About the Book

I purchased a used book called Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham. It is a terrific book for anyone who wants to find out more about themselves or for people working in human resources. (If you are interested in similar , take a look at the Tests and various Tests on SimilarMinds.com.)

Disappointing Surprise

I really enjoyed this book and didn’t hesitate to buy it because I loved the first book co-authored by Marcus Buckingham called First, Break All the Rules. The one thing that really disappointed me though was that the Strengths Finder test can only be taken once. That meant that since the person who originally bought the book took the test, I could not take the same test! Half of the book requires that the reader take the test. Nowhere does it say, “Warning, this book is completely useless unless you take the test. Do not buy this used!” No, I found out half way through the book. To the authors and publishers of this book, STOP being so greedy. People will pay to take the test, but don’t make them purchase the entire book! Ok. Thanks for letting me get that out.

Email from LeadershipNow

I emailed leadershipnow.com and this is the response I received:

Joey,

Six of our strengths-related books include a single-use Clifton StrengthsFinder access code – part of the value to the original purchaser. But in choosing a used book, even one in “new condition,” the buyer must understand that their savings is due not only to the fact that the book has been read, but also that the single-use access code has been used and is no longer valid.

The StrengthsFinder program, , and website are the product of more than four decades of research and a multimillion-dollar R&D project. To ensure the quality and consistency of the StrengthsFinder message — and for the website to be personalized around your top five — one access code is included with the purchase of each strengths-based book, and access codes are not sold separately. To obtain an unused code, please consider purchasing a new copy of this or another of our books which include an access code:

-   StrengthsFinder 2.0  (2007) – Our most highly recommended book, this is the newest book in the StrengthsFinder series, and the only one which provides access to the latest version of the assessment. While there are few changes to the assessment itself, you’ll receive your results in an exciting new personalized report. For more information on other advantages of StrengthsFinder 2.0, visit http://sf2.strengthsfinder.com/content/26014/Discover-2.0.aspx

-   Now, Discover Your Strengths  (2001) – The classic book that introduced the Clifton StrengthsFinder to the public. Written to help you uncover, understand and utilize your own unique talents.

-   Living Your Strengths  (2004) – Teaches you to identify and affirm your talents, as well as how to use them for growth and service. Great information for church congregations that want to help their members become more involved and engaged.

-   Teach With Your Strengths  (2005) – Helps teachers put their strengths to use and become the best teachers they can be.

-   Discover Your Sales Strengths  (2003) – By knowing and focusing on their strengths, sales professionals can excel and profit.

-   How Full is Your Bucket  (2004) – A small gem of a book that demonstrates how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity.

The books are quite reasonably priced, are widely available in local bookstores and booksellers, and represent a valuable investment in yourself. Be sure to buy a new copy, as the access code in each book provides the original purchaser a single opportunity to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder. To learn more about these books, please visit http://www.gallup.com/press/17473/Gallup-Press.aspx.

Thank you,

Jim

Gallup Client Support

My Homegrown Solution

After feeling very frustrated, I decided to take some other tests to get an idea of my personality type according to other long-standing methods such as the Big 5 and the Jung/Myers Briggs tests. After doing multiple types of personality tests, I have found that there are some “” tests where the assumptions is that the test-taker can best decide which category they fit into instead of using testing methods to “figure out” which categories they fit into. If you’re honest with yourself, you can achieve accurate results by . If you can’t be honest with yourself, you’ll have to get “tricked” into choosing the honest answer through traditional testing methods where they ask the same question many different ways in order to find the most accurate answer. If you can’t be honest with the way you answer the questions, then that requires you to purchase the book to take the Strengths Finder Test.

So lets assume that you can be honest with yourself and choose to do the self-reporting method. What you’ll need to do is go through the list of themes and rate yourself from 1-10 based on how much you relate to the description.

Summary of

Here are summarized descriptions of the 34 talent themes found on Strengthstest.com. If you need more detailed descriptions, you can find full page descriptions as well as examples in your book:

Adaptability

Analytical

Arranger

Belief

Command

Communication

Competition

Connectedness

Consistency

Context

Deliberative

Developer

Discipline

Fairness / Empathy

Focus

Futuristic

Harmony

Ideation

Inclusiveness / Includer

Individualization

Input

Intellection

Learner

Maximizer

Positivity

Relator

Responsibility

Restorative

Self-Assurance

Significance

Strategic

Woo

Quick Self-Reporting Test

Now that you know what the 34 themes are, you can now rate yourself based on how much you associate with each talent theme. *When rating, use at least 1 decimal place. For example, it is better to write 9.5 rather than rounding up to 10. This will help when you are trying to determine your top 5 themes since you might have more than 5 themes that score equally high. In these cases, being as precise as possible with your rating will help break ties.

