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Let Your Personality Choose Your Career

Most people accidentally “fall” into a career they dislike, and often due to their financial situations, feel stuck in a rut. Interestingly, a recent survey found that over 80% of workers are disengaged from their careers. The average person spends a third of their life in work. To spend that amount of time in a job you do not like can be very disheartening. Do you love or hate your job? Do you spend the majority of your week doing something you don’t enjoy? Do you want to find something that gives you a buzz?

Everyone has something unique, and the knowledge of your personality can be a great help towards finding a career that gives you purpose.

Let Your Personality Choose Your Career.

Enjoyment in work and by extension, life depends on how well your career matches your unique personality. Research shows that most traditional jobs are not always the most enjoyable. You should find your best fit, and it starts with knowing the true you. The Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI) and the John L Holland Theory of Careers have been a great source of information one can use to find your fit.

Do you ever have that feeling like something is not right but cannot put your hand on it? Chances are that your personality is not the right fit for your current environment. I had that feeling, and in hindsight, I can now understand my continued discontentment for my place of employment.

For example, I have an ISFP (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving) personality. I am more prone to working with my hands and have a strong aesthetic appreciation for art. I don’t like to feel “box in’ and value freedom to be innovative and creative, and I always find ways to push my passions.

I can remember working at a store in a mall from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm attending to the handful of customers entering the store. One day seemed like a year, and it drove a hole inside of my heart, and I did not know why. Now picture someone who likes to work with their hands and love the outdoors, cooped up in a small store all day. I was literally dying to get out of there every day.

When armed with an understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, values, interest, you are in an excellent position to pick a career that can be very rewarding. It’s critical to understand what is imperative to your development, and as such, the indicator can provide a detailed look at your personality. Whether you’re a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you’re moving along the right path, it’s essential to understand yourself and the personality traits which will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers.

It is genuinely fascinating to understand your purpose; life becomes so more meaningful. Most people find this hard to figure out. Everyone has a mixture of personality traits; something makes us stress, while other things motivate us. For one, working in a messy environment is highly stressful; for someone else, the same workplace is stress-free.

Once you understand you, life becomes free. We spend a lot of our time at work, and so it is crucial to get these issues right, or we could spend a lot of hours unhappy, unproductive and unfulfilled.

I can now understand my passion for writing and for my passion for helping people find their purpose in life. If you are unhappy at work and are not sure about your career or you need some advice on choosing a job that is right for you. Send an email at, and I will share with you all the things I have learned about finding your personality that will inform your choice of job and career.

You can be happy; you can enjoy your life and enjoy your work but you need to understand you and the unique gifts you were blessed with.


About Gifford Thomas

I am the founder of Leadership First and one of the leading voices on inspirational leadership. At Leadership First, we are motivating, inspiring, mentoring and coaching over 122,000 leaders every day to believe in the impossible and helping all leaders create an environment where their people are inspired and motivated to become the very best version of themselves.

I am a member of Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, a Council member with GLG, an advisor with visaQ Inc out of Japan and one of the leading writers on Quora for Leadership Development. Leadership is all about people; it's about inspiring people to believe in themselves, to believe that anything is possible and to believe in something much greater than their own self-preservation; when we have that type of influence as leaders great things happen.

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