Episode #004: Discover How You Can Crush It In Life Using Your Signature Strengths – A Conversation With Dr. Ryan Niemiec

One of the great falsehoods we’ve been led to believe in life is the idea that we must focus only on our weaknesses to succeed in life.  The need to identify and correct weaknesses shows up just about everywhere we look.  Think about the last job interview you had, I bet they asked about a weakness.  Or think about growing up playing sports – you probably had a coach telling you all the wrong ways you were swinging the bat.  In my first performance evaluation, my supervisor spent the first 50 minutes about all the things I needed to improve.

But if we really want to thrive in life – be it at work, in our personal relationships, with our well-being, in sports … anything worth doing – then we should be focusing on our strengths just as much as our weaknesses (if not more).  That’s the overwhelming take home message from the science of character strengths.

Today I speak with Dr. Ryan Niemiec about the science and application of character strengths.  We’ll uncover the best habits and practices of character strengths and discuss key insights.

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS

In today’s episode, Ryan and I discuss:

  • How he came to focus on Character Strengths versus weaknesses
  • His most effective habits and practices for using our Signature Strengths to improve our performance at work and overall well-being
  • Book recommendations to help you thrive
  • And more things!

Ryan’s Latest Book

Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide For Practitioners

Other Great Books by Ryan

Positive Psychology at the Movies 2: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths

Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths

Books Ryan Recommends

The Upside Of Stress:  Why Stress Is Good For You and How To Get Good At It by Kelly McGonigal

Ryan in Action

Check Out These Resources Mentioned

The best place to find out more about Ryan is at his website.

The 24 Character Strengths quick reference guide.

Connect with Ryan on Twitter.

Click to Tweet

To share about this Next Year Now Episode on Twitter quickly and easily, just click the quote below. Your tweet will automatically be populated with this copy:

Workers who were very high in using their strengths were 18 times more likely to be flourishing” – Ryan Niemiec

Leave Us Your Feedback

Comment and Share

Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a one- or two-sentence review in iTunes or on Stitcher.  This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others. I am also mentioning the names of all who rate the podcast with 5 stars in future episodes. To learn how to leave an iTunes review in less than 3 mins, see our easy to follow tutorial.

We encourage you to follow and like the Next Year Now Facebook page.  It’s a community of people exploring how to thrive more in life, as well as fans of the Next Year Now Podcast.

You can tell your friends on Twitter about your love of reading and our new podcast by simply clicking this link and sharing the tweet you’ll find at the other end.

And, by all means, if you know someone you think would benefit, please spread the word by using the share buttons on this page.

Finally, thanks for listening and I’ll see you next time!