Why should I take the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment? What’s in it for me?
Gallup created the science of strengths based on more than 50 years of research. The research resulted in the creation of 34 themes, or bundles of talent, that had the power to effectively explain why we do what we do, what we need to do it and why acknowledging our individual strengths is so important to our long-term success.
Gallup research proves that we succeed when we focus on what we do best. When we identify our talents and develop them into strengths, we are more productive, perform better, and are more engaged.
Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment is the first step in helping people identify their talents. StrengthsFinder results give people a way to discuss and develop their unique combination of skills, talents, and knowledge — also known as strengths.
How do I take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment?
You have a few options for taking the assessment.
- You can take the assessment via the Gallup Strengths Center here for $15. With this purchase, you can download the e-book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.
- You can purchase the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 from Amazon. When you purchase the book, you will receive your own code to take the StrengthsFinder assessment. The Kindle version of the book is $13.97 (as of November 18, 2015).
- You can also take a full assessment here that will show you your ranking of all 34 strengths.
What do I do with the results of my StrengthsFinder assessment?
Gallup will provide you with a detailed report explaining your results. You may wonder “what do I do with this information?”
This is where I come in as your strengths-based coach. I will work with you to:
- understand your strengths profile
- gain awareness and appreciation of your talents
- develop an action plan to determine how you can apply your strengths to bring more clarity and joy into your life
Are you ready discover your strengths and collaborate with me to create more joy in your life?
Please email me at email@example.com to schedule a complimentary discovery session.
Last week, I had the great pleasure and honor of joining the strengths-based podcast “Theme Addicts” as their guest. We talked about my own strengths journey, my move to Kauai, and had a lot of fun!
I would be thrilled if you would listen to the podcast and share it with others who may find it interesting.
I first learned about the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment nine years ago when I worked in a global knowledge management role. I learned a lot about myself through the assessment and immediately became interested in helping others find more joy and contentment in their lives using the StrengthsFinder assessment as a starting point.
In February, 2015 I launched my own strengths-based coaching practice. I strive to be a beacon of light for my clients, helping them navigate the steps and overcome the challenges to create more joy in their lives.
Are you interested in learning more about your strengths and how you can get unstuck and bring more joy into your life?
I offer complimentary Discovery sessions for anyone interested in exploring what it would look like to participate in one of my coaching programs. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
From the Gallup Strengths Center website: “Strengths are the unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills that every person possesses. People use these innate traits and abilities in their daily lives to complete their work, to relate with others, and to achieve their goals. But most people don’t know what their strengths are or have the opportunity to use them to their advantage.
People who do focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs. They are more productive too, both individually and in teams. And they are more than three times as likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.”
The seas of change are rolling in. I am moving to a new place on Kauai. It turns out that they lady who rented to me is not the real owner of the property where I’ve been living for the last three months. She’s been renting the entire property (multiple structures) for 40 years! The property got handed down to a brother and sister who live on the mainland. They came here to visit over a month ago and realized that the person who rented to me has been mis-managing the property. For legal reasons, I won’t go into the details here. The result of the mis-management is the owners have decided to evict the woman who rented to me as of Oct 15. The owners said I could stay until the end of my lease in January; however, all of the furniture and everything in my apartment belongs to the woman who rented to me. All the furniture and even the appliances, counter tops, everything. I don’t want anything to do with all of this negative energy and drama!
I started looking for a new place last week. Through a close friend, I found a lovely place up in an area called Wainiha. If you look at the map of Kauai, it’s about 10 minutes beyond Hanalei on the North Shore. I’m spending a lot more time in Hanalei now, so this location makes sense for me. The North Shore is truly magical. There are many beaches and hiking trails in the area. I’m looking forward to more snorkeling with sea turtles!
I have until Oct 15 to be out of my current place, so I’ve given myself a few days to get everything moved. I’ll have two housemates and there are other people who live on the same property in other cabins. The couple who lives in the basement apartment below me have a plot on a farm where they raise sheep and pigs and grow a bunch of different vegetables. They’ve already invited me to come visit their farm and learn more about organic farming. One of my housemates is also a life coach/mentor and a graphic designer. He’s very open and friendly. I’m excited that we have several dogs and a 4 month old puppy who live on the property too. I’m excited about this new experience of communal living!