Download the PDF Version of the Strengths Finder Self-Reporting Test

Theme Rating (1-10) *
Achiever
Activator
Adaptability
Analytical
Arranger
Belief
Command
Communication
Competition
Connectedness
Context
Deliberative
Developer
Discipline
Empathy
Fairness
Focus
Futuristic
Harmony
Ideation
Inclusiveness
Individualization
Input
Intellection
Learner
Maximizer
Positivity
Relator
Responsibility
Restorative
Self-Assurance
Significance
Strategic
Woo

Download the PDF Version of the Strengths Finder Self-Reporting Test

Top 5 Talent Themes

Look at which categories you rated highest. Pick the top 5. You should now have your top 5 talent themes! Now you can read the rest of the book without being completely lost. If you lost the original code, want to retake the test, or purchased a used book like I did, you might want to re-purchase the book so you can take the test. I am not sure whether the Strengths Finder Test would yield better results than self-reporting. I don’t know, I am not a professional. But based on common sense, it seems like any relatively intelligent person could figure out which talent themes they associate with most.

Comments

147 Responses to “Free Strengths Finder Test…Kind of (Self-Reporting)”

  1. melissa spiotta on December 18th, 2008 8:42 am

    hi there, thanks for the freebie. wanted you to know that you have a blip on the page above fairness and consistency are the same strengths-fairness being the newest, empathy is good by itself. if u look above, you have fairness and empathy together, but it is fairness and consistency…in case u care :)

  2. The Mastermind on December 19th, 2008 2:03 am

    Hi Melissa. I’m glad you found it useful. I just copied and pasted that information from their official website.

  3. sonbonggi on January 15th, 2009 10:02 pm

    please give me “Free Strengths Finder Test”

    thanks you!!

  4. Alisha on February 18th, 2009 9:05 am

    Please send me a code to take the strength finder 2.0 test. I have already taken the test & would like for my dad to do it. Thank you so much.

  5. cecilia sheppard on February 20th, 2009 6:50 am

    please send me a free strength finder test

  6. Michael on February 27th, 2009 12:27 pm

    My pastor said I should take the strengths finder, how do I get a free test?

  7. ralph on February 27th, 2009 6:58 pm

    I can’t believe the comments above. Didn’t they read your article? LAZY.

  8. Gwendolyn on March 10th, 2009 3:10 am

    I can't find the access code in my "Now Discover Your Strengths" book.

    Please send me a free access code. I'm exciting

    Thank you,

    Gwendolyn

  9. Gwendolyn on March 10th, 2009 11:10 am

    I can’t find the access code in my “Now Discover Your Strengths” book.

    Please send me a free access code. I’m exciting

    Thank you,

    Gwendolyn

  10. Aldo on March 10th, 2009 12:08 pm

    Gwendolyn, you are a serious moron.

  11. Aldo on March 10th, 2009 12:10 pm

    let me re-state what ralph suggested. all of you who have axed (yeah, thats right, I said axed) for a fee code are complete idiots. READ the freaking article you A$$wipes. and they ask me why I drink!!!

  12. Joey on March 11th, 2009 1:45 pm

    C’mon Aldo, be nice to Gwendolyn. She’s exciting.

  13. ???????? on April 18th, 2009 7:02 am

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  14. Appalled on April 19th, 2009 7:35 am

    Thanks for the help. I need to complete the test for an assignment and plan to get the book in the Library. So much for free access to information in this materialistic society!

    BTW I am appalled that someone on your post would berate other posters. Let’s keep it classy people.

  15. travis on May 6th, 2009 12:41 pm

    Lol at the comments…

    can i haz a fr33 code plzkthxbi.

  16. Tony on May 8th, 2009 1:32 pm

    My neighbor loaned me the book because i’m recently out of work due to a disability. I must make a career change. Are there any free codes available?

    Thank you

    Tony

  17. Phil on May 25th, 2009 6:03 pm

    Could I get a free code please?

  18. nick on May 26th, 2009 3:43 am

    ???????????????????????thank you very much!

  19. nick on May 26th, 2009 3:44 am

    Hi,Could I get a free code please?Thank you very much!

  20. PAUL on June 15th, 2009 5:30 am

    Wow, seems like a select few are actually reading the article you posted.

    Okay, for everyone looking for a free code, please allow me to assist you.

    Just copy the link below and paste it into your browser, then fill out the form and be sure to enter the promotional code: [b]IMS-0PHU-K1N6-R3TAR939 [/b] into the free code form at the address below:

    http://www.gallup.com/press/contactUs.aspx

  21. PAUL on June 15th, 2009 4:30 am

    Wow, seems like a select few are actually reading the article you posted.

    Okay, for everyone looking for a free code, please allow me to assist you.

    Just copy the link below and paste it into your browser, then fill out the form and be sure to enter the promotional code: [b]IMS-0PHU-K1N6-R3TAR939 [/b] into the free code form at the address below:

    http://www.gallup.com/press/contactUs.aspx

  22. Leon on June 18th, 2009 12:45 am

    I copied the link to my browser, but all it gave me was a "Contact Us" page, nothing about a free code form?

