33 Incredible Quotes from StrengthsFinder 2.0

Tom Rath is the author of ‘StrengthsFinder 2.0.’ This bestselling novel focuses on tapping into your natural talents and overcoming your shortcomings. Here is a look at some great quotes from ‘StrengthsFinder 2.0′ to get you encouraged.

“Across the board, having the opportunity to develop our strengths is more important to our success than our role, our title, or even our pay.”

“Although individuals need not be well-rounded, teams should be.”

“And it is likely that Rudy had teammates for whom the inverse was true—they were a 5 on talent and just a 2 on time invested, which is clearly a waste of talent.”

“At its fundamentally flawed core, the aim of almost any learning program is to help us become who we are not.”

“Every hour you spend on your rear end … saps your energy and ruins your health.”

“Followers have a very clear picture of what they want and need from the most influential leaders in their lives: trust, compassion, stability, and hope”


“From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths.”

“If we can find short-term incentives that are consistent with our long-term objectives, it is much easier to make the right decisions in the moment.”

“If you focus on people’s weaknesses, they lose confidence.”


“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.”

“If you want to improve your life and the lives of those around you, you must take action.”

“Instead of celebrating what makes each child unique, most parents push their children to”fit in” so that they don’t”stick out.” This unwittingly stomps out individuality and encourages conformity, despite these parents’ good intentions”

“It appears that the epidemic of active disengagement we see in workplaces every day could be a curable disease…if we can help the people around us develop their strengths.”

“Many foods are better off in the trash than in your stomach. The next time you receive unhealthy food as a gift, subtly dispose of it later. When you get a free dessert or candy with a meal, leave it behind. If the item is clearly bad for your health, don’t feel guilty. You are not wasting food. You may be saving lives.”

“One challenge is that our ability to progress in our career is often determined by our effectiveness in responding to near-term needs. When high value is placed on solving these kinds of problems, it creates a culture in which leaders spend little or no time thinking about what could be done because they receive more accolades for simply doing what needs to be done.”

“Perhaps the ultimate test of a leader is not what you are able to do in the here and now – but instead what continues to grow long after you’re gone”

“Talent (a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving) × Investment (time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base) = Strength (the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance)”

“The key to human development is building on who you already are”

“The lesson here is clear: If you want people to understand that you value their contributions and that they are important, the recognition and praise you provide must have meaning that is specific to each individual.”

“The most successful people start with dominant talent—and then add skills, knowledge, and practice to the mix. When they do this, the raw talent actually serves as a multiplier.”

“The single biggest threat to our own wellbeing tends to be ourselves”

“We were tired of living in a world that revolved around fixing our weaknesses. Society’s relentless focus on people’s shortcomings had turned into a global obsession. What’s more, we had discovered that people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.”

“Wellbeing is about the combination of our love for what we do each day, the quality of our relationships, the security of our finances, the vibrancy of our physical health, and the pride we take in what we have contributed to our communities. Most importantly, it’s about how these five elements interact.”

“What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time.”

“What’s more, we had discovered that people have several times more potential for growth, when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.”

“When we build on our strengths and daily successes — instead of focusing on failures — we simply learn more.”

“When we can see an immediate payoff, we are more likely to change our behavior in the moment. This aligns our daily actions with our long-term interests.”

“When we’re able to put most of our energy into developing our natural talents, extraordinary room for growth exists. So, a revision to the”You-can-be-anything-you-want-to-be” maxim might be more accurate: You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”

“When you focus on other people’s shortcomings, they lose confidence in their abilities. But if you focus on their hard work and successes, you produce a sustainable increase in their self-confidence. What’s more, researchers have discovered that the earlier in life you focus on a person’s daily successes, the greater the gains over time.”

“Work is a purpose, not a place. Work is about productively applying your talent.”

“Working toward a shared mission with other people will add a positive charge to each day.”

“You cannot be anything you want to be — but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”

“Your overall satisfaction with life certainly matters. But you create meaningful change in moments and days, not years and decades.”

Here is a great review on the Strength Finder Test and Tom Rath’s book ‘StrengthsFinder 2.0.’ This video will give you some great insight into Rath’s philosophy.

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