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Discovering My Strengths

Recently, I discovered my strengths and found out novel truths about myself that I have always known and never owned. What started as a professional development tool at work has turned into a clarifying journey of self discovery and personal empowerment.

Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, in Now, Discover Your Strengths, have offered this brilliant approach of “focusing on enhancing people’s strengths rather than eliminating their weaknesses”. They propose building a strengths-based organization by capitalizing on the fact that such traits are already present among those within it”. In other words, we are naturally brilliant, capable, talented and an integral part of our communities, whether that be in our work place, our classes, our neighborhood or our family.

This book is not just a source of life-changing and affirming information, it is coupled with a Web-based interactive questionnaire developed by the Gallup Organization that instantly produces your top-five inborn talents. Drum roll, please…

My strengths, in order, are:

1. Learner-love of the process of learning
2. Maximizer-sees the best of self, things, people and situations
3. Communicator-umm, ‘nuf said
4. Input-collector of information
5. Futuristic-spends a lot of time planning and visualizing what could or will be

I was amazed, a little surprised, and incredibly intrigued. How I have made sense of this information has come in many waves, many forms and through many, many, many conversations (reference #3). One of those most tangible, is this blog. A way for me to catalog (and archive) my learning, self reflection and growth in a semi public format…to share my dreams and my goals and all the information I gather across a huge spectrum of interests I have. Mostly, this is a creative expression and place to share photos and some of my favorite things…a place to play.

Welcome to Mia’s Playground! My living journal…