- 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; Revised, Updated edition (March 21, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316167266
- ISBN-13: 978-0316167260
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 392 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type Paperback – March 21, 2007
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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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My only complaint is that it doesn't have a questionnaire to help define your personality type. You read descriptions of the various elements, and figure out which in each pair of traits describes you best. I'm close to the middle on the Judging/Perceiving scale, with characteristics of both, and was having a hard time figuring out which side I was really on. A 72-item questionnaire that I found on the Internet was what finally helped me get a handle on that. I hope the next edition will include something similar.
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!
This book won't say: "Mr. Smith, you need to work at an accounting firm for a food company in Dallas Texas." What it will say is: "Hey, you're the kind of person who loved working with numbers, and double-checking digits, here are several Fields of jobs for you, why you would like them, and why you wouldn't, and what other people who are like you are doing."
I'm actually bringing this book to college for some of the younger kids. I'm ordering another just to make sure I still have one. I wish I had had it when I was going, twenty years ago, and maybe my life would be a lot different.
If you are at all like me, get this book. Don't wonder what will make you happy, find it!