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Tom Rath

Know thyself, then go out and conquer the world!

3.9 (148 ratings)
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StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath is a guide to identifying and maximizing your unique strengths. The book offers a customized tool for assessing and enhancing your abilities, helping you excel in your personal and professional life.

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    Achievers are driven by a constant and insatiable need for achievement.

    When the alarm clock rings in the morning, most people just want to hit the snooze button and roll over. But some wake up with such drive that from the moment they open their eyes, they already feel they’re behind on their day.

    Meet the Achievers.

    Achievers are people who are so driven they can’t take a day’s rest. Though these people often overwork themselves, they do it for good reason: tackling new tasks is what makes them happy. This powerful drive allows them to remain highly motivated and productive despite the grueling hours they often work, and pushes the pace of the whole work environment.

    Take, as an example, a top lawyer: she puts everything she’s got into each case, staying in the office later than everyone else, every day.

    However, there is a danger to being an Achiever: they can get so caught up in the next goal, that, despite being the best in their field, they always go home feeling they haven’t done enough. So if you’re an Achiever, how can you do your best without burning out?

    First, remind yourself regularly of how much you’ve achieved in the past. Think back to times when you accomplished a challenging task, or overcame a challenging obstacle. This way, you can continue to compete with yourself, but remain grounded, thanks to your past achievements.

    Next, place yourself in a work environment where you can set up a scoring system to keep track of your success. This will give you an objective way of measuring productivity, instead of comparing yourself to your peers, and will also allow you to reinforce your sense of achievement at the end of the day.

    Finally, always remember to channel your drive toward the tasks you can do best, rather than tackling anything and everything just to tick things off your list. This will both save you energy and create the most value for your company.

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    What is StrengthsFinder 2.0 about?

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

    StrengthsFinder 2.0 Review

    StrengthsFinder 2.0 (2007) is a book that uncovers our unique strengths and helps us thrive by focusing on what makes us exceptional. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a practical framework that enables readers to identify and leverage their strengths, leading to increased productivity and fulfillment.
    • With its personal assessment tool, the book provides readers with a customized report on their top five strengths, offering valuable insights for personal and professional development.
    • The book emphasizes the importance of playing to our strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses, making it a refreshing approach to personal growth that keeps readers engaged and motivated.

    Who should read StrengthsFinder 2.0?

    • People unsure of which field to work in
    • Anyone who wants to better understand their co-workers
    • Employers who want to better harness their employees’ potential

    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 best sellers How Full Is Your Bucket? and Strengths-Based Leadership.

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    What is the main message of StrengthsFinder 2.0?

    Discover and develop your unique strengths to unleash your full potential.

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    Is StrengthsFinder 2.0 a good book? Is it worth reading?

    StrengthsFinder 2.0 is worth reading as it helps you understand and leverage your strengths for personal and professional growth.

    Who is the author of StrengthsFinder 2.0?

    The author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 is Tom Rath.