Here are a few photos:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write this blog post as a tribute to my friend and my inspiration, the late Scott Dinsmore. Many of you have heard me talk about Scott and how much he’s inspired me over the years. I first discovered Scott when he had a blog called Reading For Your Success where he wrote reviews about personal development books. I felt an instant connection with him and followed him from then on. He joked that when he first started his blog he only had 10 followers and they were his family and close friends. Scott had a vision of how together, we can all change the world by doing work we love, work that matters to us and how important it is to surround ourselves with the people who can help make it possible. He started his own business called Live Your Legend and built a massive global community around his vision.
Every online entrepreneur person I’ve ever connected with started with Scott. When Scott first started talking about creating Live Your Legend local groups, I immediately raised my hand to host the Atlanta group knowing that anything I could do to help spread Scott‘s inspiring vision would be amazing! The day we had our first global LYLL meet up (January 7, 2014) changed the trajectory of my life in so many ways. This past February, I quit my corporate job, sold my house in Atlanta, and traveled across the country, culminating at the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon where I met quite a few LYL community members. And then I decided to move to Kauai, Hawaii realizing how important it was for me to focus on my own health and wellness before I could effectively coach others on living healthy and happy lives. I wouldn’t be here in Kauai today if it wasn’t for Scott.
I’m borrowing some content throughout this post from my friend Mike Gonclaves’ blog post about Scott since what he wrote resonated so much for me (thanks Mike).
Living His Legend
Scott and his wife, Chelsea, were 8 months into a trip of a lifetime – a one year trip around the world they had been planning for years. They created a plan to visit all of the Live Your Legend local chapters around the world. They shared so many lovely photos and stories from all of the interesting places they visited. Scott especially loved staying in small fishing villages and shared stories about how friendly and welcoming the locals were.
While attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Chelsea, a freak accident (rock slide) claimed Scott’s life. As sad as I am about Scott’s death, I can only imagine the pain and hurt that Chelsea and their family and close friends must be feeling right now. My heart goes out to them.
Inspiring us with his genuine zest for life
Scott was so excited when he got the opportunity to do a TEDx talk. His talk, How to Find an Do Work You Love, now has nearly 3 million views. And for good reason! I highly encourage you to spend 17 minutes watching it and dare you to walk away without being inspired!
Scott’s enthusiasm for what he believed was infectious
Settling for the status quo seemed to never be an option with Scott. He had a knack for motivating and inspiring people, myself included, to find work they were meant to do, work that mattered to them. I’ve been passionate about helping people create meaningful careers since my early twenties, so when I discovered Scott and realized he shared my passion, I was thrilled. He created this creed of Living Legends. I had this creed made into a poster and hung it on my kitchen wall where I could see it every day and remind myself.
His humility was incredible
I met Scott in person for the first time in July 2013 at my first World Domination Summit at a meet up he organized for our Live Your Legend community. He was so down to earth and friendly with me – with everyone there! He made us all feel so at home and immediately part of a real community. When I became an LYL local host in late 2013, we had multiple online calls with Scott where we all used our web cams. I’ll never forget his excitement when he saw my face, greeted me and thanked me with such genuine feelings for agreeing to host our Atlanta chapter of LYL. No matter what craziness was going on in my life, talking with Scott and reading his posts always made me smile and rejuvenated me.
Finding the work we can’t not do
Scott always talked about the power in finding the work we can’t not do. I’m more committed now than ever before to live my legend – to be a positive influence on the lives of others – to be a lighthouse shining as a beacon to help people navigate and find their strengths and figure out how to put their strengths to work in meaningful ways in their lives.
So Much Love
It warms my heart to see and read all of the stories, pictures, and personal messages from everyone who was in some way or another, touched, inspired, or affected by who Scott was, the way he lived, and all that he created.
