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Developing Your Strengths

Once you have identified your areas of greatest talent, they need to be developed so they can become a strength.  According to the StrengthsQuest book by Donald Clifton Ph.D., Edward “Chip” Anderson Ph.D.,  and Laurie Schreiner Ph.D., there are seven principles to make the most of your talents, so that you can develop them into strengths:

  1.  Know your talents by taking an assessment such as StrengthsFinder, and then assess each one as to when you have used the talent.
  2. You must value your talents and assume personal responsibility for using them in strengths development.
  3. Talents are most powerful when inspired by a personal mission.
  4. Healthy, caring relationships facilitate the development of strengths.
  5. Reliving your successes helps you develop your strengths.
  6. Practice your talents.
  7. Teaching leads to learning.

For more in–depth information about each of these principles, you can go to the StrengthsQuest website  which has the StrengthsQuest book in its entirety there. 

If you have not taken the Strengths Finder and wish to do so, contact the Advising Success Center.