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Identify And Leverage Your Strengths

Updated: February 26, 2011 10:42 am

The book reveals the powerful key to bring fulfilment, peace, and control into a one’s life. In today’s world, can one truly “have it all”: A fulfilling career full of passion and performance? A belief that one is truly becoming the best, authentic version of oneself? A happy, healthy life outside of work? Keeping these points in mind, the book provides a powerful key to help one draw enough strength from life to feel fulfilled, loved, successful, and in control. Even more, the book helps one reconnect with one’s purpose and gives a starting point for change. The book, which is divided into three parts, contains 14 chapters. The secret to live a strong life lies in knowing how to draw a few things in toward you. It asks you to be discriminating, selective and intentional. You can find energising moments in each aspect of your life, but to do so you must learn how to catch them, hold on to them, feel the pull of their weight, and allow yourself to follow where they lead. The aim of this book is to teach you this life skill. This book shows you how to start your life strong and then, more importantly, how to get stronger as you get older. It helps you set a direction for your life without fearing that you’ve chosen the wrong one. It reveals how to handle all the responsibilities on your shoulders without feeling spasms of guilt that you aren’t doing enough, or that what you’re doing wrong. It guides you toward building fulfilling relationships with your boss, your co-workers, your spouse, and your kids without letting resentment of what they are demanding from you, or what they are not doing for you. Although the book does not answer all your questions nor does it solve all your problems, it shows you how you can use life to strengthen you, rather than break you down. It shows you how to find your strongest life.

                The book suggests a test that measures you on nine life roles: Advisor, Caretaker, Creator, Equalizer, Influencer, Motivator, Pioneer, Teacher, and Weaver. The challenge of all the different roles you play is not that you don’t have enough hours in the day. The challenge of all these roles is that during the hours you choose to work you have too many different things going on at any one time to focus properly. More than likely, your life calls on you to play all nine roles some of the time, but, even so, you are not a blank slate—your personality doesn’t shift and morph according to the demands of every unique situation. The book highlights how to accept your lead role and build your life around it. This doesn’t mean you have to abandon the grand dreams you have for your life, on the contrary, more often than not acceptance is the necessary precondition for discovering exactly how you can live out these dreams. However, acceptance does require a clear head. Finally the book talks about tactics to develop one’s strength. The book underscores that you should give yourself the chance to try out new skills and expose yourself to many opportunities, but channel yourself towards only a few. For, mastery will serve you greatly as you grow. A research-based message that applies to work and life, the book shows one a unified theory for how one really can have it all—the right kind of all.

By Ashok Kumar

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