I’ve been glued to his Facebook tribute page, reading the surge of messages that continue to pour in honoring him and the legacy he leaves behind and responding to as many people as possible so I can connect with them and foster our sense of community.
Many people have also written heart felt tributes. Here’s just a few of them:
You’re Awesome Scott Dinsmore – I’ll Never Forget You by Mike Goncalves
Scott Dinsmore, I Will Miss You Forever by Corbett Barr
Scott Dinsmore, I Miss You Bro by Jonathan Mead
Scott Dinsmore, I Miss You Deeply by Leo Babauta
When An Internet Friend Dies by Chase Reeves
Scott Dinsmore by Tynan
29 Ways to Live Your Legend Now – A Tribute to Scott Dinsmore by Natalie Sisson
Live Your Legend – For Scott by Jenny Blake
Family & Friends
My deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to his wife Chelsea, her family, Scott’s family, and all of the LYL communities that span the globe.
Live Your Legend
I think the best way we can honor Scott now is for each of us find our passions and live our legends – challenging what’s possible and treating every day as an opportunity to appreciate everything we have and to be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Scott, you will always live on in my heart.
It’s hard to believe I’ve already been here almost two weeks! I spent the first week getting settled in my apartment, and still have a ways to go! The place came furnished, but no desk. They probably weren’t expecting anyone to come here and work! I just bought a desk at Costco which I’ll put together soon.
I’m grateful for all of the farmer’s markets and health food stores on the island. On certain days of the week, farmers will also park on the side of the road and sell their produce. There’s a farm on the island that grows and sells Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple which is the most delicious white pineapple I’ve ever tasted. Last week I stopped on the side of the road and bought one pineapple from their stand.
I finally bought a Vitamix this past May and used it on my road trip across the country. I shipped it to Kauai which some might say was kind of crazy given the cost, but it’s definitely worth it! I’m learning how to make all kinds of delicious things and experimenting on my own with it. I brought the pineapple home, sliced it up and mixed it with locally-grown mint, almond milk (the only thing not from Kauai), and ice. It turned out great – very light and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. Here’s my end result on my lanai overlooking the ocean.
I’m making a big effort to improve my cooking skills, my comfort level in the kitchen, and also how to make healthy meals using as many local ingredients as possible. I’ve eaten more fruits, vegetables and nuts in the past two weeks than I have in a month and a half. I just started working with my trainer again too. A big part of my journey is for me to take the time and prioritize my life to take better care of myself.
Aloha! It’s 5:30pm Hawaiian-Aleutian time here in Anahola, Kauai (6 hours earlier than Eastern time). I’m happily relaxing on my lanai at my new apartment after a long day of traveling.
I left my Air BnB at 6:30am Pacific time and took Uber to the airport. The Uber driver was extremely friendly and it only cost me $33 which is a lot less than a taxi would have cost! He helped me with my luggage and everything.
I thankfully was able to sleep almost the entire flight over to Kauai. This was so nice because I’ve been staying up pretty late every night this week trying to get all the last minute packing and purging done.
I’m grateful for the warm welcome from my friends, Allison and Chris, who invited me over to their house for dinner tonight. Knowing I have friends and like-minded community here on Kauai is a big part of what made me decide to move here. I am confident that living here will provide a great support system for me to work on building healthy, sustainable habits for myself which I can there incorporate into my wellness and career coaching work.
My apartment is on the second story above a garage in the Anahola neighborhood of Kauai. Here’s the view from my lanai of the apartment. It’s about 500 square feet inside with a 200 square foot lanai outside. I also have full use of the yard area which is right on the ocean and has several hammocks, chaise lounges, and a picnic table.
Many of you have already expressed an interest in coming to visit sometime in the next six months. My landlord has several cabins here on the same property and would be glad to rent them out to anyone who wants to visit. My advice is to start thinking about timing so you can book something before these cabins get filled up.
My landlord owns a 5 acre organic farm that’s about 10 minutes away. I’m looking forward to helping with some of the farm work in trade for some of the produce!
