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The Truth about You: Your Secret to Success

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  156 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 p
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ebook, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2008)
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Marwa Abdel
It's enough to read one book by Marcus Buckingham. If you liked this book, don't go waste your time reading every other book he has written. They all have the same content with different titles. C'm'n. Don't be fooled. Just pick one, and I recommend this one (The Truth about You) because it has practical tools and other helpful stuff. Ah, and listen to the DVD.

By the way, I translated this book into Arabic and I have a copy.
Meg
Since we are pushing this book at work, I gave it a read. I have to say, the movie is pretty good (although the book then just treads right over the same ground).
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Uplifting homily on finding rewarding work

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
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Cathy Bryant
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Who doesn't want to know the truth about themselves? But the fact of the matter is that no one knows the truth about you except you and God. And that is one of the points this book tries to make (at least the part about knowing the truth about yourself).

This is the second book I've reviewed for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and I chose it because it interested me. I must admit that when I received the book, I was skeptical and cyn
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David A.
I'm surprised that a publisher like Thomas Nelson would publish a book that advises people to "break" the Golden Rule "every day"--not as an act of rebellion but because, apparently, Jesus had some flawed logic. This book is for people born and raised in prosperity who are starting to chafe against the artificial restraints placed on them. As such it's pretty good, actually, except that its starting point is so secondary. The truth about you necessarily includes the truth about the human conditi ...more
Kenny
The premise of this “revolutionary toolkit” is interesting but the execution is uneven at best. There is a suspicious absence of supporting research and references despite the author’s submission of a thesis that is empirically counterintuitive. Instead, Marcus Buckingham relies on his reputation (which he must believe precedes him) as his source of credibility, having interviewed thousands of people who are passionate about their work during his lifetime.

As a result, the written material reads
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Earl
I've always been drawn to self-improvement books. If a book can present a concept in a new and interesting way, I am usually all up on it. It's interesting though how and when a book you've been wanting to read all along suddenly lands in your hands. Marcus Buckingham has made a name for himself with his business-oriented titles (see list below) so I was already familiar with his work. Add to that, "The Truth About You" was packaged with an enhanced DVD and "ReMemo" Pad so I was naturally curiou ...more
Ganesh Ramakrishnan
Everything one needs to know about the Strengths-based Approach has been covered well in the previous two books by Marcus Buckingham, viz., Now Discover Your Strengths, and Go Put Your Strengths To Work. Both the Gallup organization and Marcus Buckingham (former head of Gallup, now an independent consultant evangelizing the Strengths Approach) are making money with this 21st century career development mantra.

Now, Marcus has come out with this tiny little book(let) summarizing the approach, packa
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Bea Bolinger
Although I found it interesting and a fast read I also felt like it was only hinting at good advice. There are things I will work on, like realizing only I can decide what I'm good at and how to get the most from my job (like feelings of fulfillment) because nobody else knows or cares to develop me. And there are things that were helpful, like your weaknesses are not something to spend a lot of time trying to improve - they are your weakness because they weaken you, some basketball player mentio ...more
Molly
I got this book for free and it gave me a headache. He isn't saying anything I don't already know, and I actually disagree with some of the things he said. For example he mentioned that if you tend to compare yourself to others that you can't change it, and I disagree. You can definitively change it in someway. And the DVD is mostly just a rewording of the book.

I don't recommend this book for people who has basic knowledge about being positive, changing bad habits and what not. But I do recommen
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Lalia
I found this book a very useful toolkit on how to develop one’s strengths, as Marcus Buckingham defines them. But I would think that anyone who has not read his earlier books, would not understand how he came to his definition of strengths (simply put, the things you do that make you feel stronger)and how they are useful to people in building their career. His earlier books are full of sound research and case studies behind the development of his “strengths” theory. There are plenty of career t ...more
Lori Clement
Insightful, short read. You can complete the reading in less than a day; to complete all the exercises will take time (some only a few minutes, some a full week). A helpful way to figure out your strengths (not just what you're good at!).

Unless you are familiar with Clifton StrengthsFinder or StrengthsQuest, you may not get the full experience of how to really use the strengths you discover. However, just focusing on figuring out what you really enjoy and are passionate about is a huge step in t
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Becca
Like Now, Discover Your Strengths, this takes you through the steps in, well, discovering your true, detailed strengths. This is a much faster, easier read. All of his books (so far) overlap quite a bit. Same concept, just re-packaged. Along with the video in this one, I think this is a little easier to digest quickly, and the examples are faster / easier to get.
Marjorie Elwood
By one of the authors of Now,Discover Your Strengths, this is a short read best for someone directly out of college. It's a little self-evident for those who have spent time at careers already. There is a good list of questions to help you figure out where your passion lies.
Bill Seitz
I think this could be very valuable for people feeling they haven't found their niche. It's a fresh way of thinking about strenghts and weaknesses, and incrementally making your DayJob less draining.

More extensive notes at:
http://webseitz.fluxent.com/wiki/Trut...
Maria
Read this one about a year ago. Short but insightful book (and companion DVD) - really helped me realize my priorities and what was important to me in my career and life. Nice wake-up call for anyone doing any soul-searching about their career.
Judith
This book includes a CD for tv and the computer and a memo pad.
It's the same subject of ignore your weaknesses and maximize your talents. It's fast reading and to the point.
Harmit Joshi
helps to deal with our conscience .....n makes us believe what pros and cons we have in our soul ......
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Nothing that I haven't seen before, but worded in a different way that might help.
Sandra
Success lite. The dvd that is attached with the book is much better.
Greg
A good snapshot to see if you like his message or not.
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