Like you, many other INFPs are struggling to find the right job.
And when you look online, all you find is advice like this:
“Your personality is suited to be a poet!”
“You should be a painter.”
“You’ll be a great fortune teller.”
How can they give such irresponsible advice?
So in this article, I will try to give you “INFPs” some advice that will be really useful to you.
Might Be Hard to Move Up in the Company…
Many INFPs are not even aware of themselves.
So I dare to say something harsh to INFPs.
In the workplace, your colleagues and boss may have the following impressions of you “INFPs”
Seem to be all idealism and no sense of reality
Seem to be easily discouraged by hard work
seem to have difficulty with teamwork
Some INFPs believe that someday their talents will be valued within their company.
However, many companies are looking for the following types:
People who can be relied on in any way
People who can follow orders
People who will be with the company for 10 years.
People who seem to make few mistakes.
In fact, these are the people who rise through the ranks of the company and become what we call successful people.
Think about Making Money First
I am in no way saying that you INFPs are less capable.
Instead, INFTs indeed have many talents.
But you happen not to be interested in moving up in the company.
In addition, you all seem to have a somewhat guilty feeling about making money.
That mindset is holding you back from improving your work capacity.
So I would like to think of ways for INFPs to overcome such weak-mindedness and motivate themselves to do their work.
INFPs, as mentioned at the beginning, are sometimes said to be suited to fortune tellers, for example.
This is because they have excellent intuition and seem to predict things better than most people.
Another reason is that they have good feelings and can empathize with the feelings of others.
This makes sense if we think of fortune tellers as a kind of counselor.
In reality, however, it is unlikely that INFPs will make much money if they become fortune tellers.
In fact, the typical example of a successful fortune teller is the opposite of the INFP type: the sensation type.
Most INFPs will first study by reading dozens of books on divination.
Then, after they have mastered the art of fortune-telling to some extent, they finally start their fortune-telling business.
In contrast, sensation types think about business methods before reading even a single book on divination.
They appear in front of customers dressed like a fortune teller, even though they have no knowledge of fortune telling.
Naturally, it is the sensation types who become famous without having studied fortune-telling at all.
As you may have noticed, it is doubtful that this sensation-type fortune teller was even interested in fortune telling in the first place.
On the contrary, the person probably did not even believe in fortune-telling in the first place.
However, this person just had heard from someone that fortune-telling was profitable and thought, “Okay, I’ll have a fortune in fortune-telling, too.
Put Your Dreams on the Backburner
The story of the fortune teller mentioned above should give you INFPs an idea of how they should think about work.
In other words, “work” is first and foremost about making money.
To do this, you must put your dreams on the back burner and focus only on reality for now.
Again, back to the fortune tellers.
INFPs fortune tellers will not be able to survive in the fortune-telling business after all, and are likely to give up their dreams and find another job.
Conversely, when the successful sensation types eventually retire, they will be grateful for the fortune-telling that has made their lives fruitful.