December Book Review: Strengths Finder 2.0

This isn’t my usual kind of book review as this isn’t your normal kind of book. Essentially this book’s perspective is a shift from how society has previously viewed the topics of strengths versus weaknesses.

What I really enjoyed about this book was how I learnt about myself and how my brain works. Oddly enough for the first time, in some ways, I could express and be able to communicate some of my biggest strengths. When I got my results I remember thinking, “oh my gosh! That makes total sense.” I hope that from reading this review you feel inclined to take the test yourself and gain further knowledge about your strengths and how amazing you are.

For a long time specialists thought that working on your weaknesses was important for success and to ensure that your strengths and weaknesses were more balanced. This book contradicts that belief and explains how people have more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths rather than correcting their weaknesses. I love the concept. It’s not the first time I’ve heard it but through reading this book I really began to understand the positive magnitude that could occur if you began focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses.

The book goes on to explain the percentages that people are disengaged at work depending on what their manager focuses on about them. The percentage is how disengaged the people in the survey were. If their manager focused on their weaknesses (22%), strengths (1%) or simply ignored them (40%). There is a very large difference between focusing on strengths versus on weaknesses. Just think about a scenario where a manager or co-worker focused on your strengths, and another time on your weaknesses. What was the result of those scenarios and how did you feel?

When you or someone else focuses on your weaknesses it emphasises that you’re lacking something and creates a negative headspace within you. Comparably, how great would it feel if others and yourself focused more on your strengths and the things that you’re good at?

So what’s so special about this book? Well, as I mentioned before it’s a little different than your typical book. You read an introduction and get some background on the science behind the theory before taking a quiz. The quiz takes approximately thirty minutes so make sure you have the time to focus and answer all of the questions. The downside is that in order to take the quiz you have to buy the book and unfortunately the code in the book is only good for one person to take the quiz. In saying that, it’s definitely worth it so just buy the book.

Now, onto the good stuff. After you take the quiz you’ll be emailed your top 5 strengths and a brief overview of each. You can then take your book and read all about your newly discovered strengths. I found it very insightful. Afterwards you can even use your new strengths terms in all kinds of ways such as communicating about yourself, in interviews, including them in your resume etc.

Here is a list of a few of the strengths that you might have:

- Achiever

- Belief

- Connectedness

- Developer

- Focus

- Includer

- Maximiser

- Restorative

I’ll share with you my top strength and how it allowed me to understand how I think and also helped me to be able to communicate it to others. My top strength was futuristic. After I read the information about my strengths it was like all of a sudden I was given words that really defined the ways that I think and behave. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t come up with the words on my own but I feel incredibly grateful to know them now.

What’s even more interesting is how the strength of being futuristic is one of the reasons that I started Her Future and it completely aligns with what I’m trying to create. The book explains how futuristic people are fascinated and inspired with the future and how they’re dreamers that can energize others about the future they see.

So what are you waiting for? Go get the book and take the test. How amazing is it going to be when you not only know more about yourself but you also will have more confidence in who you are? To me that’s priceless.

By: Cortnie Dawn

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