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Have you ever read a book that made you literally start to feel your life changing as you read it? That’s exactly how I felt as I read “How the World Sees You” by Sally Hogshead.
As I was reading, Sally quickly captured my attention and somehow made me feel more like I was actually sitting at a fascinating keynote address, rather than sitting in my cold basement office reading a book.
The book is based around the idea that everybody has a particular couple of strengths that, when used intentionally, makes them fascinating. She goes into intricate detail about how to find your strengths and how to use them to your advantage on the job search or in the workplace. It truly allows you to see yourself how the world sees you, and teaches you that using your strengths — rather than trying to pretend to be something you’re not — is the only way to truly get ahead.
In addition to the book, Sally offers a free online personality quiz on her website. After answering a few quick questions, you’ll know exactly what your top two strengths are, how those strengths work together, and ways you can best use them to your advantage. Take the test now, and tell me what your advantages are in the comments below!
I am a Rockstar — my top two strengths are innovation and passion. According to Sally, this means I am bold, creative, and unorthodox. I love to come up with fresh and innovative ideas. I tend to break the status quo and rebel against the stagnant thought of “that’s how things have always been done.”
What are your top two advantages? How do you fascinate?
Want to take it a little further? She also has a paid program you can use that will help you take a deeper dive into the program and really get the most value out of the Fascination Advantage.
One of my favorite parts of the whole program, however, is actually directed towards hiring managers and others in charge of making personnel decisions in a organization. Sally urges managers to learn the Fascination Advantage of their team members and how those advantages work together. She suggests that once you know the strengths of your team — and how those strengths work together — you’re able to lead more effectively.
She also explains how to effectively use this information when making hiring decisions. If your team is strongly stacked with a certain type, she suggests you may want to hire someone of a different advantage to help even things out. For an example, if your team is filled with the Passion Advantage (who are your outgoing, passionate, creative-types), then you might want to hire someone with a Trust Advantage (who tend to be a bit more calculated and consistent) to keep your team balanced.
Everyone can find life-changing information in this book and the coordinating program — from job seekers, to the happily employed, to the hiring manager, or even the CEO. We’re only a few weeks in to 2019, and I already know that this will be on my list of top 10 books I read this year!
Can’t wait to hear what your top advantages are! Tell me in the comments below.