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Self Reflection and Discovery

For the last few weeks I've been doing lots of soul searching regarding my career and the wonderful world of advertising/ photography. I still love both industries.. but.. have gotten really into digital marketing. In fact, I tend to jump from one interest to another and have been known to do so throughout my whole life with gusto. Growing up, I enjoyed art classes, ice skating lessons, running, biking, creating and selling beaded jewelry, photography, volleyball, softball... and the list goes on. The epitome of a jack of all trades. I suppose I should add writing to that list. Lately I've started to wonder whether or not my vast array of interests is the result of ADD. Unfortunately, my lack of focus can't be solved with a pill according to a very intelligent Park Avenue psychiatrist that I recently visited. He theorized that I don't trust my own decisions and over think things. I felt this was an accurate assessment, although like Oprah preaches, I have learned to "trust my own instincts" more often.

Despite his assessment, the direction of my career has been bouncing around in my head like a fast moving ping pong ball. Last weekend I researched getting either a masters or MBA. See, I can't even start moving forward until I figure out what test to take! Unsatisfied with my research, I looked to a higher power. No, not God, although I did briefly pray in my head for him to give me direction - but the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Eureka!

The test revealed that I'm an ENTP = (Extraversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Perception) and re-enforced some of my own assessments but now I know how to harness my personality traits. Like for instance, it said I like generating ideas but not following through with the day to day. Check. Loves constantly learning new things and apt to move on to the next activity once mastered a skill. Check. And obviously the list go on and on but I now have a specific direction for my career. (It's a secret) I'm excited to learn that fellow ENTP's include: Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Hitchcock, John Malkovich, Nikola Tesla, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Benjamin Franklin, and Richard Feynman so along with sharing a birthday with Leonardo Da Vinci, I better eventually do something amazing! I wonder if your birth date and sign actually do have an effect on your personality because lots of the qualities for Aries coincide with the traits for an ENTP but then again, only 3% of American are ENTP's while obviously a much larger percentage share my Zodiac sign.

Anyway, I now feel like I can sleep at night.

And on that note. Good night!