  23. KoKo on June 18th, 2009 5:18 am

    @PAUL

    Jim at Gallup Client Support said he was not familiar with the promo you posted.

    Where did you hear/see about the promo you posted? Are you sure it's valid? Where's the proof that you didn't make it up?

    I also agree with Leon on the no free code form…

  24. Leon on June 18th, 2009 8:45 am

    I copied the link to my browser, but all it gave me was a “Contact Us” page, nothing about a free code form?

  25. Angela on June 18th, 2009 12:14 pm

    LOL @PAUL.

    For those of you asking for a free code, why not take the time to read the article? He's not giving ANY free codes away. He wasn't even able to take the test due to the fact that he purchased the book used.

    C'mon people…

    Anyway, great article!

  26. KoKo on June 18th, 2009 1:18 pm

    @PAUL
    Jim at Gallup Client Support said he was not familiar with the promo you posted.

    Where did you hear/see about the promo you posted? Are you sure it’s valid? Where’s the proof that you didn’t make it up?

    I also agree with Leon on the no free code form…

  27. Angela on June 18th, 2009 8:14 pm

    LOL @PAUL.

    For those of you asking for a free code, why not take the time to read the article? He’s not giving ANY free codes away. He wasn’t even able to take the test due to the fact that he purchased the book used.

    C’mon people…

    Anyway, great article!

  28. J on June 29th, 2009 8:18 pm

    Paul, you are a freaking genius!! ROFL.

    Would not have been nearly as funny without the comments by Leon and KoKo. Remarkable.

  29. shaun on July 1st, 2009 2:55 am

    This was a great article… I borrowed a friends book and found that the code could only be registered once… so guess what I bought a book for £6 on amazon… come on people stop being tight… a lot of time and money has gone in to developing this. As for the people on here who think it’s funny to be rude… please be nice! By the way, I nearly fell off my chair laughing when I read Pauls post.. funny… for those of you who didn’t understand it… replace the numbers with letters

  30. John the Pie Man on July 13th, 2009 11:06 pm

    Can I get a free piece of pie?

  31. Jon on July 14th, 2009 12:51 pm

    "IMS-0PHU-K1N6-R3TAR939" Brilliant!

  32. Jon on July 14th, 2009 8:51 pm

    “IMS-0PHU-K1N6-R3TAR939″ Brilliant!

  33. Will on July 21st, 2009 6:39 pm

    Hi, Can I get a free code please to take the test? It would be really helpful, I got the book from the library but the code was cutout!

    Will

  34. Mary on July 24th, 2009 12:30 pm

    While i wasn’t able to get a free test, I was able to buy the code (without another copy of the book) at StrengthsTest.com

    Hope that helps others.

  35. Ed on July 27th, 2009 3:48 am

    Mary, you paid $17.95 just for the code – the same code that comes in a book which sells for $13.70 at Amazon. Ummm . . . Are you in the market for a bridge?

  36. PAUL on July 30th, 2009 2:35 pm

    @Ed,

    Mary is clearly a secret agent trying to dupe us all into supporting StregthsTest.com!

    @Mary,

    I am appalled Mary! What do you take us for?


    sheeple?

  37. Mindylou on August 11th, 2009 10:31 am

    Wow, can’t all of you see that Paul is just trying to help everyone out…Please don’t be crazy, don’t be Sheeple…just try what he says… come on “WHAT COULD HAPPEN?”

  38. Mr "the police on August 11th, 2009 10:25 pm

    What's up with every swingin' d*ck expecting to get a free code?

    I bet these same people think Obama's doing a "great" job.

    Morons.

  39. jason on August 16th, 2009 1:50 am

    get real people, these strengths tests are a bunch of bs that buckingham & clifton devised to make money with. I guess they are really geniuses for playing on peoples needs to feel good about themselves. STOP BEING SUCKERS to these money hungry con men.

    And for you people who didnt read the article and want the free code, please go ahead and pursue this line of crap. You and buck&clif are made for each other, one wanting something for nothing and the other offering nothing for something.

  40. crabitha on August 21st, 2009 9:22 pm

    I forked over the money and bought my own book, because nothing is free- but the laughs I got from reading the posts here. The book isn’t very expensive.. sheeple, please think of it as an investment.

    Crabitha has inpupt ideation, strategic, intellection, and learner

  41. crabitha on August 21st, 2009 9:28 pm

    Can I have a pony?

  42. crabitha on August 21st, 2009 9:32 pm

    Can my pony have a free access code?

  43. Jack of Asses on August 27th, 2009 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much for the FREE Access Code Generating Program I am now able to sell access codes and give them away on my own websites! WooHoo!!

    Those of you wanting a to take the Gallup Strenghs Finders Test for FREE click the link below! :)

    http://www.pagetutor.com/idiot/idiot.html

    TIP: There is a simple pre-test where you just need to click the “PRESS” button.

