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A request from Donna Dunning

Please Share Your Story or Strategy

Although I have studied personality type for over 20 years, I still find it most helpful to hear from the experts on the different types. That’s you. To help others learn and develop, please share your stories. How does your career suit who you are? What have you learned to do to be successful? Thanks for sharing.

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5 Responses to “Responder Career Success Stories and Strategies”

  1. Therese says:

    Personality Type: ESFP

    When I jumped into the fast paced world of sales, I experienced difficulty juggling my personal life with my work life. I was working from home, which made it so challenging to create separation between the two. I found it nearly impossible to even enjoy a television program while my work was starring right at me. My cell phone was a personal and work number, so even if I left the house, it would not stop ringing, all day, all night! Both situations lead to increased stress levels and feeling burnt out and defeated all the time… I knew I needed to change something! I started with re-organizing my workspace. Although it was organized before, I needed to adjust it so that nothing was visible. All of my files were moved inside of file drawers rather than on open racks and office supplies were tucked away. It was no longer an overwhelming feeling as I would come home and stare at what needs to be done! I then activated another cell phone that would be specifically for my personal use. When I wasn’t working on weekends and/or evenings, I would completely shut off my work cell phone, put my files away and not even look at them until the following workday. I noticed right away I was feeling better and could actually take my time off to re-coup and relax. I learned that if you can’t leave your work at the office, you have to find a new way to leave your work, in my case, shut off and tucked away!

  2. Jess says:

    Personality Type: ESFP

    I graduated from college three years ago and struggled to find “my place” in the work world … until I took my current job. Though it started as nothing more than data entry, my job quickly turned into much more than that. I have a degree in English and people started taking advantage of my editing skills (something I enjoy doing!). I loved getting to work that closely with other people. Then, even the data entry side turned into something more enjoyable: I got to begin working on a brand new website! New! How fun is that? Soon enough, I was part of a small group of people who were working in constant collaboration to figure out what was best for the new site. The site, I might mention, is a new online retail store dedicated to a topic that I am VERY passionate about in my “out of work” life. As part of our PR, we are working on Facebook, Twitter, and I’m even writing a blog! I absolutely love the flexibility my job offers and I love how much collaboration there is every day. My co-workers are fantastic and I can’t see myself being anywhere else for a very, very long time. Plus, I know if for any reason something “doesn’t fit” at my job, they will work to make it fit for me again!

  3. MS says:

    Personality Type: ESFP

    I’m a medical student i didn’t enter medical school for the love of it i entered it because apparently i’m smart enough… i always get excellent grades except in toxicology (hate it)..the school was easy it did take alot of hard work lots of studying but it was all new experiences and fun with tons of new people to meet.. i’m now in my final year it’s soo hard for me because i’m starting to feel the pressure of having to make a decision about what specialty to choose but i ‘m more towards specialties that will involve more interaction and talking with the patient something that depend mainly on changing your patient life style through convincing him and talking to him like Diabetes or Rehabilitation … also i’m now trying to reconnect with my old hobbies like drawing and writing stories because really medical school sucks the life out of you.. and i try to get out with my friends and have fun whenever i can because i found out that i can never function when i’m upset anything i do will take more hours than necessary and end up failing but when i’m happy and i just did something new or had fun ,i’m motivated to work harder and better and end up with great results … it’s like i need recharging every week and that’s by having fun and human interaction otherwise i’m battery dead

  4. Shard Bearer says:

    Personality Type: ESFP

    It’s interesting that Therese has the same attitude about where files being visible was a problem but having them hidden made it better. This past year I realized I had a ton of open baskets with papers, books and all kinds of other stuff around and I realized it was still very unpleasant to see and it felt still utterly disorganized so I decided to try using closed boxes instead. Sure they are still visible because I like things to be at hand when I need them but having the contents of the boxes not visible made such a difference! My ISTJ mother was visiting one day and wondered why I had so many boxes out in the open instead of the baskets she originally gave me the idea for. She couldn’t stand looking at it my way (boxes) and I couldn’t stand looking at it her way.

  5. Shard Bearer says:

    Personality Type: ESFP

    Like MS, I found that in college having time for hobbies and plenty of socialization after hours made it feel like a breeze compared to when I wasn’t able to do either and I started getting better grades as a result of my feeling fulfilled I guess you could say and relaxed. Much of the time spent in school my best grades occurred when my social life was stress free and plentiful. It was like a requirement. Now I’m realizing much of what was happening is due to my personality and is quite normal. If my social life was crap, I didn’t perform so well and with poor grades on top of that it was easy to get depressed. I’m better at balancing things in my life now and know how to fix it if there’s something wrong.

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