This is a great book to start the year with and here’s why. The book is designed to work with an evaluation test($ premium) that gives you your top 5 out of 34 talents. The goal is to evaluate yourself on what you are natural good at so you can invest your time and energy in the areas that give you biggest return possible.

All my life I have been trained to root for the underdog and have had the mindset that if I try hard enough, I can be anything I want to be. The truth is that we all have different abilities. Too often, we try to be something we are not given the talents for and that is a disservice not only to ourselves but the world.

Disservice to ourselves

Teachers tell my 6 year old that he can be anything he wants as long as he tries hard enough. I really do love the idea of telling my child to pursue his dreams and work hard for what he wants in life. This book re-writes that similar statement that was told to him with: “You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you really are.” I find that difficult to say to my son but at the same time, I find that there is a sense of relief with it. Too often I find him struggling with some things while being really great at others and investing and fixating on the things he is not good at can be detrimental to his full potential. I have to understand that if he pursues something that he is naturally good at, he will have a more positive mindset about other things as well.

Disservice to the world

Mark Twain once wrote about this very thing. He described a man at the pearly gates of heaven that asked who was the best at something and the response was a man that was only a simple peasant. The man then asked why he was only a peasant and not the best at that thing. The point here is that if you are naturally good at something and you don’t pursue that of which you naturally are, then penicillin will never be found, the wheel will never become round, the greatest story ever told will never be told, and so on. So pursue what you are best at and the world will be a better place for it.

Do what you are here for

We only have one life and many pursue or fixate on things they have little natural talent for only to find that they never yield as much as someone who does have the natural talent. This book has an equation for such a thing.

    Talent (a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving)

X Investment (time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base)

= Strength (the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance)

The point here is that our one life only has so many years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and so on, so our biggest available impacts through our lives is by utilizing our strengths.

Find, Focus, Fulfill

Find what you’re natural talents are by taking this Strengths Finder test. Focus on what they currently look like in your life and how they can be improved. Use the strategies in this book to Fulfill your God given purpose.

I highly recommend this book. Do note that there is a 30 minute test online that you must do to get your results. The test comes free with a new book or you will have to pay for it on it’s own. I rented mine from the library and am thankful that I already took the test at a previous job a few years prior.