Apparently the universe decided that I needed a little more excitement in my life before leaving for Kauai on Friday. As I mentioned, I’m staying at an Air BnB in Long Beach – Belmont Shore to be exact. It’s a lovely area with great access to restaurants and shops within walking distance. However, parking is a challenge here. There’s no designated parking for the place where I’m staying. It’s all street parking.
Today I was totally focused on packing boxes to ship from the local post office since I have to deliver my car to the shipping terminal on Thursday by 3:30pm. I was hesitant to give up my street parking space in order to go to the post office, but what’s a girl to do? I wasn’t about to carry them to the post office on foot (even though it’s within walking distance when not carrying boxes). So I drove to the post office and then hunted down a new parking spot when I got back.
I went inside and continued my purging and packing activities. Worn out, I took an hour nap then woke up with plans to go to Macy’s to return some clothes that are too big (yay) before leaving for Kauai. Imagine my surprise when I walked out to the street and didn’t see my car where I thought I had left it. At first I thought I must just be confused and tired from my nap. I walked all the way up and down both sides of the street clicking my remote control and hoping to see those lights flashing.
I had a brief moment of panic thinking that my car had been stolen! Then I remembered the exact place I had parked and noticed that spot was empty…hmmm…not a good sign! I looked down and realized that when I had parked there a few hours earlier, I had blocked someone’s driveway! I parked on the right side of the street, got out my driver’s side door and then walked across the street to my Air BnB apartment. I never looked at the passenger side of the car to notice the little cut out for the driveway.
So, there I stood wondering how on earth to discover who had towed my car and how to find it again! Right at that exact moment, my mom called, like the Psychic Friends Network! It was 11:15pm in Atlanta. And somehow she knew that I needed an encouraging word right at that moment! We decided I should knock on the door of the house right there and see if they had indeed had my car towed. I hung up with mom and hesitantly walked to the front door. They were the sweetest older couple and invited me in to wait while they got the phone number of the towing company for me. They apologized for having my car towed, even though it was obviously my fault for not realizing I was blocking their driveway. The woman felt bad because she said it would be expensive to get it back.
While I wasn’t thrilled that my car had been towed, I was very grateful to know it hadn’t been stolen!! I called the number they gave me and found out that it would be even more expensive to fetch the car after hours. To pick it up tomorrow morning will cost me over $200!! I had no idea it was that expensive. Back in Atlanta, if you park illegally, you usually get “booted” and it’s about $75 to get the boot removed. Of course, I’ve never blocked someone’s driveway before!
Now the craziest part about all of this is that I’m supposed to deliver the car to the shipping company by 3:30pm tomorrow! So, I’ll literally pick the car up from the impound lot in the morning, run my last few errands (shipping more boxes), and then drop the car off to be shipped! It’s somewhat ironic that this happened right before my departure for Kauai! The silver lining is that at least I had taken all of my belongings out of the car to organize, purge, and pack before the car was towed. If everything had still been in the car, I would be changing my flight!
My adventures continue!
It’s hard to believe that I wrote my last blog post in early June when I was driving through New Mexico. I had every intention of blogging about my travels on a regular basis. It was harder than I thought! I found it was easier for me to journal in my paper journal instead of blogging, partly because I took my journal with me everywhere, and I still like the way it feels to write instead of typing.
I’m grateful for so many adventures over the past few months. At some point, I will share some of my favorite highlights of the last month and a half here.
For today, I want to focus on where I am and how I’m feeling right now. When I left Atlanta at the end of May I wasn’t sure where I was going to settle next. Part of my road trip was all about visiting multiple areas of the country to get a feel for the vibe in each place. In early June, I came to the realization that Kauai was calling to me once again. I was the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life when I was living in Kauai. I love the energy there and having so much easy access to nature – both the ocean and the mountains. The people I rented from in May in Anahola, Kauai have a studio apartment on their property. It’s perfect for me! I’ll be renting the apartment for the next six months.
