So, where was I? I was running through the steps which brought me to pluck up all my courage, leave my nice sensible job in consulting, and set up a new business.
Having thought about my strengths for the first time, I felt little the wiser. I had no real idea of what 'Curiosity and interest in the world' actually meant in practice.
Reality seemed to be this: my firm were paying me a lot of money to be averagely good at a job I hated. I was raised on Boys from the Blackstuff - this was something to be grateful for, not complain about.
But because I was so unhappy my subconscious began to tolerate the idea that happiness may be as important as status and even security.
And Seligman's argument slowly took hold in my mind:
happiness is found doing the things you are best at, every day, in a cause you believe in.
Now, I am not claiming this is rocket science.
But how many people actually do this? Do you?