StrengthsFinder 2.0 Review

When I first made this blog, I told myself – I’m going to write every day for a year, and if I can hold myself accountable to that standard, I’ll upgrade to a premium domain. However, just two days ago, somebody else took the website freedomby30.com. It’s not the most complex string of words, and I definitely should have grabbed it when I could. No matter. I’ll just rename and rebrand to the (three) or so people that have actually viewed this unknown blog.

So I managed to finish the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book and assessment (it wasn’t very long) here is a list of my top 5 strengths with brief descriptions.

  1. Futuristic
    • Those individuals exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are visionaries. Their emotional anticipation and visualization of
      a better future can inspire them and others to make that dream a reality. Their vision of tomorrow can push them and others to
      new heights.
  2. Significance
    • People with strong Significance talents want others to see their worth. They want to be recognized, heard, and valued. Particularly, they
      want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths they bring. They seek to have an impact on people, groups, and society as
      a whole. They want their contributions viewed as substantial, powerful, and significant. They are motivated by their intense yearning to
      be recognized, and as a result, they keep reaching. Their Significance theme pulls them upward, away from the mediocre and toward
      the exceptional.
  3. Relator
    • Relator talents describe a person’s attitude toward their relationships. In simple terms, people with strong Relator talents are drawn
      to others they already know. They do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people — in fact, they may have other themes that
      cause them to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends — but they do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being
      around their close friends
  4. Focus
    • People with strong Focus talents prioritize and then take action. They set goals. These goals serve as their compass, helping them
      determine priorities and make alterations when needed to get back on course. Their Focus is powerful because it forces them to filter;
      they instinctively evaluate each action before taking it to determine whether it will help them reach their goal. In the end, strong
      Focus talents push them to be efficient. They are extremely valuable team members because their single-mindedness enhances the
      speed and quality of their performance and keeps the team on track.
  5. Restorative
    • People with strong Restorative talents love to solve problems. While some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown,
      those with strong Restorative talents are energized by it. They enjoy the challenge of analyzing symptoms, identifying what is wrong,
      and finding the solution. They like bringing things back to life by fixing them or rekindling their vitality. In short, they bring courage
      and creativity to problematic situations

Here’s what I liked about it and what I didn’t like:

Liked

  • Actionable items given for each strength group (Three I really liked)
    • Important for futuristic minded individuals to work with people who focus on the day-by-day, laying the brickwork to move into the future
    • 3/5 (Futuristic, Significance, Focus) Suggested entrepreneurship (I had thought about starting a business at some point)
    • 4/5 strength groups suggested roles where I work independently and am accountable for my own actions
  • Fairly accurate assessment of me
    • I definitely am someone who is future-minded and forgets to lay the groundwork in the present to get myself to the future I want.
    • I definitely am someone who prefers a small circle of close friends to randoms
    • I definitely as someone who wants to be an of-worth individual to others
    • I’m not sure if focus is right for me; I often have issues with consistently focusing, hitting goals, and being efficient. But when I am able to focus, I focus hard (Just yesterday I made music for 6 hours without realizing how fast time flew by). I don’t even need adderall.
    • I agree with restorative – I do love solving problems. Especially if it can lead to a win-win for me and whoever I’m helping.
  • The other categories didn’t describe me at all (will list a few)
    • “Achiever” – I’m not someone who wants to be #1, just satisfied to be in the top investing the least amount of time possible to get there
    • “Command” – I don’t feel a strong desire to take charge and impose my will upon others
    • “Belief” – I don’t really have strong core values. I often change my values when presented with new information and people in my life, my belief is that constant revisions can promote maximal efficiency.
    • “Empathy” – I feel no empathy for others, unless it’s my very close family/friends who I’d die for. Everybody else is irrelevant.

Didn’t like

  • Company/Author tried to up sell me on consultative services (550/1750$ a session… WTF?)  even though I bought the book already
  • Much of the subject matter is centered around corporate life (e.g. Futuristic minded people encouraged to take their companies and teams through a stream of goals)

I feel like the value of this book exceeds that of a motivational book, but it’s not as useful as a book on a niche subject matter. It seems like this book is a higher quality “personality type” test, and you can only take so many of those before they stop adding value. Additionally, user-generated inputs can also induce bias if we project who we want to be onto our answers, and ignore who we actually are.

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Author: Wayne

Aspiring overachiever.

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