Want to improve yourself, your work, your family? Stop focusing your limited improvement time on your weaknesses. Spend the bulk of that time on your strengths.
If you don’t know what your strengths are, you should find out. And, finding out has never been cheaper.
For less than the price of a movie ticket (and popcorn), and for less than the time to watch the movie, you can learn your top five strengths.
Buy Strengths Finder 2.0 (less than $14 at Amazon.com) and take the online test with the code in the back of the book (less than one hour to log in and complete the test). You’ll learn why you should focus on your strengths and gain a detailed report of your top five strengths with hints and tips for how to develop your strengths or partner with others to improve your overall performance, in work and in life.
Learning my strengths changed my life. Since I first took the test in 2005, I’ve put my energy into practicing my strengths. I’ve selected work assignments based on whether or not the work would play to my strengths. I’ve chosen my extra curricular activities to play to my strengths too (e.g., this blog). And, I’ve never been happier. I can honestly say that every day–at work and at home–I have an opportunity to do what I do best.
According to Gallup’s research, less than a third of us claim we have an opportunity to do what we do best every day. I wasn’t in that third until I worked at it. You can be there if you’ll work at it too.
If you’re wondering, here’s my top five strengths:
If you’ve already taken the test, or when you do, consider stopping back here and posting your strengths. I’d love to learn how knowing your strengths has changed your work or your life.