“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” - Jorge Luis Borges
Since childhood, I knew there was something wrong with me. I was a girl, but I never played with dolls. I was only a child, but already I enjoyed work and looked for satisfaction in other places. I liked playing with other kids, but they sometimes made me feel bored. I would often go out alone, play with dogs, feed and observe farm animals, investigate nature and implement the most creative ideas that popped into my head. I searched for lonely activities as much as I searched for the one friend who would accept me the way I was.
So many years have passed, and I still feel I’m being judged for the fact that I like spending time alone and I avoid social events. My acquaintances still can’t believe that I might actually choose to spend time alone rather than have a beer and flirt with guys at a party. For INTJs (especially women), it’s nothing other than a complete waste of time and strength.
We find it hard to make friends. We find it hard to fall in love. We find it hard to talk to people. We get tired, frustrated and bored with all the small talk that others adore so much, the unoriginal and shallow topics they enjoy discussing, and the emotions they project onto others. That’s why we tend to live in an invisible bullet-proof bubble and don’t allow anyone in. We need distance, solitude, appreciation, achievement and possibilities to learn and improve as much as we need air to breathe.
The question is, how and where can we find fulfillment? At home with kids? Most INTJs don’t put family on the first place of life achievements and success. Pursuing a romantic relationship? That doesn’t really correspond to our “rational thinking” feature, does it? So, what do we actually want and need? Where we can cope with living without friends and partners, we can’t cope with wasting our time in a job that doesn’t suit our skills, talents, abilities, and above all, our personality.
I have had a few jobs in the past few years, which paid my bills but left me exhausted, depressed, unhappy, unsatisfied and unfulfilled. There is nothing worse for an INTJ than to stop developing or learning, do a repetitive and boring job, or not being able to use their natural skills in practice.
If you’re an INTJ searching for a perfect job, I’m going to tell you about the job that made me feel fulfilled.
Becoming a writer
I have always loved reading and I’ve always enjoyed writing. As a child, I dreamed about becoming a writer, but society taught me that writing was not a serious job. Also, my parents would often tell me that it would not pay my bills. So, I learned to treat it as a hobby and I pursued a career in sales instead. That was the biggest mistake of my life.
I lost two years trying to be a person I wasn’t. During that time, I learned that the key to finding the perfect career is to stop listening to others and start doing what you enjoy. Simple.
Thus, I decided to study journalism and become a writer, and that was the best decision I made in my entire life. Although writing has always been my hobby, it’s now my job. In my work hours, I write texts for various companies and in my free time, I run a blog and publish articles all over the web where I teach others how to write perfect posts, how to overcome workplace problems and how to find a fulfilling job.
Writing makes me feel:
- Satisfied and;
Is writing a good career for INTJs?
There are many careers that INTJs can excel at. So, why should you consider being a writer? Let me share five reasons why this job is perfect for an INTJ type:
1. You can work in solitude
Since INTJs are Introverts, they need to spend time alone in order to recharge after social interaction. Also, they prefer lonely activities and hobbies like running or reading books, to team sports and parties. Thus, jobs that require human contact and teamwork are problematic for INTJs. Writing, on the other hand, is perfect. You can work alone and the required human interaction can be done through the Internet. Isn’t it wonderful?
2. You can solve problems
What’s the difference between Feelers (F) and Thinkers (T)? When a Feeler sees that their friend is crying, they will immediately offer emotional support and sympathize with them. Thinkers, on the other hand, want to know why their friend is crying and as soon as they find out, offer a rational solution to their problem. That feature of character, problem-solving, is common to all INTJs, and can be used while writing. For example, I often educate my readers through my posts and offer solutions to their problems. Nothing makes me feel better than knowing my help was appreciated.
3. You can be creative
INTJs’ heads are full of original ideas. They also want to improve themselves, as well as everybody around. Wouldn’t it be great if your job consisted of polishing your skills, being creative and educating others? Writing gives you such an opportunity. For instance, you can improve other people’s writing by editing their work or share your ideas by writing articles or books. The possibilities are endless.
4. You can read and learn even more
Having a thirst for knowledge, INTJs love to have their noses in books. Often called bookworms, they are proud of how much they learn, understand and know. This very feature of enjoying reading and educating themselves makes INTJs great writers.
5. You can keep yourself challenged
INTJs demand challenges. They need to feed their minds with originality and novelty. Thus, writing makes for a perfect occupation, as it allows you to express yourself. If you write a book, the topic can be anything that interests you most. If you do SEO copywriting for a company, you can polish your skills and be creative. If you need to write about a topic you don’t know, you can learn something new. You’re never bored when writing.
Is a writing career best for all INTJs? Of course not. We each have different skills, interests and talents. However, writing is worth considering, for it suits your personality features. Since it made me feel happy and fulfilled, there’s a chance some of you will find satisfaction in it as well.