Gary Bacon

Strengths Finder 2.0

I was recently recommended to give the book Strengths Finder 2.0 a quick read. It is very much a short read but worth it indeed. The book shows you the importance of building your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses.

Recommended to get it on Kindle format as your online code is emailed immediately.

It includes an online code to take Gallup’s StrengthsFinder quiz, which reveals your top 5 strengths. I won’t go into all of mine, but my first one was incredible: Ideation.

Ideation’s theme description, “People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.”

Each theme gives you “Ideas for Action” to show you possible next steps that match your strength. A few of mine were:

  • Seek a career in which you will be given credit for and paid for your ideas, such as marketing, advertising, journalism, design, or new product development.

    Incredible because my job history consists of working on marketing teams, in the advertising industry, and am currently on a product development / management team. In my free time I love to blog, study many types of design. Skill wise I excel in User Experience, User Interface, and Interaction design. Amazing. This also reinforces that I’m on the right path.

  • You are likely to get bored quickly, so make some small changes in your work or home life. Experiment. Play mental games with yourself. All of these will help keep you stimulated.

    This is very true. I blog my weight loss journey, keep goal progress spreadsheets in Google Docs, and archive everything in Evernote. I’m always experimenting and trying to better myself. Keeping track allows me measure progress yet I’m consistently making small changes.

  • Finish your thoughts and ideas before communicating them. Lacking your Ideation talents, others might not be able to “join the dots” of an interesting but incomplete idea and thus might dismiss it.

    I find myself even having to do this in conversation. Many times my mind will be all over the place. Three things at once. I have to pause, put everything together in sequential order, and then relay the information.

This book has inspired me in so many ways. More posts to come that expound on a few ideas I’ve been developing. Grab this book as soon as you can. You won’t regret it.