  44. Tony on September 10th, 2009 7:50 pm

    I want to get a free access code.

  45. Crabitha's pony on September 11th, 2009 5:38 pm

    Can I have free hay and a free wireless internet connection and a free assistant to type for me and a free computer so I can go onto Jack of asses link to get a a free access code? Thanks. I’m just as exciting as Gwendolyn.

  46. Bandit on September 16th, 2009 11:36 am

    I read the book (library copy) , read the article, and read every comment here – The best free entertainment in ages! Paul, Crabitha and Jack of Asses lovin’ your style guys. I think it would be great fun working out Jasons strengths -hahahaha

  47. crabitha on September 17th, 2009 8:33 pm

    For all of you who want a free access code, don’t bother, you can get your results of the unstrengths finder -2.0 without even taking the test. They are noted below:

    skimmer- people strong in the skimmer theme don’t read whole articles and look foolish when trying to comment on message boards.

    slothful- People strong in the slothful theme put as little effort into things as possible, but expect big pay offs.

    challenged- people in the challenged theme miss main ideas and concepts the unchallenged are trying to relay.

    cheapskate- People in the cheapskate theme expect to get items for free that others are required to pay for.

    jester-people in the jester theme provide comic relief and entertainment to others without even knowing it.

  48. em on September 27th, 2009 2:20 pm

    So,ultimately what you’re saying is No free access codes and no free ponies? Did I get this right? Hmm? Hah.

    Great post, better comments. Needed a laugh. Thanks, guys.

  49. Robert on October 6th, 2009 3:24 am

    I’m Dutch and going Dutch quite often. This is free entertainment, thank you all for that!

  50. Christine on October 9th, 2009 11:29 pm

    I just laughed so hard, I think I actually cried….

  51. Helena Handbasket on October 13th, 2009 4:12 pm

    If I cried too, could I get a free access code?

  52. marny on October 13th, 2009 11:32 pm

    can i have a pony with a free access code tattooed on its ass.

  53. Axe S. Coad on October 13th, 2009 11:39 pm

    Glad to see I am very much in demand
    Unfortunately i am Only available In 30 Of The Fifti states!
    but for those lucky ones FIVE SIX FOUR THREE
    lol try it i am very exciting for you to find how your true personalit!

    Self Discover is Most importance

  54. p on October 13th, 2009 11:41 pm

    how is babby formed

  55. steve on October 13th, 2009 11:42 pm

    hello am in ur unsheep
    hackin u 4 access code
    thx

  56. hello on October 13th, 2009 11:48 pm

    hello what is code

  57. accesscode on October 14th, 2009 2:42 pm

    hello what am i

  58. Helena Handbasket on October 14th, 2009 5:38 pm

    access code, I can tell you what you arent…free!

  59. Helena H basket on October 14th, 2009 5:43 pm

    P, go home… your village is missing it’s idiot!

  60. Jenny on October 14th, 2009 8:22 pm

    The access code is 8675309.

  61. Swifty on October 19th, 2009 2:20 am

    My guts are aching I laughed so loud.

    KoKo:
    “Jim at Gallup Client Support said he was not familiar with the promo you posted.”

    That was the clincher; tears were flowing after that one!!!

    Kudos to Paul

    Hilarious!

  62. FROOK on October 20th, 2009 6:17 am

    This is the filter for those who have nothing to be tested.
    GIMMY, GIMMY, GIMMY!

  63. sanaz on October 21st, 2009 2:10 pm

    please send me a free Strengths Finder Test.
    thanks

  64. tweedle dumb on October 21st, 2009 7:37 pm

    Can you just send me my results without sending me a test? It’d be easier for me. Thanks.

  65. mthj on October 23rd, 2009 7:31 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks for the free laughs!

  66. intheknow on November 25th, 2009 11:24 pm

    Black Friday giveaway! If you go to the website at 5 am, they will be giving away free access codes to the first 10 people. Don’t get caught sleeping on this amazing opportunty!

  67. Joseph Anderson on November 30th, 2009 11:13 am

    Please send me the free link to take the test. Thank you.

  68. The Code Whisperer on December 4th, 2009 9:46 pm

    Wow, these comments are a veritable cornucopia of fun!

    For anyone still looking for a free, previously used access code, here you go:

    PM75BF65SZ42WB

    Good luck!

    PS I heart crabitha

  69. I see stupid people on December 22nd, 2009 4:50 pm

    I thought people learnt to read and write, not just write.
    Nice article btw =)

    For all those people wanting free personality tests, google myers briggs or enneagram instead. Lots of free, good ones, and better known than strength finder.

    What am I thinking, as if any of those people will read that..

  70. petetong on December 30th, 2009 2:37 pm

    So can i get a code? please send to me

  71. dingaling aling on January 6th, 2010 6:36 pm

    I rented the book at the library and lost it . please send me a new book and a new code. thanks.

