In the second edition of his best-seller “Please Understand Me” (1998) author David Keirsey, creator of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, states: “We are interested in doing what we do well and tend to do well in what we are interested in doing.” Using your natural thought process at work and in school leads to fulfillment rather than frustration.
On March 10, 2015, I went to a Neil Diamond concert in Providence, one stop on his 2015 World Tour. He performed for two hours straight without a break. Having also seen Neil Diamond in 2001 and 2005, it was obvious that the seventy-four year old musician’s talents and dynamic stage presence are the reasons for his enduring popularity. According to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame website, “Neil Diamond is among the top-grossing performers and best-selling recording artists of all time.” During his half-century career, Diamond “has yielded one of the most enduring catalogs in American popular music.”
In his hit song “Brooklyn Roads”, Diamond sings about his childhood growing up in working-class Brooklyn, New York. The lyrics tell his “type story”, how his creative imagination caused his mind to drift during the school day:
“Mama’d come to school
And as I sit there softly crying
Teacher’d say, “He’s just not trying
Got a good head if he’d apply it
But you know yourself,
It’s always somewhere else.”
Identifying your personality type will help you find that special niche where you can use your talents, feel fulfilled and have the best opportunities to succeed. The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame website states: “As of 2001, Neil Diamond claimed worldwide record sales of 115 million copies, and early in the 21st century, he ranked third on the list of the most successful adult contemporary artists in the history of the Billboard chart.” Although it’s hard to fathom an income like this, doing what you enjoy is rewarding in so many ways.