finding your best career, as they say the strengths work differently for each person and depends on your chosen path. There is a huge section on how to manage all the themes in a business, so if you have a team, might be worth looking at.
Another Know Your Strengths test
As part of my 'know your strengths investigation' I did another strength test This one is free and gives you advise on career, more clarity! Click the link, it's a fun 5 minutes.
Know yourself and be the best you! Follow your dreams, they will come true!
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Thank you for reading, share and comment, what are your Top 5 Strengths?
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