  72. Don Niky on January 6th, 2010 6:47 pm

    OK article, great comments. Thanks for the laugh. Have to agree with Swifty on the clincher.

    “KoKo:
    “Jim at Gallup Client Support said he was not familiar with the promo you posted.”

    That was the clincher; tears were flowing after that one!!!”

    Be afraid… Idiots exist and they have a legal right to drive, vote and breed.

  73. Hope this help on January 27th, 2010 11:43 am

    hey people, apply for KPM. in case they wanna know more about you or think you are rather blurred, they will send you a code…

  74. Hope this help on January 27th, 2010 11:44 am

    I meant KPMG….

  75. Dave on March 7th, 2010 6:11 pm

    nobody posting need a free access code to take a strengths test because you all already know what it is for you.. DUMBASS

    DUMBASS
    People strong in the Dumbass theme recognize and cultivate the potential stupidness in others and themselves. They spot the signs of each small cluelessness and derive satisfaction from these embarasements.

  76. Renee on March 23rd, 2010 11:49 am

    Sure, nothing in life is free, but if the Gallup Press were smart they would sell access codes online. Maybe then people wouldn’t be wasting their time and embarassing themselves by asking for free codes on here, because then it would be pretty clear that free codes don’t exist.

  77. bill bob on March 24th, 2010 5:25 pm

    this is where you can purchase a code with out purchasing the book. Invest in yourself. Free does not exist.

  78. morty tupperman on April 1st, 2010 12:49 pm

    The best things in life are free. The code is not free. So… it must not be very good to have a code. My brain hurts.

  79. Algernon on April 6th, 2010 1:54 pm

    Okay, I want about 10,000 free access codes so I can sell them on eBay. Any help here?

  80. DR AUGUSTA NIEDERAUER on April 6th, 2010 7:57 pm

    PLEASE WHERE IS THE TEST? I BOUGHT THE BOOK. AND THE CODE NUMBER IS NOT CLEAR.
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
    DR AUGUSTA NIEDERAUER

  81. galateadia on May 5th, 2010 1:24 pm

    Best comments ever!
    Thanks for the laughs everyone. :)

  82. How Stupid on July 1st, 2010 6:21 pm

    face palm

  83. Wild Woman Fundraising » Blog Archive » How can you discover your strengths? on August 5th, 2010 3:56 am

    [...] Do you recognize yourself in several of these descriptions? Do you want to learn more? If you buy the book, they will give you an access code to take this test online and find which strengths describe you best. This access code only works once, however, so don’t buy this book used. There’s a reason it’s on sale for 1 penny on Amazon used. You really need the access code to get the most out of the book. Go to Bookfinder and find the cheapest new book you can. Bookfinder, in case you didn’t know about it, is a fabulous little tool that can help you do a meta search for books all over the world, from small booksellers as well as large ones. If you don’t want to do that, then try this. [...]

  84. LOL on August 25th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Best laugh I've had in ages…

    Great article at the top – worth the read. And even better when you follow the string of comments after….

    Awesome!

  85. Travis on September 3rd, 2010 12:18 pm

    You can buy an access code for $19.95 without buying the book. Here's the link;
    http://www.strengthstest.com/strengths-tests/stre

  86. Magic 8 on September 23rd, 2010 7:05 pm

    Freakin' hilarious!

    Hey I got a FREE CODE with my magic 8 ball and ….

    It says all of you free code seekers' strengths are snipe hunting and reading…oops, maybe not reading!

    LMAO. This totally made my day! Cheers folks! Have another free code on me! :)

  87. Joey Mariano on October 7th, 2010 2:02 am

    Why is the price of the code more than the price of the book on Amazon on that website?

  88. AGO on October 15th, 2010 1:24 pm

    I had the same problem with my book, code had already been used. Here's my problem with the book: let's say you are already Introspective and you know what your strengths are–maybe the book just gave you a different word to use or perhaps you found your fifth strength. The entire book focuses on NOT worrying about your weaknesses, but instead focusing on your strengths. So, you find out what your strengths are, those strengths are explained, but then, right when you are ready for the "what now" the book tells you to play to your strengths by avoiding your weaknesses. Yes, I know. You already told me that. I was hoping for more of a "here's YOUR personal strengths and they work together like this." Yes, I know that there are 30 some million combinations, so I wouldn't expect a personalized report, per se, but more of a guideline as to what certain strengths look like when paired together. Yes, there is a 3-5 page section at the end that does that, but 3-5 pages, that's all? I found the book interesting, but I already knew my strengths and have long avoided the areas I am not good at, and really wanted a more specific summary. Overall, good book for those trying to find out about themselves.

  89. dannysgirl on October 31st, 2010 5:20 pm

    hahahahahahah! that's great!!!

  90. robyn on November 14th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Thank you so much for brightening up my Monday morning – best comments Ive read – Crabitha brilliant – well done.

