" 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...