thanks so much for this post, i'm going to study what you wrote. i really need it, i have to change jobs and i need to make some choices
Hey fellow ENFP's
I'm a newbie to this forum but I'm so glad I found this thread as my main issue has always been what job to take next and although I always identify with the suggested careers/jobs suggested by profiles it's just so goddamn hard to choose one as a main career path etc!
For anyone who hasn't already come across Barbara Sher and specifically her book - Refuse To Choose (or sometimes 'What do I do when I want to do Everything?) I would highly recommend it - if only to see in print what you've always suspected about yourself and hated justifying to everyone in your life!
Basically as an ENFP I really identify with her 'Scanner' identity...
Are You A Scanner?
Is this you?
* Are you fascinated by something different every week?
* Does the thought of concentrating on one topic, skill or job for the rest of your life horrify you?
* Do you start lots of projects but rarely finish any of them?
* Does trying to choose between all your interests stress you out?
* Are you currently reading 5, 10 or even more books?
Then you are a �scanner�.
The term was chosen by US life and careers coach Barbara Sher and written about in her recent book �What Do I Do When I Want to Do Everything? - A revolutionary program for doing everything that you love�.
I'm by no means an expert from what I've read so far about ENFP I really think we are scanners! The great thing about this book is that there isn't just one type of scanner - in fact there are about 6 or 7 but the one I most definitely clicked with is the 'Jack of all Trades' as my main goal in life is just to be happy
I don't know bout the rest of you but I just have way too many interests/ideas/obsessions to just pick one and become an expert - it always feels like you're missing out if you pick one over another.
I'm definitely pleased that I've tried so many of my different interests out as income providers and I think that the only way forward for me is to have what I guess you could call a portfolio career - a few different income streams, all of which I love and would give me the variety and fulfillment that have always been my top priorities in working life and also let me keep my other interests as things I just do for me for fun.
One of the best things about the book was the notion that you don;t have to make a living from all your interests - just figure out which ones need to fill your day and ideally bring in the mula and keep the rest for enjoyment only.
Anyway, I've already written way more than I ever intended - I guess i find it easier to ramble on when it's something I'm interested in as opposed to talking about myself specifically.
Any thoughts on this? Anyone identify with ideas here or have read the book etc?
Would love to hear your thoughts!
Scanner/Make-up artist/Astrologer/Cupcake maker-Seller/cook/watercolour painter/artist/counsellor/careworker/go-to girl/organiser extraordinaire/administrator/system creator/teacher
PS Just found this link which might help anyone who wants a bit more info or starting point to learn more!
Are You a Scanner? By Barbara Sher