The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success

The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success

by Marcus Buckingham

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EvaUlian More than 1 year ago
Do Yourself a Favour
Marcus Buckingham: The Truth About You

If you are starting out in your work life or are not satisfied with the work life you have landed yourself in, which is quite a wide spectrum of the work force, then do yourself a favour and read ¿The Truth About You.¿

The book is enticing because if you follow it and put it into practice, it really does gnaw out the malignancy of that overhanging cloud that comes over quite a lot of us on Monday mornings. The book, however, does not take you to the ¿Promised Land¿, so don¿t be deceived, but because it gives you practical exercises to do, it will take you half-way there, provided you put those exercises into practice.

I say half-way because it is not realistic to presume that all your dreams may be fulfilled by learning certain mechanisms and that these mechanisms will take you directly to a job that was conceived, packed and wrapped just for you. But what this book does help you to do is provide the tools for you to create and build the job that fits just you.

One of the things that burden most our lives is making decisions. Knowing what really makes you tick is an advantage to anyone, at whatever stage or age people are because when you have to make a decision you are no longer stumped. Your decision, because you know what you really want and not what you thought you wanted, will therefore, always be to your advantage.
wiseasgandalf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marcus Buckingham is great at putting a life-transforming concept into a simple, doable package with zing.In his latest offering, The Truth About You, he returns to his core message: Learn Your Strengths. In the package is a 20 minute DVD, a book, and a memo pad. The DVD is a well produced film that dynamically drives home both the importance and the process of learning your strengths and then having the courage to order your life by them. Buckingham is an arresting speaker and he is in top form in the video.The Truth About You book is a short read but is one you¿ll take plenty of notes on which reinforces the film¿s message about strengths, describes Buckingham¿s model of finding strengths, and has several chapters on how to practically apply a knowledge of your strengths to your work environment.The last part of the package is a little memo pad to record your strengths. Basically, Buckingham tells you to take the memo pad with you wherever you go for a week and jot down activities that you feel strong doing, and then use that as the basis for defining your own key strengths. Even though I had done a lot of work in the past few years at identifying my strengths, I actually found the exercise to be enlightening and empowering.I really liked this package. It would be useful for anyone from teens trying to gain direction as to career choice to the person dissatisfied in their current job and wanting to get a better ¿fit¿ to the person wanting to really optimize his joy & his performance in a position that is already a good fit. My only criticism is the inflated price: if the publisher had simply marketed a paperback book and then linked to a website video it could have been much more affordable.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Marcus Buckingham is a popular author of career advice that is upbeat, if a bit obvious. In this book, he encourages job seekers to focus on their strengths so they can find positions that suit them well. Buckingham provides five tips that he calls the "best advice you'll ever get." He lists them, explains them and lists them again to really reinforce them. This workbook even comes with a writing pad to make it easy for you to do the exercises Buckingham suggests. The advice will sound familiar if you have read his previous books, but if you're stuck in a dead-end job, he explains how and where to start making changes. Buckingham writes for meek and inexperienced people, for job beginners and people who have stopped believing that a job can be fun. If a pep talk would spur you to ditch that painful pencil-pushing position and find something you're glad to go do when you get up every morning, getAbstract suggests reading this book with your morning coffee.
mcfitzie42 More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't it be great if the majority of the time we spend at work was spent doing things that energize us, and not sap us, to the point of truly looking forward to going to work? In Marcus Buckingham's book, The Truth About You, he addresses this very question. In this interactive work (there is a DVD and a Strengths / Weaknesses journal), Buckingham addresses many of the same arguments that he has in his other works: it's a myth that you should try to develop your weaknesses, strengths are not what you are good at but what you draw energy from, and you employer did not hire you for who you are, but what you can do for them, to name a few. Also, he gives practical ways to help discover your strengths without taking the test, as well as practical tips to help design your job around your strengths. This is a great book! I love everything I've read of his. What made this stand out was, 1) how interactive it is, 2) how quick/easy of a read it is, and 3) how practical it is. The thing I have missed from his other books is how to take your strengths and actually apply them in your present job. That is not missing from this one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a job since, if what he writes is put into practice, your job will become a more fulfilling place. I am a member of the Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program:
JohnElzinga More than 1 year ago
I love all of Marcus Buckingham's books. I have used them in my coaching practice, and have referenced his work in my own book; Sailing The Seven Seas of Life. In this book Marcus finally drills down to a fundamental question that I think haunts his previous work: What if you can't find the ideal job, and what if you want to keep the job you have; then what do you do to maximize your strengths? I will leave you to find the answer in this short work, but it's worth the purchase to find the won't regret it. John Elzinga
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BNagel More than 1 year ago
Thomas Nelson has set up a fantastic program called Book Review Bloggers. Any blogger can sign up and receive review copies of current books with the commitment to post two reviews. This is my review of The Truth About You by Marcus Buckingham.

