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Product Details

  • Series: Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 4 Rev Upd edition (March 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316167266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316167260
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger are nationally recognised experts in Personality Type. Over nearly twenty years, they have trained thousands of career counsellors, outplacement consultants and human resource specialists.

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Customer Reviews

It is the very easy to read and relatively short book.
A. Sinitsyna
In addition to career advice, this book also gave me great insight on how other personality types think and process information.
hkdrs
This book has an in-depth analysis of the different Myers-Briggs "Type" personalities and relates those to your career.
Jeff

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212 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Cranford on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book two years ago trying to get something for my brother, so that he could decide what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. I worked as a electronics technician in a factory after ten years in the Navy, and even had gotten a degree in computer database programming. I brought the book home over Thanksgiving, and started to read it one day because I was bored. I count that as was one of my luckiest moments ever.

Two years later I had put aside enough money to go to college full-time and finish a degree I always wanted. I so strongly believe in what this book says, it's changed my life. I hated my job, and hated the prospect of programming databases (I had to pick a degree that was work related, so my job would help pay for it. In addition, there's a lot of databases in the world to work on so I was looking at job security). I always believe That You Do What You Have To Do To, that you sucked it up and worked at where you got paid. I was taking anti-depressants and just hoping I could work one more year, year after year. I was so stressed out about work that my jaw would clench when I slept and I would bite my tongue, over and over again.

I read this book, and found out my personality type. I took the free online test to confirm what I thought. Then this book laid out for me exactly why I hated my job, and exactly why I would hate database programming. And it laid out what job I needed to be in, and why that job would make me happy.

I'm scared every now and then, because it's something new and I'm middle-aged now, and I'm used to having a job. But taking a year out to get a degree in something that will make me happy for the rest of my life will be worth it. Oh, and I've been off anti-depressants for a year now, and Doing Great!
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne A. Hoover on December 9, 2008
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Having recently taken an authentic MBTI (Myers-Briggs) assessment and experiencing some "what should I do when I grow up" anxiety lately (I'm 31, haha), this book was a great tool for my search. A large portion of the book is spent determining your MBTI type and then digging deeper into your type and what it actually means. There are 16 different types, and each type has its own chapter, so if you're put back by the size of the book (really not that big anyway), don't worry...you probably will just read about your own type. If after reading this book, you're still a little unclear about what you want to do...check out "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was" as an awesome follow-up.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By -Corey on July 13, 2007
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This book was really helpful. What made it different from other personality type books is the real world example. I could read one and say, "that's just like me!" or "that's not me at all". After I finished it, which didn't take very long, I knew what my strengths and weaknesses were. It even gave me a list of good jobs for people like me. For a college student who's trying to decide what they want to do career wise, this book helped seal the deal and choose a major. I highly suggest it to anyone who is unsure who they are or what they want to do.
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99 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Chris Waldorf on February 28, 2011
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While this is a well done book and it will be very helpful for some, for those of you who take this test and something doesn't quite click, don't despair. Try another route. The Myers-Briggs test which this book is based on isn't the only type of aptititude test out there.

In my case, I took the Myers-Briggs test a couple times early on after college and it really didn't help me. After taking the test I also read a number of the different 16 personality types and thought they applied equally well to me. I never thought that the guidance was very useful. Because I didn't think to try another style of test, I went along in a finance career for over ten years that I really didn't find fully engaging.

Thankfully, in my thirties I did end up finding another book (Discover What You're Best At by Linda Gale) that hit the nail on the head for me. As a result of this and another test by Johnson O'Connor I went back to school to become an industrial engineer and I love what I do. Also, if you want to spend more, the top career testing outfit in the country is called Johnson O'Connor (which is not for profit) does a great job and also identified my current career. While the price is high, the investment you make in your career is far greater.

The reason I bought this book and another which also turned out to be based on Myers-Briggs is because I wanted to help a young person find some direction and I bought it. After reading through this and taking the personality test, this didn't come close to identifying the career I'm in now. The Myers-Briggs test is just too general and doesn't provide much guidance.

If this book and the Myers-Briggs test work you you, great. If not, try other types of tests. It is well worth the effort.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Zeerik Ahmad on September 29, 2009
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" Do what You Are " just shook me out of nowhere, which I was not expecting. Although the concept given by these two thorough researchers (Paul & Barbara) are well established for several years now, but frankly, it was the first time for me that I was reading & understanding about the 16 types of personalities - what are these 16 types of personalities by the way...

How can the entire population of more than 6 billion people be just divided into these 16 types - how can it be like that - I had more skepticism on my mind than the positivity. Well since the start of the book " Do What You Are " was so interesting, I felt gripped to read on & know more. That's what I did.

The strange awkward four letter combination - like ENFP, ESFJ, ENFJ, INTP, etc initially sounded silly & stupid without making any sense to me. But later, they actually proved to be magical letters.

As I shared I didn't know what these personality types are and how effective they are. The only way for me to validate were two ways:

1 - To do further research & know more about the authenticity & validity of these authors & their works & its practical application on others.
2 - The second way was to apply it on me first.

So I started my journey to validate this model based on my simple approach at least first to convince myself about the quality & effectiveness of the product.

Well, in short, it helped to change my life to a great extent and the way I look at it now. It threw the most impactful impression on my mind.

I have read many more similar books in life especially on self-improvement - well many have their own angle to address life & human mind - and they definitely are good and also add value.
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