You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of who you already are. –Tom Rath

Literature transcends barriers and gives us an opportunity to learn about the world we live in. Now more than ever, we strive to learn about ourselves as individuals and often look for literature in the form of self-help books, hoping to uncover new traits we didn’t know we possessed. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath is a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, a book that acts as a guide and provides insights into discovering your natural talents and through an assessment, uncovers your top 5 strengths.

I came to acquire this book interestingly enough through a recruiter, while interviewing for a marketing intern position. After the interview, I went back home with a new book in hand, and curious to find out what my top 5 strengths would be.

Here’s my review of the book:

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  • Father of Strengths Psychology, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2030), created the assessment and it’s 34 talent themes in 1998. Both the book and the recently revised version of the assessment, research and themes are part of Strengths Finder 2.0.


  • Strengths Finder 2.0 from Gallup and written by Tom Rath is available as an e-book and hardcover. Attached to the back of hardcover version, is a unique 10 digit access code that you use to take the Gallup online assessment on their website. You can complete the timed assessment in less than 30 minutes.


  • Upon completion of assessment, you are given a full and in-depth 19-page report: The Gallup Strength Insight and Action Planning guide, unveiling your top five strengths based on your answers.


The Gallup Strength Insight and Action Planning guide includes:

  • Your top 5 Strengths
  • A personalized Strengths insights, that highlights what makes your strengths unique
  • Ideas and action plan to help you develop each of your top 5 strengths
  • Achievement section that provides strategies and steps to help you use your talents for personal growth and achievements


My overall feel for this book is that it’s a great addition for anyone interested in developing his or her strengths. My favorite feature of the book is that you do not have to read the entire book from beginning to end. You can always mark the sections where your 5 strengths are and use them as a powerful reference to go back and forth as needed.


As for my interview with the recruiter who introduced me to this book, well, I didn’t get the internship with the company, which I really wanted to work for. But what struck me days later is that thanks to that recruiter I had gained something far more valuable than what a job with the company would’ve provided: A deep insight and understanding of my top 5 strengths and how to apply them to my professional career, personal development and life.

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