Probably I would make a fantastic goat herder
September 1, 2013 1:14 PM Subscribe
I'm seeking input on ways to make a living. Difficulty: I am dreamy, quiet, intuitive, and non-process-oriented.
posted by whistle pig to work & money (13 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Are you dreamy and quiet and have found a job that you are good at, or at least competent at, and that doesn't drain you?
If you believe in things like the Myers-Briggs typology, I am an INFP to the core. Another good way to describe myself would be to invoke David Sedaris's description of his sister: "You could tell Gretchen anything in strict confidence, knowing that five minutes later she would recall nothing but the play of shadows on your face."
Sadly, my personality type seems to be directly at odds with earning an income. I'm terrible about paying attention to office politics or to details or processes that are not inherently fascinating to me. I'm also of the "throw the spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks" school of problem solving, which is not always the greatest way to get things done.
To quote Ani DiFranco, "Art is why I get up in the morning," but it doesn't pay the bills. Are there any jobs out there where my qualities would be an asset rather than a liability? I'm not kidding (hah!) that I would probably make a great goat-herder. It doesn't seem all that realistic, though.