Rating: 4 out of 5 thumbs up.

Visually very eye-catching. The cover is reflective metallic silver with the title in white opaque block lettering. The printed material is only 110 pages long, but the ¿revolutionary toolkit¿ appears twice as thick. The toolkit includes a 20 minute DVD and a small memo pad.

Buckingham presents us with a challenging experience. This ¿toolkit¿ is not feel-good self-help, but based in self-realization and self-actualization. In other words, it¿s not just a book, but a workbook that requires time, effort and commitment. The text does not suggest, but demands.

The chapters are short and to the point, rich in detail and example. Buckingham creates his own specific language: ¿Strengths path,¿ ¿strengths,¿ ¿weaknesses.¿ He convincingly re-defines the job interview favorites ¿strength¿ and ¿weakness¿ as `that which leaves you stronger¿ and ¿that which leaves you weaker,¿ respectively.

Because I read tee book over the holidays, I was unable to implement the ReMemo Pad in the work environment, but I believe that it would be revealing to note the specific occurrences of ¿strength¿ and ¿weakness.¿

Overall, the toolkit is visually appealing and catchy. The experience is challenging, but not daunting. It would make a good gift for the graduate, the job seeker or the disgruntledly employed.
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MikeG More than 1 year ago
Let me clarify at the outset ¿ I was prepared to not like The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success. For those who know me this will come as a surprise because I¿m constantly recommending Buckingham¿s other books.

Why doubts about his newest? I hate the ¿story¿ fad whereby CEOs, leadership gurus, and academicians package their principles in pithy politically correct parables. I confess to purchasing all of Patrick Lencioni¿s and Ken Blanchard¿s books but only reading the final twenty pages in order to get to the ¿meat.¿

However, a couple of things made me approach The Truth About You differently. For one, I¿ve heard Marcus speak numerous times so I found myself silently reading the book in a strange British accent. It was uncanny. I felt like Marcus was reading the book to me.

Second, the hodgepodge of DVD, book, and rememo notebook make me feel like I was a ten-year old in art class; all that was missing was the Play-Doh. The interaction required was simple enough not to be a burden yet profound enough to actually challenge. Tasking with the rememo notebook was fun and shockingly eyeopening.

The principles? Solid Marcus Buckingham. The potential for life-change from this 20-minute DVD, 100-page book, and 50-page blank notebook is huge.

Now, go find out the truth about yourself.
Michael33 More than 1 year ago
In The Truth About You: Your Success, Marcus Buckingham leads the reader down an interestingly unique course of vocational advice. More of a self-improvement program than a self-help book, Marcus uses different mediums to ingrain his methods into the reader. Through the use of a motivational DVD, a one hundred page booklet, and the handy ReMemo Pad, Marcus tries to reorganize the categories we have for our weaknesses and our strengths while showing how we can use this knowledge to put us on the correct path for our future. The five pieces of advice he gives that break the booklet up into its chapters are somewhat loud and countercultural, but through the chapter length explanations their importance stands out.

1: Performance is always the point.
2: Your strengths aren¿t what you are good at, and your weaknesses aren¿t what you are bad at.
3: When it comes to your job, the What always trumps the Why and the Who.
4: You¿ll never find the perfect job.
5: You¿ll never turn your weaknesses into strengths.

