If your senses are numbed with delusion and denial, you will stop looking for these true strengths and wind up living a second-rate version of someone's life rather than a worldclass version of your own

— Donald O. Clifton

The most unconventional Donald O. Clifton quotes that will activate your inner potential

At an early age, you started hearing it: It's a virtue to be "well-rounded.

" ... They might as well have said : Become as dull as you possibly can be.


Relationships help us to define who we are and what we can become.

Most of us can trace our successes to pivotal relationships.


Back in the 1930s, Carl Jung, the eminent thinker and psychologist, put it this way: Criticism has 'the power to do good when there is something that must be destroyed, dissolved or reduced, but [it is] capable only of harm when there is something to be built.


Each of these strategies-get a little better at it, design a support system, use one of your strongest themes to overwhelm your weakness, find a partner, and just stop doing it-can help you as you strive to build your life around your strengths.


. . . our lives are shaped by our interactions with others. Whether we have a long conversation with a friend or simply place an order at a restaurant, every interaction makes a difference.


Our definition of a weakness is anything that gets in the way of excellent performance.


From this point of view, to avoid your strengths and to focus on your weaknesses isn't a sign of diligent humility. It is almost irresponsible. By contrast the most responsible, the most challenging, and, in the sense of being true to yourself, the most honorable thing to do is face up to the strength potential inherent in your talents and then find ways to realize it.


Your weaknesses will never develop, while your strengths will develop infinitely.


What leaders have in common is that each really knows their strengths, has developed their strengths, and can call on the right strength at the right time.