What’s it about?

In StrengthsFinder 2.0 (2007), you’ll learn how to distinguish your skills and exploit them to your advantage. Tom Rath grants a powerful framework to both cultivate your potential and match your strengths to your profession.

About the author:

Tom Rath is a bestselling author who specializes in innovative business thinking. His other books include the number-one New York Times bestsellers How Full Is Your Bucket? and Strengths-Based Leadership.

Why waste your time on what’s wrong when you can focus on what’s right?

Almost all self-discovery books or programs focus on fixing the problems, i.e., figuring out what’s wrong and learn how to fix it. There is no doubt that this leads to a negative mentality. Why not start focusing on the right things that should be embraced?

Strength finder 2.0 is the second volume of a viral assessment, primarily based on the work of Donald O. Clifton (1924-2003. Clifton is hugely respected in the psychology field because of his StrengthsFinder assessment. The author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 used Clifton’s teachings with the help of some scientists and researchers to help more people understand and enhance their strengths.

The goal was to make people aware of what’s right rather than wrong. Studies proved that the more you focus on the positives and strengths, the more your personal development potential would grow. Everyone has his weaknesses, but do you want to spend your life worrying about them?

“The key to human development is building on who you already are.”

-Tom Rath

Concentrating on the best abilities in your job will make it more fulfilling: 

After a survey of 10 million people from all over the world by the Gallup scientists over the last decade, they discovered that you will most likely enjoy working if you do the things you love at work. 

The bad news of this research is that only one-third of the people surveyed were able to say: “at work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.” That means that most people are forced to do jobs that don’t complement their strengths.

Is it true that you can do anything if you work hard enough?

Ever since we were children, we were told that we could achieve anything as long as we work hard for it. Is this true, though? Can you become an Olympic sprinter if you work hard? Probably not, especially if you are not the best at physical activities.

Tom Rath, the author, describes this as “following the path of most resistance.” This is when you focus on areas that you are don’t have a natural talent in. Like maybe you are not very good at math, but you are forced to learn numbers and statistics to earn a degree. We often waste too much time thinking about our weaknesses and shortcomings rather than embracing and evolving our natural talents and strengths. Most of this is due to societal pressure.

If you rethink the movies you’ve watched and the books you’ve read, most of them share the story of someone who overcame some obstacles and reached extraordinary feats at the end. While this is great to read about, it is rarely realistic, and this is the path of most resistance.

The concept of us doing anything that we work hard to achieve leads us to the wrong path in life. This is simply because we are born with our unique talents and strengths that we can’t change, just improve.

“You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”

-Tom Rath

You want to be in your strengths zone:

Being in your strengths zone is identifying your strengths and working out how to improve them in your life. It means spending more time and energy on the things you are good at and less trying to fight and control the things you are not good at.

If you are in a job doing the thing you love, you’re going to enjoy work, have a great relationship with colleagues, achieve more, and be a productive, happy person.

When you are tightly fixed into your strengths zone, your whole life will be affected. Your mental and physical health will improve, your confidence will rise, and you will be a better person overall.

Find the core to your strengths:

The StrengthsFinder 2.0 is an enhanced version of the original StrengthsFinder that allows you to find the heart of your strengths. 

The StrengthsFinder, regardless of its name, measures the talent, not the strength. It doesn’t question your college education or general knowledge, and it doesn’t pay attention to skills. The questions are made to go through your personality while you have 20 seconds to figure out each one. This makes sure that you go with the very first thing that comes to your mind, rather than choosing a more fitting answer that doesn’t fit you.

Inevitably, people change as they grow up, but scientists discovered that personality traits remain the same from childhood onwards. 

It is yet essential to be aware of your weaknesses:

Concentrating on your strengths shouldn’t make you ignore your weaknesses. It is vital to at least be mindful of these weaknesses, so you can make the right decisions about how to deal with them and avoid a lot of bumps in your path.

