The Truth About You

Recently read The Truth About You: Your Secret To Success by Marcus Buckingham. This learning experience challenges you to watch it-read it-and do it. The book comes with an enhanced dvd and and a “re-memo” pad to help you practically carry out the teachings in the book.

So what’s the big idea? The premise is that everyone questions what they are really supposed to be doing in life, and most people don’t like their job. So how can you move to a satisfying, fulfilled work life? Well, Marcus would argue that comes from growing in your strengths. In the dvd and book he offers 5 pieces of advice. I found this one interesting:

Your strengths aren’t what you’re good at, and your weaknesses aren’t what you’re bad at.

At the end of the book, Marcus includes a list that I found to be the most interesting part of the book. I found myself arguing with him and wishing he would explain his viewpoint more. Here is that list:
5 Things That Sound Right But Aren’t:

  1. Always treat people as you would like to be treated.
  2. There is no I in team.
  3. You should work on your weaknesses.
  4. Push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
  5. Your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness.

The Truth About You is a simply written book that drives home one thing: develop your strengths. It’s nothing revolutionary, but a good reminder, especially if you are at a stage of life where you are thinking about career decisions. It took me a little over an hour to read (112 pages) in the library – and it was worth that time.

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