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Overview Presents advice for readers on how they can identify their greatest strengths and weaknesses and how this knowledge can be utilized to achieve greater personal and professional success.
An Experience to Revolutionize Your Life from Marcus Buckingham - the World's Leading Expert on Career Success
Want to know what you are supposed to do with your life? "The Truth About You" is an experience to unlock life's toughest questions. The process this revolutionary toolkit teaches will create higher satisfaction and performance in life and work. This cutting-edge product includes:
Enhanced DVD. A high-energy film reveals how and why you must discover and prioritize your strengths and includes access to a wealth of downloadable resources, including five bonus Strength Tip videos.
Interactive Book. With insightful exercises and tried-and-true life wisdom no one else will tell you, the book takes you to the location of your most powerful and unchanging talents.
ReMemo Pad. Designed for a life on-the-go, the ReMemo Pad becomes your companion to complete the task of revealing your strengths using your everyday experiences.
Perfect for high school and college students, young professionals, and people simply wanting to revitalize their career, "The Truth About You" helps you develop the kind of clarity and passion that drives a successful and satisfying future. Marcus Buckingham will help you discover the real truth, the truth about you . . . it will be your secret to success.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Truth about You: Your Secret to Success [With DVD and Note Pad] by Marcus Buckingham has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 10/01/2008 page 50
Library Journal - 04/01/2009 page 56
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.78" Width: 5.66" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1400202264 ISBN13 9781400202263
Availability 0 units.
More About Marcus Buckingham
Marcus Buckingham is a Senior Vice President of The Gallup Organization. He is the main author of the best-selling book First, Break All The Rules. Marcus is a featured speaker at the Washington Speakers bureau and, over the last year, has appeared on, among many others, CNN International, CNBC's Power Lunch, and NPR's Morning Edition. He lives in New York City. Dr. Donald O. Clifton was the chairman emeritus of The Gallup Organization, and the current chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center. Together with Martin Seligman, past president of the American Psychological Association, and Mikhail Czetsentmihaly, author of Flow, he was one of the leaders of the Science of Positive Psychology. He was the chief designer of the StrengthFinder Profile.
Marcus Buckingham currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Truth About You: Your Secret to Success?
Great book for entrepreneurs Mar 22, 2010
The Truth about You is a toolkit of easy to use experiential materials. Don't ever think it is just a regular sort of book to make you think about self improvement.
A lot of people I work with in direct sales are very high energy starters who are much more interested in seeing people than sitting down to read a 200 page self help book. This is a great tool for them. You start with a short DVD that is a very powerful demonstration of the core message of The Truth about You. That is, we are better off spending our time working from our strengths and our passions than trying to fix what's wrong. With the voiceover narrative from Buckingham, it's highly entertaining. I can't imagine anyone watching this and not realizing a core truth for themselves about how much better it would feel to work from your strengths. (I admit it--I've watched the DVD twice.)
After you watch the DVD, read the book. The book picks up where the movie ends, and is an easy to read set of extensions in basic advice and examples for you to look at yourself. The third part of the package is a ReMemo pad to carry around to document the places in your life that are draining (focus on your weaknesses) and the places that come from your core strengths. The ReMemo Pad is small enough to carry in a pocket or purse and is the application of the book to you. It completes the task of revealing your strengths in everyday activities.
For people who are not "book people," The Truth about You is an ideal opportunity to unlock those things you love about yourself. It's fun, entertaining, and easy to complete.
Best For Diehard Buckingham Fans Already Nov 7, 2009
I like Marcus Buckingham and am already familiar with his work. If that describes you too, then The Truth About You is a great refresher of the traditional Buckingham material. If you're new to his stuff, I would start with the meatier Now Discover Your Strengths.
The Truth About You outlines 5 pieces of career advice that are counterintuitive and originally presented. I welcome Buckingham's candid advice for readers to take control of structuring their own day to day jobs and long-term careers -- to identify what they like to do, to identify what companies value (and therefore what you'll be paid to do), to pay attention over the long-term so that you continue doing what you like.
The book is so breezy that it takes just an hour or so to read. It has a companion DVD and special note paper which adds more heft. I don't know if I would have enjoyed the book as much had I not already read several of Buckingham's previous books. I found myself wanting more specific examples and instructions to put the advice into play. But all in all, these are great ideas and well worth the time it takes to read them. This would also be a great book club selection because the ideas lend temselves to open-ended discussion.
A true "Must Read" Oct 30, 2009
Every now and then I come across a really cool book. This is one of them.
he best part of it is that it gives you a whole different way of understanding strengths and weaknesses. Strengths are not necessarily those things you do well, and weaknesses are not necessarily those things you're not good at. Sometimes your biggest greatest weakness appears to be a strength.
For example, I am really good at organizing. I can come into a room, see what's out of place, and figure out how to organize that room into something that functions smoothly. I can also organize people, events, schedules, whatever. You can show me total chaos, and I will create order quickly, and set up a system for maintaining it.
However, I HATE to do it. When I look at a situation that needs that kind of management, I can feel myself actually "deflate". It takes real effort for me to dive in and do the work. I can delegate it well, or draw up a plan to have others do it, and that's fine, but to do it myself? Yikes. This is why my house isn't exactly a poster home for Martha Stewart.
There are other things that really light my fire - like knitting, believe it or not - that I'm really bad at. However, I love the rhythm of knitting, and the fact that you can see progress really quickly (well, others can. I take it out just as often as I knit it up).
The book shows you things you can do to avoid the areas of your weakness as much as possible, and live your life mostly in your strengths. It's written mostly to teenagers, but I got a lot out of it, and wish I had read it when I was MUCH younger. It comes with a DVD and a special notepad to help you get started.
Simple, Quick, Effective... Oct 26, 2009
I love books that help me get better at anything, especially when they bring out a fresh new perspective that I need to hear. It also helps when they are presented in a way that helps to build the lesson into me rather than simply present the information. Such is Buckingham's work.
The whole kit comes with a book, 110 pages, a DVD that is integral to working with the book and a follow on notepad to use over the next few weeks in carrying out the observations and action plans described in the book. The book is snappy and light reading. Each concept has a "here's what you've heard, here's what you really need to do" feel to it. Then it has the instructions on what to do. My suggestion: do what it says.
There are several salient points in the work. Each person who follows the action plans will likely be affected differently. For me it was the idea that I needed to abandon the idea of being a "well rounded person" and get comfortable with my strengths. Then, lead with my strengths and get paid for that knowledge, experience and effectiveness.
I have the fortune of working in both the corporate environment and in the church. The thought of applying an action plan to what I do at church is a little scary. I may need an action plan to implement my action plan. I rate this one worth your time, especially if you are looking for a fresh, simple and effective way to get off center and on track to the success you hope to pursue.
Don't expect any startling advice Sep 17, 2009
This is a thin book in a snappy package, combined with a DVD of the author speaking. He's charming and persuasive (undoubtedly a key to his success) - but the book is nothing new. I didn't garner really anything useful.
The main premise the author is to find out what your strengths are and play to those. This is great advice and the exercises in the book undoubtedly will help some find that.
The book is focused on your career, which is not bad, just not the only human dimension by which people might measure success. People should do rewarding work, and this kit may be helpful finding that. Like anything, to get value from this, you need to do the exercises.