Now, Discover Your Strengths by Buckingham and Clifton – Book review

What if I tell you that you can boost your results focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses? In Now, Discover Your Strengths you will be able to identify your innate talents through a test, and it will provide you the tools you need to make a difference in your career.
I’ve had this book pending for a long time, and I should’ve read it before. Being honest, this book will change the way you look for new skills to develop. It will help you to excel in your field, giving you an accurate definition of your innate talents to create new strengths.
I deeply recommend you this book. Read it ASAP. Everything will make sense for you.

Here is the best content I’ve extracted from the book:

Talents are those recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that you can productively apply. Knowledge consists of the facts and lessons learned. Skills are the steps of an activity. All of them combined create your strengths.

Skills determine if you can do something, whereas talents reveal some thing more important: how well and how often you do it.

Skills can be learned, talent is innate.

You will excel only by maximizing your strengths, never by fixing your weaknesses. But not ignore your weaknesses, only try to manage the ones that can be a real obstacle.

Without underlying talent, training won’t create a strength.

Your talents, your strongest synaptic connections, are the most important raw material for strength building. Identify your most powerful talents, hone them with skills and knowledge, and you will be well on your way to living the strong life.

Identify a talent, cultivate it into a strength, and fail to perform up to your expectations. “If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. There is nopoint making a fool of yourself.” 

No matter what’s your profession, the secret to consistent near perfect performance lies in these kinds of subtle refinements. To achieve these refinements demands expertise. You will need to study your strongest talents and figure out how they combine to create your strengths.

Weakness is anything that gets in the way of excellent performance. The best advice is not to focus on your strengths and ignore your weaknesses but, rather, to focus on your strengths and find ways to manage your weaknesses.

Find your talents, and Go to acquire the skills or knowledge you need.