Disclaimer: This book was not on my original reading list. I was contacted and asked to review the book, which was gifted to me. That does not guarantee a positive review, and my reviews remain 100% my honest opinion.
What ‘The Strengths Book’ is about
As the title suggests, this book is designed to help you identify and understand your strengths. The book also looks at your weaknesses. However, as the book’s title suggests, the content mainly focuses on your strengths.
The book explains how your strengths are formed and explains how you can utilize them in your work and in your life to help you achieve more so that you ultimately become more fulfilled.
For those that read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I am a follower of Gary Vaynerchuk, and a lot of what he teaches is also underwritten in this book.
Firstly, Vaynerchuk talks about being self-aware and knowing what you are good at. The Strengths Book is based on helping you find exactly that.
Secondly, Gary promotes that you should ‘stop doing shit that you hate’, and again, this is echoed in the book. Sally Bibb doesn’t say it in quite that language, but she does explain that life is far too short for you to be frustrated by doing things that do not play to your strengths.
Now I don’t want to dumb this book down, but sometimes I feel as though it’s more about just finding what you enjoy doing. The author explains that if you find what you enjoy doing, you’ll typically identify one of your strengths. Therefore, rather than this being a strengths book, I feel as though it’s more of a ‘what do you enjoy doing?’ book.
‘The Strengths Book’s’ design
It’s a workbook
The first thing that I noticed about this book was that it’s not really a book at all.
It has a hard cardboard cover and the interior is printed in maroon ink. The pages are cut to curve around the corners, and it has a bookmark and an elastic holder. So, essentially, the book is more like a workbook.
You also have to read this book with either a pen or pencil on hand because there are exercises throughout that you need to complete.
Shoot the designer
Although I love the design of this book, there is something that I find very weird.
On pages 28 and 29 there are some exercises for you to carry out, and there are lines for you to make notes. However, you are not required to write anything in order to complete those exercises.
However, on page 40, there are more exercises that do require you to write something, but there’s no space provided for you to do so.
So, when you need to write something, there’s no space, but when you don’t need to write anything, there’s space!
I assume that this is just a little blip from the designer, so we can shoot him over that! However, overall, we can give the designer a pat on the back, because other than this little error, the design of this book is very good.
I should note that not all of the activities contained in the book need you to write something down. Some of them require you to stand up, to act something out, or to think in a certain way to try and help you understand more about your strengths.
I like the way this book has been written because it has been put together like a blog post. What I mean by that is that the paragraphs have been broken up so that they contain no more than two or three sentences.
If you do any type of content marketing, you will be advised to write in this way when you write blog posts because that format is very inviting for the reader. In contrast, when you pick up a standard book, each page is usually filled with text, which can be quite overwhelming.
Who is this book best suited for?
Although this book would be helpful to anyone, I feel that it would be best suited for people who have just finished school and are about to make those important decisions about what they would like to study in further education.
Now, I’m not quite sure how the educational system works over in the US, but here in the UK, at the age of 16, after students have finished their GSCE’s, they get to choose the subjects they want to study for further education. I feel that this book would be perfect for those that are at this point and are about to make those decisions.
The book will help students to understand more about themselves, more about their strengths, more about what they enjoy, and ultimately help them to be true to themselves when they decide what their chosen field of expertise will be.
If you are a parent, or you know a teenager, or if you are a teenager yourself, then this book is going to be worth its weight in gold for you.
My overall thoughts
The book didn’t blow me away and it’s not one that I am going to rave about.
However, I think the book is an interesting read, especially if you are trying to find out what you want to do in life.
I do love the design of the book. I like how it’s more of a workbook and gets you involved as you’re reading. Because the book is only about 130 pages long, it’s not going to take you long to read. Therefore, I think that the time you invest in reading the book and completing the exercises is going to be worth it.
Have you read this book?
This book review is my personal opinion and experience of ‘The Strengths Book’.
If you’ve read this book, share your thoughts in the comments section, and don’t forget to leave your own review in the box below.
The Strengths Book
The first thing that I noticed about this book was that it’s not really like a book at all - it's more like a workbook. I do think that it’s an interesting find and it is going to be very useful to people who are trying to find out what it is that they want to do in life.
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