Bloguettes Book Club: StrengthsFinder 2.0

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True or false? We all love an underdog.

We’d say true. We live in a world where society cheers for people who overcome their weaknesses. We’re not saying this is a bad thing, but why is it that we are so #obsessed with fixing our weaknesses instead of building our strengths?

For the month of September, we read StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. All joking aside, this book can CHANGE LIVES, PEOPLE! Seriously.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a must-have book (and assessment!) for those of you searching for career or business advice, self-help, or a confidence boost! Inside the book is a sealed insert with an access code for you–and only you! Enter the code online and you’ll be taken to the quiz of all quizzes.

Keep in mind this isn’t some random quiz a little 7th grader wrote in their bedroom while they were bored (although we’ve taken our fair share of them—don’t judge us), so make sure you set aside around 30 minutes and go somewhere without distractions. For each question, you’ll be shown two statements and will choose which one you agree with more within the 20 second time limit (this prevents overthinking!).  After that, you’ll receive your top 5 strengths with in-depth descriptions catered to your personality. You’ll also receive what your strength ‘looks’ like based on other people’s examples along with action plans for growth.

  1. 1

    Empathy

  2. 2

    Responsibility

  3. 3

    Connectedness

  4. 4

    Restorative

  5. 5

    Belief

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We asked Shanna what she thought about her results and this is what she had to say:

What did you think about your results?

My results surprised me in the best way possible! It was interesting to see that a lot of my strengths revolved around other people. I’m an introvert and because it takes me a while to open up, I thought that meant I wasn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill ‘people person.’ But through StrengthsFinder, I found out that I am good with people—just in a different way. I may not be the social butterfly that goes around introducing herself to every single person in the entire room, but to the people I do reach out to, I’ll do my best to find a solid connection and build a foundation of friendship and sincerity upon that.

How is StrengthsFinder different from other personality quizzes?

The StrengthsFinder test brings strengths and talents most people don’t even realize they have to the surface. It doesn’t give you generic results (e.g. You are outgoing! You are a leader!) like most online personality quizzes. Even if you and your friend receive the same strength, each of your descriptions will vary depending on how you use your talents in your personal life. It’s so intricate and I absolutely love that each person gets a description specifically catered to themselves!

 

The StrengthsFinder test brings out strengths & talents most people don't even realize they have to the surface.

Knowing who you are & what you offer as an individual is the key to almost anything. It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting a new business, working in a group project, socializing with coworkers, or just trying to get a better feel for who you are, knowing your strengths and how you can build and grow them can only help you in the long run!

We can’t get enough of StrengthsFinder 2.0, but we want to hear from you! Have you taken the StrengthsFinder test? What were your results? How did knowing your strengths help you with your self-esteem, career, networking, friendships? Leave a comment below!