Over the past few days, I’ve been watching the 1989 Western miniseries, Lonesome Dove.
(A refreshingly nihilistic break from the Lord of the Rings movies of the weeks previous.)
In it, Gus, one of the two retired Texas Rangers the story centers on (played by Robert Duvall) said to the other (a gruff, mega-INTJ Tommy Lee Jones) something that was astoundingly familiar:
“I’m just tryin’ to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it’s my obligation to do less.”
This closely synopsizes how I’ve gone about pretty much everything in life, from school all the way up through the launch of my membership site, Biz Typology:
To get things done the “P-brained” way—by spending as little time or as doing as little work on it as possible.
(An argument could be made that the “copy slacker” lifestyle agrees with me.)
That’s not to say that I’m lazy or that I even respect laziness—in fact, it’s just the opposite.
I’d just rather do things the way I’d like to do them—which is in a way that keeps my potentially-ADD-riddled mind constantly engaged, curious, and (dare I say it) happy and even excited to do the work.
This includes outsourcing certain tasks (and specifically working on others myself) as well as organizing my day in a very particular way.
My to-do list is also done in a very specific way.
But, as it’s been discussed in the members-only Biz Typology group, this doesn’t necessarily go with (or even make sense to) some of the more linear, J-minded types.
Simply put: our brains are just different.
That is unless you know how to navigate other types, getting them onboard your side of operating—and, at times, how to “jailbreak” your own productivity in order to make them happy, too.
So, while people on social media are bandying about memes about extroverts versus introverts, there’s a whole other galaxy in the personality multiverse. One where the creative, left-brained oblong pegs can actually fit into the square holes of systems-based teams and workplaces… and actually like it.
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