StrengthsFinder Rath Tom

StrengthsFinder Rath Tom
StrengthsFinder Rath Tom

Tom Rath has written four bestsellers in the last decade which have sold millions of copies and made more than appearances on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list He currently leads Gallup s workplace research and leadership consulting business around the world Tom and his family live in Washington DC Tom s latest New York Times bestseller Wellbeing The Five Essential Elements co authored with Jim Harter is based on a global study of what differentiates people who are thriving from those who are not This also features Gallup s new Wellbeing Finder program enabling readers to measure manage and improve their Wellbeing over time Excerpt Reprinted permission All rights reserved THE FALLACY OF THE AMERICAN DREAM Overcoming deficits is an essential part of the fabric of our culture Our movies and folklore are filled with stories of the underdog who beats one in a million odds And this leads us to celebrate those who triumph over their lack of natural ability even more than we recognize those who capitalize on their innate talents As a result millions of people see these heroes as being the epitome of the American Dream and set their sights on conquering major challenges Unfortunately this is taking the path of most resistance A misguided maxim You can be anything you want to be if you just try hard enough Like most people I embraced this maxim at a young age Along with thousands of other kids I spent a good chunk of my childhood trying to be the next Michael Jordan Every day I practiced shooting hoops for three to four hours I went to basketball camps each summer and tried in every way possible to be a great player No matter how hard I worked at it though becoming an NBA star simply wasn t in the cards for me After giving of my effort for more than five years I couldn t even make the junior varsity team Embracing the You can be anything you want to be maxim isn t something we outgrow Similar scenarios play out in the workplace every day A star salesperson thinks she can be a great sales manager with enough effort She interviews other managers to gain insight reads every on management she can find and stays late every night trying to get the job done

 

StrengthsFinder Rath Tom
Publisher: Gallup Press 1st edition February 1 2007 

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