He said, ‘Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years. Who was the greatest general of all time.' Saint peter quickly responded, 'oh that's a simple questions. It's that man right over there.'
'You must be mistaken,' responded the man, now very perplexed. 'I knew that man on earth, and he was just a common laborer.'
'That’s right my friend,' assured Saint Peter. He would have been the greatest general of all time, if he had been a general.'
Far too many people spend a lifetime headed in the wrong direction. They go not only from the cradle to the cubicle, but then to the casket, without uncovering their greatest talents and potential." (Tom Rath, Strengths Finder 2.0)
So, this year my boss gave our HR team “Strengths Finder 2.0” by: Tom Rath. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a self-help book, which enable you to take a quiz and provides you with your top 5 strengths and all that self-help stuff that come with the territory.
Well, it’s not that I didn’t like the book or didn’t find it helpful but self helps books are what you make of them and I did find some of my results quite interesting, however what grasped my attention and stood with me more than anything else was the excerpt I quoted above.
When I read this it stuck me like a 20-ton brick. It made me re-think a lot and helped me make a lot of decisions and I am sure that there are many more to come!
2011 was a great year and absolutely insane at the same time.There was a promotion, graduation, a dog, more traveling than usual, new discoveries, of course some trial and tribulations with a splash of growth, when all is said and done what a year.
I feel 2011 brought some great new beginnings and 2012 is only going to take them to the next level. There is much more to come. I feel new adventures sneaking around the corner, big decisions and advancement all around! With that being said take in my hit you like a ton of bricks excerpt from Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0...
2012 is going to be a big year,
I can feel it in my veins suckas!!!!
Take this year by the horns and run with it like it’s a million dollars.
Explore. Learn. Expand. Uncover your potential and your greatest talents.
What direction are you headed towards? What’s your potential? What’s your outcome? Are you a general or are you just a common laborer? Just some food for thought as we all begin a New Year!
Happy New Year Everyone!!!
Bring it 2012 I’m ready.