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Why It’s Really OK If You Don’t Want To Be A Leader

Why It’s Really OK If You Don’t Want To Be A Leader

You don’t feel like being a leader. But everyone says their career goal is to be a manager, or the CEO. It seems that you should do the same if you want to make progress and get promoted…

However you can’t convince yourself. Something doesn’t feel right. Being a leader is just not your thing. And it doesn’t mean you are not ambitious. It just means you want something else, something different.

Let me tell you, it’s really OK if you don’t want to be a leader.

Being the leader does not equate to higher ability

Being a leader does not mean to be better than everyone else at everything. It just means he/she is better at putting people together to work towards the same goal.

In every successful company, a great leader also needs loyal supporters. Without talented supporters, a leader can’t achieve anything.

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Instead of forcing yourself to follow the crowd, you should first understand yourself and go for what’s suitable for you. If you go in the wrong direction, you may never fully appreciate and realize the unique talents and potential that you have.

The Cambridge personality test (Link)[1]

This test was developed from the work of the prominent psychiatrist Carl Jung.

It helps indicate people’s personality based on 4 pairs of characteristics:

Extraversion VS introversion

Sensing VS intuition

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Thinking VS feeling

Judgement VS perception

And these four pairs of characteristics combine to form 16 types of personality.

In the test, there are 100 questions which take around 15 minutes to finish answering. Don’t be scared yet! Though it’s a bit long, the accuracy is higher too.

When you finish, a detailed report will be shown:

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    From your personality to the right career path

    After knowing which type of person you belong to, you can find out more about the kinds of careers that are suitable for you.

    Truity is a site that tells you all the details about your personality type and the good and bad career options for you.

    To check it out, first click this link and select your personality type.

      When you get into your personality type page, you can find a much more detailed description about your personality.

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      The career column specifically tells what kind of jobs best suit people with that type of personality.

        For the example listed above, people with ISFP are said to enjoy more “hands-on activities”. It is said ISFP people like to keep a “low profile and do not usually like to be in positions that require them to speak publicly or lead large groups”.

        In other words, they perform better being a supporter, rather than a leader.

        So, it is really okay for you if you don’t want to be a leader. It is just who you are!

        Reference

        [1]The Psychometrics Centre: My personality

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        Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

        Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

        Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

        I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

        The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

        People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

        I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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        “What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
        “What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
        “What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
        “What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

        After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

        One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

        If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

        Everything takes energy

        Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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        Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

        The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

        Find something that is worth doing

        Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

        When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

        I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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        When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

        It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

        Other excuses I often hear are:

        “But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
        “I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
        “At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
        “Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

        I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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        I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

        Conclusion

        Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

        Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

        Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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