My Strenghts Finder 2.0

Happy New Year! I’ve decided to do my first post of the year a meaningful one. A few months ago I picked up a book from author Tom Rath called Strenghts Finder 2.0. It’s a book / test, upon purchase and receiving the hardcopy of the book you will get a code for an online test.

The test takes you through a series of questions that need to be answered fast. When the results are in you get a list of your “Top 5 Themes” or strengths. These are aspects of your subconscious that makes you stand out from others, these are the key areas of focus and you should spend time developing in order to maximize who you are.

I took the test and to not much surprise all of my strengths made sense to me, and at the same time a real eye-opener. Realizing them and continue to work on them on a weekly basis is an important part of this, as a constant reminder I’ve also decided to publish them as an act of transparency and means of helping others and myself.

My Top 5 Themes

Ideation
Futuristic
Activator
Achiever
Responsibility

Ideation

People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Futuristic

People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

Activator

People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action (good since I like ideas). They are often impatient.

Achiever

People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive (man this book knows me well…).

Responsibility

People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take physiological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honestly and loyalty.

Final thoughts

I think for those that know me well the above hopefully makes sense. For me it’s a canvas that I have printed and carry with me to remind me to always take a step back and use my strengths to make decisions and live a happier life.

Enjoy!

Written on January 4, 2015