  91. 3U~~i on November 19th, 2010 7:37 am

    Just took the test. Funny detail: Needed no access code anymore………

  92. Paul on December 16th, 2010 11:01 am

    I have the books Now Discover Your Strengths and Go Put Your Strengths to work, I am able to log into the book tools portion of the website but have never been able to access the tests- paul@strategicalignmentconsulting.com

  93. Guest on January 6th, 2011 6:13 pm

    BTW speaking of scam… from the comments on Amazon:

    [O]nce I completed the online test and obtained the resultant reports, I was shocked to learn that I would only get the Top 5 Themes, and the other 29 remain a mystery. Upon contacting the company, I learned that for an additional $550.00 I could then obtain the other 29 themes, as well as their order of ranking.
    http://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-ebook/d

  94. Philip on January 8th, 2011 2:05 pm

    But an exciting one.

  95. bugaga on January 16th, 2011 5:59 pm

    hahahahaha!! very entertaining comments! :) nice code, Paul! :) "Jim" is probably already quite familiar with that one by now :))
    Thank you for the article.

  96. freeeeeeeeeeba on January 16th, 2011 6:21 pm

    where is my free P-O-N-Y??!!! ghrrrrr!

  97. Savon on January 23rd, 2011 12:12 pm

    Is there a way for me to take the test for free? I took it a long time ago while I worked at Circuit City (RIP) and just rediscovered my book but I already used the access code. Please email me a code at savonshelton@hotmail.com

  98. Pony Shaver on January 30th, 2011 1:06 am

    I was looking for information on the Strengths-Finder test mentioned in a magazine article when I came across this site. Thanks, Joey, for all the helpful information in your excellent article.

    I also read all of the comments and a lot of them were very helpful too, as this is the first good belly buster laugh I have had in a long time.

    Special thanks so much to Crabitha's pony for the free code. It didn't work yet, but I will keep trying. You are very excitingly, too. So much fun shaving to find the tattoo, I have never had so much happy. ;-)

  99. bobo cheetah on January 31st, 2011 7:13 pm

    I totally laughed out loud!

  100. Healthbilder on February 7th, 2011 2:04 pm
  101. Marcy on February 17th, 2011 1:59 am

    YOU ROCK! Thank you for creating this page. I picked up Marcus Buckingham's book, Go Put your strengths to work, last night and stopped to take the strengths test. I borrowed the book from the library and quickly found out I would not be able to take the test as the code had already been used.
    Isn't it amazing how quickly we've gotten used to this world of sharing information as the norm rather than the exception? It speaks volume's about the author, Gallup and their strategy for success. I'm returning the book to the library – unread. There are too many great books that are in tune with today's trends and strategies.

  102. flowers on February 17th, 2011 9:06 am

    These comments are indeed prize winning! I am laughing my ass off! and yes I did read the article…. sweet.

    Just BUY the book, or go away!

  103. Munna on February 22nd, 2011 11:06 pm

    Please send me a code for free assessment so i can take it.

  104. Coley on March 13th, 2011 3:45 am

    THANKS FOR THE FREE CODE! (-:

  105. @active_voices on March 14th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Oh, too funny. It's so hard to get any work done these days. Really. @Paul – ingenious code! and @Crabitha – I want a pony, too!!

    I did this survey a couple of years ago, and now this book (Strengths Finder) is on my desk ALWAYS, especially when I'm stressed out or feeling down about my job. It's important to stay focused on what you can do well. We know what we're not good at. We do what we can to compensate for our weaknesses. But it's so much more productive to really let our strengths shine.

    My suggestion to y'all is to mark up your book when you get your survey results back. That has been very meaningful to me, even over time (although, I felt that the results were good to begin with). It's been 3.5 years since I took it, and the results seem to be more accurate now than they were originally.

    Good luck! And, if anybody's got that free pony, let me know!

  106. DaddyWarbucks on March 15th, 2011 1:55 pm

    My wife is in the other room hoping I stop laughing before the kids wake up. Great article, but by far the funniest comment thread I have ever read.

  107. brittiny on April 3rd, 2011 11:54 pm

    Can I have a free code too!? I need it for an assignment

  108. Innovator on May 5th, 2011 5:07 am

    I'm willing to pay for an online test for 10 employees. Is there such a thing?

  109. The Best Job You’ve Ever Had | The Next Step on May 17th, 2011 7:37 am

    [...] 1)  Take some inventories and assessments.  Strengthfinders is a good one, so you can identify what your top strengths are.  If you’re using your top strengths in your work, work becomes not only fun but easy to, playing to your best traits.  Of course you could buy the book, but there are also free versions http://unsheeple.com/2008/11/free-strengths-finder-testkind-of-self-reporting/ [...]

  110. M Bolen on May 26th, 2011 10:09 pm

    Could you send me the code so that I can take the free test? Thanks.

  111. yonit on May 28th, 2011 1:17 pm

    I dont want the code,
    just the pony,
    already shaved if you can !

