We all have many natural strengths and weaknesses. There are certain areas that we need to put very little work into and are already above average, and other areas we have to work a long time to even perform at an average level. Tom says it in a nice way, but basically he says it’s stupid to work yourself to death trying to accomplish something you’re not good at. American’s tend to idolize those who beat all the odds working around the clock to accomplish something. Tom’s logic is this. Why spend years trying to to take a skill your’re not gifted in and bring yourself up to average and then spend more years attempting to become great at that skill when you know you can never be the best? Why not pick out a skill your naturally already really good at and spend half the effort becoming great at it. That leaves you a ton of time and energy to either become the best, or to focus on other things. It seems simple, but a meet a lot of people who just keep trying and trying to do things they aren’t naturally good at while totally ignoring the natural talents they could become great at.
Tom Rath in his book Strength Finder 2.0 goes over the above concept and then has a test to help you identify what your strengths and weaknesses are. The book was super helpful for Suzy and I as we divided up our responsibilities so we could each focus on aspects of our business where we were already gifted and avoid aspects that we aren’t. It not only minimizes frustrations, but really does increase your productivity!
Over Christmas I was looking through my bookshelves and started tossing the books I’ve read over the last year and a half into piles. Fortunately, most of them were recommends, so the pile I would pass on to you is larger than the other two piles. The recommend pile would be even larger than in the photo, but some of them were Kindle books and a number of them are out on loan right now. =)
Among the pile of books I would recommend I would say all of them were life changing. Some of them changed very small areas of my life in small ways. Just kind of a tweaking on ways I could improve. Other’s changed big areas of my life in bigs ways and made me look at the way I do things from a completely new perspective.
All said, I thought I would spend a few days over the next few weeks and do a short little review of some of my favorite books. I don’t want to go over the whole book, but just wanted to write a quick paragraph on how the book helped me, and a little diagnosis of what kind of person would find this book helpful. If you’ve read any of the books I go over or read similar ones I would love to hear about it!