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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: #53,785 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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225 of 226 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.
102 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Myers-Briggs test is very general Feb. 28 2011
By Chris Waldorf - Published on Amazon.com
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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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