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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (March 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316167266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316167260
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Oct. 5 2013
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The book arrived on time. I have used this book for many years as a high school counsellor and it has been invaluable. I have tried using other M-B guides but this one is very simple and straightforward. There is ample opportunity to double check on the personality type and the suggested career areas fit in very well with the personality type. I have been doing M-B tests with my students for 32 years and started using this about 15 years ago. It works really well for about 50% of students, reasonably well for about 25% and not at all for about 25%. This is much better than any other M-B based system that I have used.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coco on Jan. 15 2012
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Intéressant pour un professionnel du domaine.Je pourrai proposer des pistes professionnelles à mes clients et leur permettre d'explorer par eux même certaines sections.
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I discovered this book late in my Engineering Executive career. I had experienced most personality types through life's experiences. This book put it all into perspective. With peoples' 16 personality types explained along with their advantages and disadvantages and best fits, it gave me a much better understanding and a new set of tools to fit peoples' strengths and weaknesses into much more coherent teams. And job satisfaction and results soared.

This book remains THE one book I recommend to myself, my kids, and my nieces and nephews. If they're reluctant to read it, direct them to the 10 minute personality test and turn the page to their personality chapter. They're sure to be amazed and comforted by knowing that there's 15 other types all around them, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. And no one can be everything. I believe they need to hear that more today than ever before!

The aunts and uncles also learn something. Hard to imagine a more informed and tolerant set of siblings and in-laws though.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Aug. 26 2007
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Choosing a career based on personality type is not a new concept; in fact, the first edition of DO WHAT YOU ARE was released in 1992 (and I can actually remember reading it when I was a junior in high school). In this, the fourth edition, hopefully even more teens will be exposed to this great resource.

The authors, both experts in personality type and career development, put forth the idea that choosing a career path based on your individual personality will be beneficial to your success. For those worried that discovering your personality type is a difficult process, don't despair, because the authors make it quite easy.

There are four dimensions to personality type:

Whether you are extroverted or introverted.
Whether you notice things by sensing or intuition.
Whether you make decisions by thinking or feeling.
Whether you prefer to live by judging or perceiving.

Once you've discovered the answer to each of these four questions, you'll be able to discover which of the sixteen possible personality types you fall into. Once you do, you can quickly skip to the relevant section in the book.

In my case, my personality is ESTJ - or extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging. According to the authors of DO WHAT YOU ARE, my strengths lie in organization, being objective, working alone, and being a good decision maker. My weaknesses are also outlined, and include impatience with those who don't follow procedures, a tendency to overrun people, and difficulty listening to opposing viewpoints. Some suggestions for careers, based on my personality type, are as a teacher, government employee, sales, supervisor, or a manager.
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226 of 227 people found the following review helpful
Career-Changer Sept. 1 2010
By Christopher J. Cranford - Published on Amazon.com
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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!

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!
65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Great book for digging into your personality and relating it to your work. Dec 9 2008
By Dwayne A. Hoover - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Helped my choose my major. July 13 2007
By -Corey - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not helpful if already familiar with Myers Briggs Dec 26 2012
By Sarah H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this knowing my Myers Briggs profile. Basically, beyond helping you figure out your type, there are just a few pages on your type. Most helpful is a list of careers people of your type usually like. Then there are profiles of 2 or 3 people of your type in different careers explaining why they find their jobs fulfilling and linking that to the type. I found those profiles so boring I couldn't read them. I already pretty much knew what I like and want out of jobs, just wasn't clear which jobs fit that profile. To that end, I just wanted the list, about 2 pages of the whole book. The list was not even that innovative. STrongly recommend just getting this out of your library or used as you won't need to refer back to it much and most of the book you won't use.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Shortest Possible Way to Know About Yourself & Choose The Right Work For Life... Sept. 29 2009
By Zeerik Ahmad - Published on Amazon.com
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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. But this book " Do What You Are " completely addresses a different subject and makes it more direct simplified to know about yourself through a proper proven & validated system.

The first confusion & complexity about life and human being is that majority of us still don't know `who actually we are' or `who actually we are meant to be' - we just live & design our lives based on many general family influences, cultural norms, friends influences, society, schooling etc. and we start becoming very practical & intelligent -this is what we think - but the fact remains that most of us end up living mediocre lives - why it is like that ? - may be after only our retirement we will have time to think about it...

" Do What You Are " simply helped me to understand what job & work I should choose which will interest me more, which will connect with my innate talents, which will help to do more & more of it, which will help me to excel in it, and which will help me to enjoy it all of my life.

Well, one important point to learn is that - it doesn't matter -if the talents which we eventually find relate to something very ordinary & small or something not very main stream - becoming a doctor may itself be a very big dream, but you may hate the look of medicines and injured people - perhaps you may only like to draw sketches - well definitely becoming a doctor is much more lucrative, society friendly and gets you more money in life. The route for drawing sketches, concentrating on it may not bring you much money or the kind of status doctor or lawyer or business tycoon can enjoy.

The writer, the traveler, the musician, the actor, the researcher, the journalist, many more of such kinds may not apparently give you the feel that it can bring good money & status, and you may have your own requirements or family requirements or pressures to earn more in life. That is where we deviate from our innate talents - and get on the bandwagon. But you know there are chances that if even by other influences you happen to become a doctor or lawyer, still you may end up having an ordinary living because you may not be doing that good which any other passionate doctor or lawyer can do and also you will have burn out after 10 or more years - so it's a lose-lose situation largely.

On the other hand, if you choose to stick to your innate talents & aptitude (be it small or ordinary), the initial route may not show you big rewards , status or money, but after years of commitment & hard work it starts opening up new opportunities for you. That's the kind of patience which is required after we know about ourselves through "Do What You Are".

Having read " Do What You Are " is one thing and trying to apply it on you is the real deal. I am very confident that it will help you as it has helped me to unclutter the confusion for myself.

Through this book - I turned out to be "ENFP" - Extrovert, Intuitive, and Feeling & Perceiving.

I was doing a job in a bank in Operations for about 10 years - well now if you happen to read about who ENFPs are like in this book "Do What You Are"- you will come to understand why I was at the wrong place for so many years. It has changed now - I am doing Marketing - and involved in writing, graphics & creativity. That's what I am and really enjoy too.

It has helped to me to establish clarity about me & my life - which indeed is great feeling. Every day, when you wake up, you feel fresh right from the first hour and feel fully geared up for the day ahead. That's all matters in the short term. With this approach in mind, you automatically will achieve your long term goals and dreams too. Instead of making big plans and long term objectives, just try to focus on the small gains and what matters most to you in the short term - it will lead you to big victories.

" Do What You Are " has become one of my favorites - I feel like preaching about this book to all... This feeling is simply based on my own research & experience & the impact it had on my life. But I urge you to read it with positive frame of mind and by giving sufficient committed time to help you understand the concepts.

I wish you luck if you do happen to grab this book...

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