Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.
- Grandma Moses
I recently read the book Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. The primary premise of this book is that the “Rock Stars” in any Industry or Position do not waste their time or efforts trying to perfect their weaknesses. Instead, they know that the greatest opportunity for growth and excellence is in building upon their existing strengths, and then managing around their weaknesses. This way of thinking is definitely against the grain and the opposite of how most of us were indoctrinated. That’s why I was initially doubtful. Never the less, I am now a pom-pom carrying “Strengths-based Cheerleader.” I’ve seen the light and will stop trying to become perfect in every area. (Well, I’ll try to stop. After all “My name is Wende, and I’m a recovering Perfectionist.” Admitting it IS the first step!)
The book was recommended to me last year by someone I respect, so I added it to my list of books to read and didn’t think much more about it. Then, it was mentioned recently by my mentor. So, I decided to buy it and dug in. Along with the book comes a code to take an online assessment to determine your top 5 talent profiles (the areas that can most easily become your strengths). The authors refer to these as your signature themes. Before you fall asleep on me, keep reading!
How can I explain the experience of receiving my 5 signature themes and reading about them in this book? It was like having someone you just met describe you to a tee and tell you about your interests, behaviors and tendencies. The experience was amazing! The theme descriptions also helped to affirm for me that the very purpose that I believe I was created to fulfill is also the one that God gave me the natural talents to achieve. Have you have ever experienced a momentary period of wondering if you are crazy for attempting what you are working toward? If so, then you know how wonderful it is when you get a divine confirmation that you are indeed on the right track!
So, obviously I wholeheartedly recommend this book. But, even more, I urge you to take action and use your knowledge, skills and natural talents to move you ahead in the ways that are most important to you. I’ve heard the statement that the richest place on earth is the graveyard, because so many people pass away with all of their wealth still in them. They were too fearful, lazy, etc to mine the gold that was placed within them by their Creator. I don’t intend on living or dying with my wealth of talent going untapped and underutilized. I hope you can say the same thing.
My challenge to you is to identify your natural talents. Then, decide how you will grow them into amazing strengths that will catapult you to the success (in your personal and professional life ) that you desire and deserve. Doing this will not only help you, but it will also ensure that you are giving back to society from the place of unlimited wealth that is within you. That’s what I call a “win-win!”Share