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Professional Success and Personality Types

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Thinker13
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Posted 07/03/12 - 10:17 AM:
Subject: Professional Success and Personality Types
If you work for an organization or own your independent business, you might have seen many people and regular interaction might have revealed certain types. I am not talking about MBTI, but about your own system of thinking about people: Reserve, Gregarious, Talkative, Taciturn, Introverts, Extroverts.

Some of you might have switched across various work streams in your life-time.

Which types according to you perform better, enjoy more, have greater success in their professions.

Or take it as another question: What human values affect success in professions?

I mean, skill and capability to augment into skill are some of the indispensable factors, but then do human values instilled in one play a great role in success?


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Posted 07/03/12 - 5:59 PM:

in my experience, an energetic, positive outlook together with perseverance and a good sense of balance are a good recipe for success. i've met many successful introverts as well as extraverts, so i don't get the impression that one or the other has an impact on success, although it may be that certain fields are better suited for one mindset or the other. for example, computer programming may be better suited for introverts while retail sales may be best for extraverts.

i'd like to say a strong work ethic is an important value for success, but the reality is that some people obviously become successful by exploiting others. i haven't met anyone like that (thankfully), and i imagine that kind of path brings some detrimental karmic repercussions - what comes around goes around, live by the sword die by the sword and so on. i can only imagine, though, because i don't really know anyone like that personally.
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Posted 07/04/12 - 1:47 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
in my experience, an energetic, positive outlook together with perseverance and a good sense of balance are a good recipe for success. i've met many successful introverts as well as extraverts, so i don't get the impression that one or the other has an impact on success, although it may be that certain fields are better suited for one mindset or the other. for example, computer programming may be better suited for introverts while retail sales may be best for extraverts.

i'd like to say a strong work ethic is an important value for success, but the reality is that some people obviously become successful by exploiting others. i haven't met anyone like that (thankfully), and i imagine that kind of path brings some detrimental karmic repercussions - what comes around goes around, live by the sword die by the sword and so on. i can only imagine, though, because i don't really know anyone like that personally.


I agree with most of what you say, however, I think that extroverts have an easy time mingling with people and this makes their initial stints easier. As for solving problems at work, those involving team-work would lead to extroverts gaining an upper hand at first but there are diminishing gains in the long run as time passes by. Introverts outshine in problem solving. It's very easy to misunderstand a reserve person and it's very difficult for them to make people feel that they really mean no harm. Extroverts are able to project themselves as 'good persons,' though that doesn't mean that they're not good persons.
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