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self knowledge and careers
on: Feb 6, 2012, 5:19am

on a scale of 1 (less introverted) to 100 (more introverted) I am a 98. a long-standing problem for me is where I fit in the workplace. i have worked as a software engineer for 29 years, but still do not belong. finding my passion, work that matters, rewarding work suited to me, has eluded me. any recommendations out there on how to figure that out? I have spent a lot of time, money, and effort trying to be something I am not. only recently have I learned to love being an introvert.

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Re: self knowledge and careers
on: Feb 7, 2012, 7:08pm

this thread is based on this line from the intro to Quiet: "I have seen firsthand how difficult it is for introverts to take stock of their own talents, and how powerful it is when finally they do."

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Re: self knowledge and careers
on: Mar 4, 2012, 3:44pm

What do you like about what you do now?

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Re: self knowledge and careers
on: Mar 12, 2012, 8:26pm

the paycheck, mostly; debugging/problem-solving; maintaining high standards; most productive when not interrupted.

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Re: self knowledge and careers
on: Apr 16, 2012, 5:19pm

There isn't a set list of jobs that introverts do…..

Majority of people in life do a job because it's a means to an end.

I don't think I know anyone today that really knows what their ideal job is, or at least how to get to their ideal job.

This is a sorry state of our world and I consider the root cause to this is the education system not properly introducing youths to life, and keeping up with the modern changes to the working environments.

At the end of the day, you need to decide what you want to do, and only you can get you that job. Not someone on a forum.

Psychological Type : INTJ
Without Quiet you can not hear the inner workings of your mind.

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Re: self knowledge and careers
on: Apr 19, 2012, 6:30pm

I've only recently come to realize/admit how much my introversion affects my life (I'm 38). That's the trouble, as I'm sure for others — I've already invested so much time in jobs/talents that really don't point to an "ideal" job for me, that I'm not really sure what to do NOW. If I'd known how critical this would become, I'd have gone into a field I could use to leverage a solitary job. There are things I'd love to do now, but that would require more schooling, which I don't know how I'd work into my regular life. Thank goodness Susan Cain is helping bring this to light, perhaps other introverts can make wiser decision earlier in their lives….

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