Okay, I confess, it’s late. I’ve just come back from a shift at the petstore, and any moment now will be settling down with Holmes and Watson to help them solve “The Sign of Four.” So most of this entry won’t be my own writing. It’ll be stolen from Do What You Are, 4th Edition (Paule Tieger and Barbara Barron, Little, Brown, & Company: New York, 2007).
The first edition came out in 1992, and I’ve read it several times over the years in one employment counseling office or another. It’s based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Test. After answering 3.5 zillion preference questions, one ends up with a set of four letters.
You are either:
- E or I — Extroverted or Introverted;
- S or N — Sensing or iNtuitive;
- T or F — Thinking or Feeling; and
- J or P — Judging or Perceptive.
Well, I’m an INFP — a solitary, indecisive, emotional mess. Oh wait, that’s not a quote from the book. What is a quote is the following list of 10 things that spell career satisfaction for me. I’d like you to think about how true they sound to you. Then I’m going to leave you with the one-sentence conclusion I gave E.g. when I read this list at the bookstore this morning.
As An INFP, career satisfaction means doing work that:
- Is in harmony with my own personal values and beliefs and allows me to express my vision through my work;
- Gives me time to develop substantial depth to my ideas and maintain control over the process and product;
- Is done autonomously; with a private work space and plenty of uninterrupted time, but with periodic opportunities to bounce my ideas off people I feel respect me.
- Is done within a flexible structure, with a minimum of rules or regulations, letting me work on projects when I feel inspired.
- Is done with other creative and caring individuals in a cooperative environment free from tension and interpersonal strife.
- Lets me express my originality and in which personal growth is encouraged and rewarded.
- Does not require me to present my work frequently in front of groups of people or be called upon to share before it is completed to my satisfaction.
- Allows me to help others grow and develop and realize their full potential.
- Involves understanding people and discovering what makes them tick; allows me to develop deep one-to-one relationships with others.
- Allows me to work toward fulfilling my ideals and not be limited by political, financial, or other obstacles.
- (pp 159-60)
I showed the list to E.g. and said, “No wonder I love blogging.”
PS A big thank you to Alyson, of “Laugh in the Sun”, who passed along a Kind Blogger Award to me on Saturday! (See # 3, 5, & 6 above. )