The whole of the program is interesting and engaging. It strives for, and accomplishes, keeping you active and attentive. The packaging of the product itself is also quite eye-catching, something that will stand out on the shelf and hopefully attract curious grazers. The content certainly seems to be of great value if one puts it into effective. On the downside, the booklet is disappointingly short. Coupled with the length of the activities described within, this leads to some confusion and a possibility of losing interest. Also, closer to my heart, the lessons in the program may not necessarily jive with Christian teaching. Thomas Nelson is usually a producer of faith centered works of literature but this particular book seems to run against the Christian ideas found in scripture, most notably in its materialistic focus and its misuse of the so called Golden Rule (Leviticus 19).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say that for the most part, I thought it was nice book to read.
Although it was quite a bit different format than the previous books that he's written, I enjoyed the new look as well as his new take on things. As both an accomplished speaker and writer, Marcus always has some helpful new insight and thoughts to share, especially when it comes to the area's of business and personal development.

thought that the book itself had some really good, life applicable, content...however, it is very short and some parts were a little elementary and would probably better suit high school and college students, or even just a younger audience in general Which brings me to my final thought on the book...I think that this is a great tool not only for self help and personal growth, but something that could possibly be used as a curriculum in a class or small group setting. I would say that it's definitely worth checking out

The book is an "interactive book", which I wasn't sure what that meant when I started reading it. I expected the book and the DVD to work in tandem with each other, to be weaved into use more. After watching the DVD before reading the book, the DVD is referenced but not used again. An interactive book, in this case, means the book, while mostly text to read, does include various prompts with space for you to write a response.
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Bubba_Smith53 More than 1 year ago
I've heard a lot about the author of this book, Marcus Buckingham, but have never actually picked up any of his work. I recently joined Thomas Nelsons "Book Review Bloggers" initiative where you receive free books if you commit to writing a 200+ word review on them. The first book I requested was "The Truth About You". I choose the book because I have become a student of myself. I think it's important we learn about ourselves. What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses? I was hoping this book would help me in the process.

When I got the book, I found out that it is more than a book. It is an experience! It comes with a DVD to watch, a book, and a "re-memo" pad.

The DVD takes you through 3 myths that Marcus Buckingham says people buy into in life.

Three Myths People Buy into in Life:

1. Your personality changes as you get older
2. If you want to grow - don't rely on your strengths- work on your weaknesses.
3. The best teams have well rounded people playing all the roles well.

He takes each of these myths and breaks them down, explaining why they're myths, then tells the truth about those areas.
The Best Advice You'll Ever Get

In the book Marcus teaches you 5 principles that he says is the best advice you'll ever get:

1. Performance is always the point
2. Your strengths aren't what you're good at, and your weaknesses aren't what you're bad at
3. When it comes to your job, the "What" always trumps the "Why" and "Who"
4. You'll never find the perfect job
5. You'll never turn your weaknesses into strengths

The biggest take away from the book for me was that strengths are anything activities that make you feel stronger. Of course this would mean that your weaknesses are any activities that make you feel weaker. We often think just because we're good at something means it is a strength - but there are a ton of people who are good at things they hate - you can't consider that a strength could you?


Marcus then challenges you to take the rememo pad and anytime you're doing something you feel strengthens you - write it down and to do the same thing with things that weaken you for an entire week. At the end of the week take both the strengths and weaknesses and try to come up with 3 strength and weakness statements - be specific! This is a great approach of learning your strengths and weaknesses.

Overall, I would definitely recommend reading this book. It can be read in one sitting, the DVD is only 24 minutes long, and the application of the principles will add a ton of value to your life.