“Every human being has talents that are just waiting to be uncovered.”

-Tom Rath

Tom Rath advises you to live your life by this formula:

Talent (a way of thinking, feeling, or behaving) x investment (the time you are willing to invest in building your knowledge and skills) = strength (being able to show your best abilities consistently).

How to apply the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment?

The assessment consists of a series of questions, 20 seconds to answer each, which takes just 20 minutes. When you finish the questions, you will be given your results, plus a Strengths Discovery and Action Planning Guide. This is a comprehensive guide that sheds light on the top 5 themes in your personality and how you can better them. It also gives you 50 measures you can take that are perfectly developed over the years.

To take the assessment, simply enter strengthsfinder.com and enter the code on your book.

Which personality theme fits you? Follow from A to Z:

There are 34 personality themes overall, and only five of them are distinguished in your personality:

  • Achiever – you need to achieve things continually in your life.
  • Activator – you want to see movement and change.
  • Adaptability – you crave independence, live in the moments, and tend to be flexible and calm about the future.
  • Analytical – you are always challenging for people to prove their ideas. You analyze everything you experience with an objective mindset.
  • Arranger – you have a passion for arranging the details, even in complex situations.
  • Belief – you are driven by your core values and beliefs in every decision you make. You have an ethical responsibility.
  • Command – you are born to be a stubborn leader.
  • Communication – you have excellent communication skills within different mediums. You do well in the spotlights.
  • Connectedness – you have a genuine belief that everything happens for a reason, and you are very considerate of other individuals.
  • Consistency – you need and crave flexibility and balance in your life. 
  • Context – you are aware that you need to learn from the past to make the right decisions. This helps you make fewer mistakes and better your decision-making skills.
  • Deliberative – you are very private, someone who is careful and stays on the safe side to reduce the risks. You have excellent judgment skills.
  • Developer – you love helping people to develop their personalities.
  • Discipline – you feel most relaxed in a structured and routinized life. You are a very hardworking and active person.
  • Empathy – you can notice how others feel, almost as if you are in their place. This gives you the ability to see situations from many perspectives.
  • Focus – you need to be focused on something every day to progress.
  • Futuristic – you enjoy fantasizing and planning the future.
  • Harmony – you live in total harmony, where there is no place for conflicts and disagreements. You meditate regularly.
  • Ideation – you are fascinated by different concepts and ideas, and you always search for new ideas of thinking.
  • Include – you want to continually widen your social circle and help everyone have an equal part in the group.
  • Individualization – you like to notice distinct strengths and talents in others.
  • Input – you are a curious and intrigued person who finds the whole world and its possibilities exciting and inspiring.
  • Intellectual – you think a lot, and you enjoy picking apart thoughts and concepts to challenge yourself.
  • Learner – you have a passion for knowledge and lookout for new opportunities to earn skills always.
  • Maximizer – you are not satisfied with average results. You want to exceed and excel in everything.
  • Positivity – you like to smile and look for the positive side in every situation.
  • Relator – you like meeting new people and expand your circle. 
  • Responsibility – you take responsibility for anything and always finish what you said you would.
  • Restorative – you like solving problems and challenging issues.
  • Self-assurance – you are a confident person, especially in your judgment skills.
  • Significance – you crave acknowledgment and appreciation. You also want to stand out.
  • Strategic – you have an apparent talent in finding the path of success and solving problems.
  • Woo – this means “winning others over” and being able to connect with people easily.

How can you benefit from the information given to you by the assessment?

The information you will be given about your personality will allow you to know how to enhance and understand your character by depth. For example, you will see the type of job that fits your strengths.

You will also learn how to deal with people with different traits and strengths than yours and get to know your friends and family better.

Try this:

  1. Determine whether you are doing a job you love or just forced to do.
  2. Identify your weaknesses, but don’t focus too much on them.
  3. Discover your top 5 personality strengths with the Strengths Finder 2.0.