Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Strengths....

Thank y'all so much for all of the wonderful suggestions yesterday! I do hope our budget allows a trip this year for just the two of us so we can enjoy our time together as much as possible before we start our family. I just can't wait!

Anywho, I wanted to tell you about this book my aunt and lovely godmother (same person by the way) recently sent me called Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton.

The book is revolutionary in its thinking and describes the importance of focusing on your strengths rather than eliminating your weaknesses. Dear Tami gave me this book because she noticed how unhappy I was at my job (hard to miss!) and wanted to help me figure out what to do with my life. Well, this sure gave me some insight!

The most revealing aspect of this book is a Web-based interactive questionnaire that I took after reading it. It instantly reveals your top-five inborn talents. Now that I know mine, I can go forward in my career and try to use these to my advantage.

Want to know what they are??

I thought so.

  • describes a constant need for achievement (very true...)
  • must achieve something tangible by the end of the day in order to feel good about yourself
  • possess an internal fire that pushes you to do more (I seriously can't sit still when there are things to get done!)
  • able to work long hours without burning out (always has been true...late night/early morning studier right here!)
  • challenge other people's theories (always!)
  • insist other people's ideas be sound
  • like data and search for patterns and connections
  • thinking is objective and logical (clearly)
  • take psychological ownership for anything you commit to and are emotionally bound to follow through to completion (I definitely try to follow through on everything I say I will do)
  • restitution must be made if unable to deliver on commitments
  • near obsession for doing thing right; impeccable ethics (Thanks!)
  • utterly dependable
  • world needs to be predictable, ordered, and planned-routine (duh, I could not live otherwise!)
  • break long-term projects into a series of specific short-term plans
  • not necessarily neat and clean, but you do need precision (so true...)


  • must always outperform your peers or your achievement feels hollow
  • other competitors invigorate you
  • you like contests because they produce a winner; particularly those you know you can win
  • you compete to win; you avoid contests where winning seems unlikely (100% true..and always has been. I never play games where I think I will look like an idiot.)

It was amazing how EXACTLY on this thing was. I would totally recommend reading this book. So worth it!

Hope you have a great Wednesday!! The weekend is inching closer :)


Dollface said...

I will check this out! And yes, Happy Wednesday, the weekend is coming soon, wooo xxooo

Mrs. W said...

Thanks for sharing that book! Im considering a career change and I think that book would be reallly helpful for me to read! : )

pocket full of pink said...

Awesome suggestion!! Thanks, I definitely want to read it!

And, thank you for saying my cake looked good, but I think you had to be fibbing a little bit! Haha. But, you are still encouraging, thank you!

lola said...

Oooh! I want to google the link to that questionnaire! It sounds really interesting!