    Thanks for a great article and great comments, I'm sitting here laughing my a$$ off :D

  112. Charlene on June 6th, 2011 4:08 pm

    are you able to send me the link so I can do the test.

    thank you

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    [...] of itself violate privacy laws), it should be a required assignment to also read this article from unsheeple.com (you will understand the delicious irony of the name of this blog and the resulting comments as you [...]

  114. jwlee on June 23rd, 2011 12:34 am

    these comments are funny.. lol

  115. Renee on June 30th, 2011 7:37 am

    Could I please get the free code. Thank you!

  116. CCK on July 8th, 2011 12:50 pm

    That was the best code ever Paul!!! LOL
    I can't believe how much people DON'T GET IT. Strengths Finder is trying to keep their hard work as pure as possible. Spend some money you cheap-o's!!

  117. Jesse on July 9th, 2011 10:12 am

    I'm seriously laughing my FAO right now!!! Priceless…

  118. Babaganoosh on July 9th, 2011 10:19 am

    You would think that if you were intelligent enough to write a response/question, you would be intelligent enough to read the article. NOPE.

    Thank you all for the laughs, you've restored my faith in mandatory sterilization.

  119. Manish on July 12th, 2011 5:04 pm

    I have bought the book, it is written in the book that you can have a free strenght test. on this site.

    Pls guide me on this and do I need to have an code for this test.

  120. RichardStep on July 25th, 2011 7:05 pm

    Thank you very much for this article. I did the exact same thing… only I think I beat my head against the wall in response to finding out I couldn't take the test. I did some googling to see what was going down and low and behold – we were all cheated. *sigh*

    And then your site hit my screen – I did the test and got some good results. It also inspired me to go a bit further… and make my own free online version of the Strengths Finder test!

    No Access Code needed, folks – let Clifton keep their money. :) http://richardstep.com/2011/07/20/strengths-finde

    Thanks again for kicking me into action on this!

  121. axel on August 3rd, 2011 9:39 am

    nicely done!

  122. axel on August 3rd, 2011 5:54 pm

    Although you have provided the 34 strengths and definition, WARNING – you might be missing the point. After reading a library copy I too created a similar test. I picked what I thought were my top 5. Upon taking the test I missed all 5. It would be easy to dismiss my results, but what I learned was I was still enamored by my weaknesses. I am glad I took the test. It has been about fruitful 8 months and countless insights later.

  123. jose on August 8th, 2011 9:19 am

    WTF. i answered 50 questions clicked submit and the page was not found. oh well.

  124. Rex on August 25th, 2011 4:23 pm

    I'm late to the game. Are you aware the Gallup is a business? The assessment is called Intellectual Property. We also have copy right laws to protect those who come up with great ideas from those who are lazy stealing them. If you are a believer…. You should respect the property of others. Thou shalt not steal… remember?

    You have posted they intellectual property on your site and although you list the trademark the law permits you to post 50 words before you need written permission.

    $12 is dirt cheap to get this kind of insight on yourself. – Grow up!!

  125. mrunsheeple on August 29th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Are you kidding? I wrote this article. I don't make a penny off of this! It actually costs me money to keep this domain and hosting.

    You're right about Gallup being a business. I own a business. I don't have a problem with them making money, but I did have a problem with their response to my email and the way they are handling the tests. They should be up front about the fact that there is only one test per book right on the cover or beginning of the book. Why let someone find out when they're more than half way through? What a waste of time. I wouldn't be surprised if someone sued them for that.

    Rex, it sounds like you work for Gallup. Do you?

  126. Ashley on September 4th, 2011 2:56 am

    The reason buying to code without the book is more expensive than buying a “new” book on amazon or half.com, etc., is because when you buy a book listed as “brand new” from those sites, there’s no guarantee that someone hasn’t used the code.

    I bought my “brand new” book online, listing said they never even opened it. Indeed the condition of the book was new, but when I tried to use the code, said it was already used.

    I am seriously upset. This book was supposed to be new. Completely useless. You have to buy it from Clifton to ensure you get a code. Or just buy the code. What a mess.

  127. Ashley on September 4th, 2011 2:59 am

    when you buy this book "new" on amazon, somebody has already used that code. that's why i am even reading this article because my "brand new" book i bought online has a code that was already used. book looks mint, but useless.

  128. Chrissy on September 10th, 2011 6:41 pm

    Posts were certainly entertaining. Kudos to the author of this article- well done!!

    For those motivated individuals that want a code:
    You could buy a visa (etc.) credit card at a local store (walmart, rite aid, duane reade, etc) to purchase the book online. Then take the code and return the book :). Don't forget to open the envelope containing the code carefully and glue it back closed neatly! Stick it to the man! Cheers!

  129. Graham on September 12th, 2011 7:51 am

    Thanks for summarising an interesting tool. A valuable part of your article (other than the amusing comments thread ) is your comments on the ability (or not ) of individuals to be honest about their responses. For those who can't, they have to realise that putting a test / assessment tool into a book is just another form of marketing.