Final Grade: A+
chrisredding More than 1 year ago
The Truth About You ¿ Your Secret to Success by Marcus Buckingham

Marcus¿ Buckingham¿s latest book is a multimedia event.
The book comes with a notepad, the book itself and a video. You read the first chapter then you look at the video which is narrated by Buckingham himself. The author has been a consultant to Toyota and Coca Cola according to his biography so he probably knows all about success.
First the video. In the video we see the story of a boy named Ewan who played trumpet in the school band. No matter how much he tried to persuade his band director that he didn¿t want to play trumpet the director didn¿t listen. So Ewan took things into his own hands and found a replacement to play trumpet. He now plays drums. Why? Because he felt his strength was in playing the drum not the trumpet.
What Buckingham wants us to take away from this video is that your weaknesses are not necessarily what you aren¿t good at. You may be very good at something, just not like doing it. It makes you weak.
Buckingham goes onto dispel some myths for example that you should work on your weaknesses. He insists you need to work on your strengths and either farm out things you are weak at, or make them a small part of your day/job.
The notepad is to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Buckingham suggests you spend a weak jotting down what makes you strong. What gets you jazzed. That¿s how you¿ll know your strengths.
Buckingham also suggests that you do the same for the things that drain you of energy. These are your weaknesses.
Many people will give you advice and Buckingham warns against taking some of that advice.
All in all, I found the book to be a refreshing change to most of the books on success. The author isn¿t trying to get you to change, he¿s trying to get you to work with the person you already are. Though I¿m not in a position to look for a new job, I already am a writer, something that gives me energy, I could see how this book would be useful to someone who was. The author isn¿t asking you to adopt habits contrary to your being, but instead work on developing and growing within the framework of your strengths. I think this book would make a great gift for anyone graduating from college.
costina More than 1 year ago
It is hard to write just about the book The Truth About You (without including the personal stories and conclusions you come across when going throught it), just as it is hard to call it a book. It is more like a workbook for the self. Starting from a twenty minutes film, the book continues to the choice of one¿s path in life.
We all strive to get by in life, doing the shoulds that we should, even if sometimes this implies sacrificing what we like, what drives and inspires us, in favour of more immediate and practical results.
There are three truths to be regarded as the building blocks of one¿s success in life. Although they may sound intriguing at first, I came to readily understand the reasoning behind them. I shall leave you the pleasure to discover and debate them.
Most of the (work)book is structured around five ideas presented as ¿the best advice you¿ll ever get¿. The first piece of advice (Performance is always the point) I found the most useful, as it provides hands-on tools to answering the question about what we would like to do in life. I also found particularly attractive and intriguing the final piece of advice, about discovering and dealing with one¿s weaknesses.
The book encloses a blocknotes, as well as special sections to be used just like a workbook, so that, when you are done going through it, there is a strong feeling of involvement, and one can hardly say he or she read a book, but rather made some decisions about their lives.
Mark_White More than 1 year ago
At first glance Marcus Buckingham¿s latest book, ¿The Truth About You - Your Secret to Success¿, looks to be a quick read at 110 pages. But for those who think of themselves as students of the personal growth genre, this book stands out for all the right reasons. First, when I say `book¿, I actually mean more than just print on paper. The Truth About You comes with a 22 minute DVD and a ReMemo Pad, which along with the ideas captured in the book section make this a true toolkit for finding your strengths. There is a method to Buckingham¿s genius. First, watch the video, which consists of a short story of young musician unhappy in his current situation. Secondly, read the book and do the quick exercises in each chapter. Lastly you¿re given an assignment to record your likes and dislikes over the next two weeks. The author¿s clever use of an audio-free movie along with his commentary, make what could easily be a distraction a well presented prelude to the book.

The premise of The Truth About You is based around the idea that if you focus on the tasks which you are naturally gifted and strongest in, you can design you life and job around those strengths. We all have areas were we excel, where we¿re `in the zone¿. This book helps you realize those strengths, and conversely weaknesses, so you can better map out your path to success. Don¿t be fooled by the simple and casual tone of the writing, the underlying thread and theory is solid.

Along the way Mr. Buckingham breaks down a few business cliches including why there is no ¿I¿ in team and why working on your weaknesses is futile. Overall a quick but very worthwhile read.