BOTM: Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

My strengths: Analytical, Ideation, Positivity, Relator and Strategic.

I chose this book because it came highly recommended and I was ultimately curious what an objective well reviewed test would say what my strengths are and how to maximize them. I was recommended this book by several friends and professional acquaintances, the results did not really surprise me but questions that the test asks to find your strengths was an eye opener. This book is a direct contrast to David Goggin’s Can’t Hurt Me as his main philosophy is to attack your weaknesses and be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Strengthsfinders does exactly what the title states and identifies where your strengths lie and how to access them to their full effect.

Since everyone’s strengths will be different, I’ll just highlight some of the key takeaways I learned from my strengths.

My strengths: Analytical, Ideation, Positivity, Relator and Strategic.

  • I should work in Finances, data analysis, leadership, entrepreneurship or product development. (Cool thing about this is all of these applicable to my current career!)

  • I need to partner with an Activator (if you are an Activator, hit me up and let’s collab!)

  • Identify in what scenarios I find most of my inspiration and make a goal to create those scenarios purposefully on a regular basis.

  • The more brainstorming sessions the better

  • Making myself available to solve people’s problems will energize me and hopefully help others. (this has gotten me in trouble before!)

This was a pretty light BOTM so I am also reading Grit by Angela Duckworth and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Keep hitting me with book recommendations!!

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