This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82
When we start out as little kids people ask us what we want to be when we grow up. As the son of a farmer I dreamed about working the land and raising animals. After scooping hog poop a few times you begin to realize that may not be your true calling. Then you go off to school and a lot of us while in school think it would be fun to teach school. Looking back on how I treated some of my teachers I am glad I am not a teacher either. When I was in Junior High School we had a class called Project Discovery. We would explore many career alternatives. I distinctly remembering I hated keyboarding, this was in the stone ages when we didn’t have all the computers in school. Today there are very few career paths that don”t involve keyboarding.
A member of my West Des Moines Leadership Academy class, Melissa Stover, told us about herself through what Strengths she had. I hadn’t read this book, Strengthsfinder 2.0, before so I thought I should pick it up. The book is pretty short as you read a little over thirty pages that explain the research and the rationale behind the testing you will take. The basic idea is to find what is your potential strengths and then match that with your passion and you can really be a successful person. They detail Rudy Ruettiger, who through hard work got a spot on the Notre Dame football team. As a person with very little talent he struggled to perform. Others who have natural talent like Joe Montana, who have talent and a passion, will have a multiplier effect that really shows in their success.
Once you read through the first section you log on to the website and are asked a series of questions to place your strengths. The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. When you complete the test they tell you your top five strengths and give you a report to detail what occupations will fit you and what types of people you should work with.
My top 5 themes
What are your strengths?