    The value of all tests / assessments is not report, but the interpretation of the report and the follow up action. This is hard to do objectively on your own, with or without a book.

  130. @chris_behnke on September 20th, 2011 3:02 am

    Hey, I just stumbled across this post and your site! Great analysis!! I represent a company called Wired Success, we are the creators of the Core Values Assessment, it is the most accurate assessment ever created bypassing personality and behavior. Anyway, I would love to shoot you a free CVI if your interested email me at chris @ wiredsuccess.com. Love all the comments here as well, AWESOME!!

  131. WomanNavyVet on September 25th, 2011 9:49 am

    I love the "official"-ness of your post. I had to laugh.

    I am amazed at just how few people read thoroughly, use critical thinking skills, or pay attention.

    I am equally shocked by those who feel "entitled" to free access to everything. Let someone do all the work and then give it to me for free. *shakes my head*

    Kudos, however, to the original author of the post. Excellent article, and good use of resourcefulness and using your own talents/strengths to come up with a solution.

  132. XNavyGal on September 25th, 2011 10:04 am

    All this talk about ponies…

    One needs to be careful not to step in all the piles of horse-poop that's been left.

  133. X06X on October 12th, 2011 4:43 pm

    WOOT!!!

  134. kittypuke on October 12th, 2011 6:52 pm

    I can't help but wonder how many of those requesting a free code are actually PhDs…

  135. Wonderer on December 18th, 2011 7:51 pm

    Did any commenter here actually download or use the PDF "Strengths Finder Self-Reporting Test" scoresheet offered on first page here? And not quickly discover — that it erroneously omits one of the 34 categories — "Analytical".
    If that theme is one of your strengths, then you may have already discovered the omission. But then, also wondered about the lack of comments, or correction, in the two years since.
    And now, oh Analytical One, are you possibly "…searching for reasons and causes . . .?
    Just curious. Just saying.

  136. Rl on December 30th, 2011 6:28 am

    Thank you for your wonderful book! And thanks for sending over the codes. They were very helpful. Could you send me a rainbow?

  137. SomeoneReal on December 31st, 2011 5:36 pm

    No, a$$hole, Congress is doing the great job. You have no clue.

  138. Kid Tablets on January 20th, 2012 6:58 am

    Woah this blog is fantastic i love reading your articles. Stay up the good paintings! You already know, many individuals are hunting around for this info, you can help them greatly.

  139. Travis Crowe on February 18th, 2012 10:58 am

    Snipe hunting! Classic..

  140. AAA on March 2nd, 2012 3:16 pm

    thank you

  141. Reuphillan on March 7th, 2012 2:22 am

    WOW! The comments are amazing. Obviously reading is not some people's strength… dont worry, you dont need to focus on it, or maybe you should!

    On a more serious note – one of the better books and assessments I've had the pleasure of using. In fact, I really like it so much, I ordered a copy for every single person in our service line a few years ago (as part of a learning and development initiative), and most people found that the strengths that they have, although some may have known about one or two was not surprising, but something they just had not considered in the context.
    Today, I have my own business and I ask all new employees to read the book (we even have an audio version for those who might belong to the group of non-readers above).
    So my comment is to those who believe that they know their specific strengths – get a new version of the book and do the assessment. The report is a lot better than the descriptions in the book.

    Markus Buckingham / Gallop – perhaps you could consider selling a "2nd hand purchasers" code on-site. Perhaps at 1/2 price? Surely the recycling of such great books should be encouraged and we do understand that the research that went into the book is expensive, but 50% of double, triple your new book sales on the test must be worth considering. <smile>

  142. foo foo on April 12th, 2012 8:52 pm

    i love you! Thx for the Free Laugh

  143. Chris on April 24th, 2012 6:29 am

    Please send me a free access code @ ccummings@clienttrack.com. Thanks

  144. respiton on April 25th, 2012 8:57 am

    wow i must say reading these post I should copy them and submitt them to comedy central what a hoot

  145. FreeCode4Me on May 2nd, 2012 10:17 pm

    While this can be helpful, you really need to do the test to get some 'real' results. A key idea not posted, is that a strength is something that energizes you. In other material Markus talks about thinking about the things that energize you the most. If you relate them to the list you will be closer to discovering your strengths.

  146. strengthsCoach on May 2nd, 2012 10:23 pm

    You get more of a report like that when you do the test, however having a strength coach to help you process the information and then help you plan strageties to manage weakness.
    As you say there are millions of combinations, and they work a bit differently in each person based on various factors, such as culture /family / religious background, so having someone help you understand it for you personally is definitely worth it.

  147. resourceful on May 4th, 2012 6:29 am

    I went here for a free strengths and weakness aptitude test: http://richardstep.com/self-tests-quizzes/strengt

    Not the original, but close enough for me. :)

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