Strengths: Passion Meets Practice, #IMMOOC W5.1

I have a passion for strengths. I heard Marcus Buckingham speak about strengths research in 2011, and it changed my life. It sparked a drive in me that took this blog to over 9,000 followers for a time. I've read the books, taken StrengthsFinder 2.0 (...twice), even dropped $300 on a class for the StrengthsQuest... Continue Reading →

The Turning Point

Today's post comes courtesy of a question that appeared on my Facebook news feed, from Marcus Buckingham: What was your all-time favorite job and why? If it isn't your current job, why not? It's a timely prompt for me, because I came to my all-time favorite job when I was in a situation not too different... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Closing Thoughts

On Sept. 12th I wrote my first post on the book StrengthsFinder 2.0, and something must have resonated with my readers, because that post was worked its way into my top five most "liked" posts.  I hope it's because my readers agree - the education field needs to focus on teen strengths, not just teen... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #2: Input

People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information. Hmm... Collect and archive information, huh?  Kind of like someone might do in a blog?  🙂 I'm not going to post anything from the more generic description in the StrengthsFinder... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #1: Maximizer

Maximizer:  People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb. I love this one.  Ever since I heard Marcus Buckingham speak on strengths, I've been fascinated by the topic.  I've shifted my whole career focus based... Continue Reading →

The Pros and Cons of the Comfort Zone

One of the common themes that comes up in the books I read is the idea of "the comfort zone."  Brett and Alex Harris consistently encourage teens step outside of their comfort zones in order to grow and accomplish big things.  On the other hand, Marcus Buckingham says that it's a myth to think that... Continue Reading →

Success in Excitement

"Your ability to excel at an activity depends on your ability to be excited by the activity. Excitement drives practice drives performance." - Marcus Buckingham This quote showed up on my facebook newsfeed a few days ago, and despite the fact that I haven't had a chance to blog much, the quote is a good... Continue Reading →

How I Got Here

"You can be anything you want to be!  If you work hard, anything is possible!" It's an exciting, encouraging message for kids - a world where the possibilities are endless and dreams are attainable.  But as those kids get older, shouldn't we help them narrow the field down a bit from "anything"?   Because no matter... Continue Reading →

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