Discover Your Strengths

I was watching this course “Cultivate Your Personal Strengths Using Gallup Tools” on pluralsight and on the first few minutes on the course Alice Meredith mentioned a great quote from this book “Now, Discover Your Strengths: How To Develop Your Talents And Those Of The People You Manage

Most organizations are built on two flawed assumptions about people:

(1) Each person can learn to be competent in almost anything.

(2) Each person’s greatest room for growth is in his or her areas of greatest weakness. …

Most organizations take their employees’ strengths for granted and focus on minimizing their weaknesses. They become expert in those areas where their employees struggle, delicately rename these ‘skill gaps’ or ‘areas of opportunity,’ then pack them off to training classes so the weaknesses can be fixed.

I believe that these few lines deserve a whole book to describe, analysis them and give examples.


Thomas Edison, from code complete 2nd edition

When you come up with a first design attempt that seems good enough, don't stop! The second attempt is nearly always better than the first, and you learn things on each attempt that can improve your overall design. After trying a thousand different materials for a light bulb filament with no success, Thomas Edison was reportedly asked if he felt his time had been wasted since he had discovered nothing. "Nonsense," Edison is supposed to have replied. "I have discovered a thousand things that don't work." In many cases, solving the problem with one approach will produce insights that will enable you to solve the problem using another approach that's even better.