The end of this chapter: lessons learned and looking ahead

This blog post marks the end of a chapter in my life. For those of you who are following my blog specifically for my MBTI related articles, I’m sorry to disappoint you. As I might have hinted in my last blog post, I’m taking a break from this topic as I’ll be moving on to other things.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still a fan of Jung typology. However, I’m tired of reading internet stuff and going to MBTI meet-up groups where type theory is interpreted on a surface level. This only further discredits the theory that’s already subject to a lot of skepticism. And even those who do understand the cognitive functions don’t have a full consensus when it comes to type theory. After all, MBTI and Jung typology is a theoretical model, and we should be cautious about using it when it comes to understanding people.

My own personality type is also hurting my professional brand. Apparently, introversion is still a trait that’s frowned upon, despite the rise of the introvert movement (as led by Susan Cain, founder of the Quiet Revolution)Although I prefer activities that require solitude, that doesn’t mean I’m unsocial or that I lack any leadership qualities.

Either way, until I can figure out how to separate my personal blog from my professional portfolio, without creating a mess and hurting my SEO, you can still find my INFP content on this site. 

What’s happening

I survived winter and the long commute. I published my first book. The weather is sunnier and warmer. I’m getting lots of fresh air.

And I’ve finally started listening to podcasts.

Why didn’t I think of this before? It’s making my commute so much more enjoyable and entertaining.

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I’m now a huge fan of Freakonomics Radio. Each day, I listen to some interesting and discussions from subject matter experts on a variety of topics: from the economics of the mattress industry to automation and jobs.

One of my favourite podcast episodes thus far is Why is My Life So Hard?  Here’s an important quote:

“Most of us feel we face more headwinds and obstacles than everyone else — which breeds resentment. We also undervalue the tailwinds that help us — which leaves us ungrateful and unhappy.”

This is partially why I’ve been feeling a bit miserable a few months ago. I had way too many high expectations, I was feeling “stuck,” and in doing so, I forgot how good I have it.

Come to think of it, I’m still so far better off than I was two years ago when I was in a total rut. I like my work environment and my colleagues. My company has some pretty big clients which are also a bonus.

Plus, looking at the bigger picture, compared to many other parts of the world, I’m so fortunate to be in a country that has universal healthcare and is not at war.

So yes. Things are great.

As well, focusing on my self-improvement and finding ways to be more useful, has made me feel a lot happier. For instance, I’ve volunteered to help hEr VOLUTION, a non-profit to promote STEM among women and minorities, with their social media content production. Not only is this an opportunity for me to make a difference in the community, I also hope to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the tech industry.

Finally, I don’t know when I’ll post my next blog, or what I’ll write about. But I guess that’s what makes this all the more exciting. 🙂

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