Catalyst: How Confidence Reacts with Our Strengths to Shape What We Achieve and Who We Become
In Smith and Marcum's fascinating study of what constitutes true confidence—a "catalyst" of human achievement—the authors examine research on character strengths, expose how strengths can become weaknesses or "counterfeits," and offer an exploration of how both strengths and weaknesses might play out in readers' lives. The authors make thoughtful, well-argued points about which traits come from places of strength and which come from a places of weakness and overcompensation. Readers will certainly recognize some of the character traits discussed here in themselves. And while the authors could have provided more tools to help readers dissect strength and weaknesses in their own lives, this is an engaging study that will be useful to most people.