The profile will give you insight into your natural patterns, your talents, which you may not be able to recognize as anything special. Possibly you don't spend much time analyzing yourself or you are so close to or so used to your natural bents you miss seeing the treasure they are. The potential exists to hone talents into strengths but you have to do the work to make that happen.
If you put your efforts into building your strengths and give up trying to focus on your weaknesses you will be working toward being at your best. Most people do give most attention to their weakness, according to the Gallup statistics. That will never produce excellence. It works in the reverse because it ties up energy and ends up being a source of frustration. The limit attention of attention that weaknesses should get is to manage them to the point of damage control.
An anonymous reader's comments on the SF Profile:
Mentoring, not hand-holding, October 15, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
I've read quite a few of these kinds of books starting way back when with "What Color is Your Parachute," through "The Acorn Principle" and "Please Understand Me." This has been a long-term process of discovering my interests, talents, abilities, skills, knowledge, preferences, and potential - always with the intention of finding my true calling in life.
But this book is not just another addition to that list; this is a superior method for focusing in on very specific talents and strengths and clarifying your own thinking about your life choices. The assessment and categories of strengths are more straightforward than taking the Meyers-Briggs or other similar tests. The book confirms some of what I already knew, but completely clarified the concept of natural talent combined with skills and knowledge creating the strengths that one can use throughout their life.
People have complained in other reviews that some of the book is "fluff" or that it doesn't tell you what job to go get. This is only true for people who want one 250-page book to answer some of the greatest of life's questions. I greatly appreciate that the authors give simple, straightforward examples and their own theories quickly and pointedly. They leave it up to ME to make decisions based on that information.
If you are prepared to do the work over the course of time and use this book as a mentor (not a nanny who tells you what to do) you will gain great insight into yourself and your path.