The Truth About You

Check out this review I wrote of "The Truth About You" by Marcus Buckingham for Thomas Nelson. I finally did it!

With the title "The Truth About You" I expected this book to provide a clear-cut answer to the question “who am I?” Instead it guided me on a journey that ended with ME providing all the answers to that question. Before I continue, I have to say this book isn't just a feel-good-about-yourself read; interaction is required. Actually, “book” is the wrong word - it’s more like a toolkit that includes an interactive book, a DVD to get you motivated, and a note pad to help reveal your strengths.

Marcus Buckingham takes no time making his most important point, you know you best. He cleverly redefines 'self-discovery' by looking in detail at five rules to live by. For instance, Buckingham explains why so many people are unhappy in their work. He explains the difference between abilities and strengths. He gives examples of how weaknesses can even be things in which we excel.

What I appreciated most about this 'toolkit' was that Buckingham didn't sugar coat the advice he gave. He highlighted and emphasized individuality. He encouraged me to own up to my weaknesses and not try to change them.

I am in the process of creating a lesson plan using this kit in my classroom. I teach mostly Juniors and Seniors in an urban high school. I believe completing the activities Buckingham has provided will give them great insight into what gives them strength.

I also think this would be a great gift for motivated graduates at any level. Like I said in the beginning, you can't just read this book and expect an epiphany to occur. It requires action.
Have you read this book? Do you know what your strengths and weaknesses are?


2 Responses to "The Truth About You"

Carolina Mama said... January 28, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Welcome to the blogging world. Oh wait, not sure how long you've been at it. Your husband sent your link from his Twitter. Do you Twtiter? I am Carolina Mama. Greetings. Love your picture on the blog.

patsy said... January 29, 2009 at 11:43 AM

No, I haven't read the book. Sometimes I feel I know my strengths, then someone else will comment to me and then I realize maybe I do not even know the real me. I must add this one to my reading list. Thanks.