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Stronger Together

Early on in our marriage, my husband and I learned how to leverage our strengths as a couple. Several years later, I came to discover Strengths through Strengths Finder and was able to better understand myself, my husband, and why we work so well together as a couple. In our own marriage, we had already put into practice some things that we later came to understand from Strengths Finder. Strengths Finder is based on 34 Strengths themes that create a common language of talents. Knowledge, skills, and practice are significant in the Strengths equation, according to Tom Rath's book Strengths Finder 2.0.

Our Strengths give us self-awareness and help us understand others. Discovering this early in our relationship helps us focus our energy on what we do best and how we can bring that into the dynamics of our marriage.

For instance, my husband and I both have the Achiever and Maximizer Strengths themes. As

Achievers, we are driven to be very productive and when combined with our Maximizer Strength, it pushes us to bring it to the next level of excellence. On the one hand, we are better able to understand why we are both driven and we push our limits, until our bodies say “stop alr