I leave this Friday to return to Kauai. While I’m thrilled about my return trip, I still have so much to do before I leave. I left Atlanta with my Ford C-Max full to the brim with stuff. My plan was to go through everything and sort and purge while I was traveling around the country. I made a small dent, but kept letting myself be distracted by all of the more fun things like exploring each town, spending time with friends, and out in nature. So, now I’m in Long Beach, CA staying at an Air BnB with 2 days to sort, purge and box up the remainder of my stuff before I have to drop off the car for shipping on Thursday by 4pm Pacific. Why is it that I seem to work better when I have a deadline for something? I suppose that’s true for many of us! The moving companies have a one thousand pound minimum for shipping things to Kauai. I don’t have anywhere near that much stuff because the apartment is furnished. I’ll be shipping a few things through the US Post Office and UPS. Unfortunately they won’t let me ship anything in the car for liability reasons.
It’s been harder for me to maintain my healthy habits on the road than I thought it would be. For the first two weeks on the road, I was doing a good job brining my Vitamix into the hotels and making protein shakes in the morning for breakfast to ensure I was at least getting some basic nutrition. That got old after a few weeks. I found myself eating fast food with increasing regularity. I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m not going to judge my food decisions. I’m simply going to observe and evaluate them like a scientist would their science experiment. I won’t make excuses. But I also won’t criticize myself. It is what it is. My sugar cravings have come back with a vengeance.
Today, I ate the most healthy and delicious food I’ve had in weeks. There’s an amazing Lebanese restaurant in Long Beach called Open Sesame. They had the best lentil soup and tabbouleh I’ve had in my life. All of the ingredients were so fresh and satisfying. Eating there reminded me about how good I feel when I’m making nourishing food choices!
I had my first “not-so-fun” Air BnB experience last night. Hotels in California are very expensive – the most expensive I’ve seen on my travels. Even your basic Hampton Inn is over $200 a night not including tax. That adds up quickly! So I’ve tried to find Air BnB places where possible. Long Beach didn’t have a lot of options. The place where I stayed last night was in a very old building. No A/C (which is pretty typical out here), but then no screens on the windows. This resulted in bugs coming in the house. It was also on a main road with a lot of traffic. When I tried to go to bed, I heard so much street noise and I felt as though bugs were eating me alive. I was wishing for a mosquito net! I couldn’t sleep and got up after an hour and started searching for somewhere else to stay for the rest of the week. Thankfully I found another small studio apartment through Air BnB in a much nicer part of town – walking distance to shops, restaurants, the post office and the UPS store! Perfect for my current situation.
I’m full of gratitude for all of the adventures I’ve had so far and the new adventures yet to come in my next chapter of life waiting to be written on Kauai!
Choosing to drive across the country is definitely an undertaking! I stopped my first night in Memphis, night 2 in Ft. Worth, and night 3 in El Paso, TX. I’ve heard people say that it takes an entire day to drive across TX, but you don’t really understand that until you do it!
Today started off with a fantastic visit with my cousin, Russell, and his sweet family in El Paso. It turns out they all became vegan last October when his daughter had a lump in her leg. The change in diet helped them all feel so much better, and her lump went away on its own. We had great conversation about all the things we’re learning as we experiment with healthy eating.
I crossed the border into New Mexico and made lunch at the rest stop from the car (black bean salad).
When I started the car, the check engine light came on. Now what you want to see when you’re crossing the country! I stopped first at Jiffy Lube because they were the last ones to service my car with an oil change. Their machine couldn’t read the diagnostic code, so they sent me to another place. They couldn’t read the code either, so they sent me to the Ford dealership (I have a Ford C-Max hybrid). Turns out my coolant container was completely empty! The technician showed me that the lid was not secured so the fluid was coming out the top. They started filling it up, only to discover a leak in the line. So, it’s 2:20pm Mountain time, and I’m sitting at a Ford dealership in New Mexico. I’m grateful that my car didn’t die in an isolated part of New Mexico or Arizona. That said, this is putting a cramp in my plan of driving all the way to Joshua Tree National Park in California today.
Good thing I have some cushion in my schedule. My retreat starts at 5pm Pacific on Friday in Carlsbad, CA. I’m extremely excited about the retreat and the chance to see another cousin and his lovely family. We’re going to the San Diego Zoo together – can’t wait to meet the baby giraffe, hippo, and lemur!