5 of 5: 5 Steps to Kick-Starting Your Top 5

I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” That saying actually drives me crazy, but based on the context of this post, it makes sense.

The StrengthsFinder assessment is a tool, a method of identifying your natural talents and abilities.

Out of all five tips I’ve authored as part of this series, this one has presented itself time and again as the most important. To some, it may seem counterproductive to reveal on a website dedicated to creating strengths evangelists, but I feel that it has to be acknowledged.

And who better to speak up than a person who is building a profession around the realizations within the content of a simple, yet insanely effective, 174 page book.


The number one thing I want you to take away from this blog is that StrengthsFinder is not a magic pill, it will not instantly yield massive riches, it will not repair your broken relationships overnight, and it will not instruct you to quit your job in search of greener pastures.

As more and more people accept the realization that Strengths-based development has helped them focus on a clearer path, there in turn pops up the notion that the assessment is a self-prescribed “cure all.”

Nothing will stunt your development faster than becoming so narrowly focused that you refuse to acknowledge other useful opportunities for personal growth.


It has changed the perception I have of myself as a father, husband, entrepreneur and coach. Over the last six months I’ve embraced my talents, and have used them to create a quality of life that I didn’t know existed. I live every day in an effort to distill my greatest abilities, and focus them on a predetermined goal that will yield massive results! And so far…so good.

But would I say that StrengthsFinder is solely responsible for every ounce of success I’ve mined thus far?


I was, and still am, strongly influenced by its teachings, but it’s not realistic to give an assessment 100% of the credit. It takes an enormous amount of hustle, belief, mentorship, faith and love to persevere through the journey of life.

If your end goal is to create a quality life that’s full of new challenges, victories, awesome relationships and a constant forward momentum toward success, then you should take the assessment. Learn from the information that’s revealed, add it to your toolbox, keep it close at hand and never let the edge go dull.

I have a knife that I was issued in the military when I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It’s been with me for over a decade. I maintain the quality of its blade, oil its hinge and never leave home without it. A sharp knife can provide you with sustenance, but a dull knife will only cause you to work harder.

As you progress in your Strengths Journey I want you to remain aware of new opportunities and tools to facilitate your life’s travels. Open your mind, embrace your natural talents, be happy and never stop pushing forward!

It’s going to take work, time and a massive amount of support. If achieving success was easy, everyone would do it.

It’s hard as Hell!

But something tells me that you’re prepared. And if you’re feeling a little low on confidence, allow me to suggest a great tool to add to your growing arsenal of self-development weapons…


“Helping people like you activate their Strengths since 2001.” ~Andy Sokolovich

I wish you nothing but the best, and I want you to know that I’m proud of you. I am proud that you’ve chosen to invest in your life, to establish yourself as a recognized force in this world, and to embrace the talents you were gifted at birth.

Vivir una vida de fortalezas! (live a life of strengths)


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Andy is a GALLUP-Certified Strengths Coach, and the owner of UnleashStrengths. He lives with his wife, Marlana, and two children, Adelyn & Drew, in the small Midwest town of Clinton, Iowa. he can be reached at [email protected] View all posts by The WOO Warrior

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