Sitting in the audience, Laura admired Sophie as she sang effortlessly, her heart and soul in the song she was delivering; an unbelievable performance that ended with loud cheers and ovations from the audience.
“I wish I was a gifted singer like Sophie” Laura thought as the elegant Sophie left the stage with confidence amidst continued shouting and cheering.
Both women had been good friends since high school. Sophie had always been an outgoing and socially confident person, an extrovert who enjoyed public attention. So, it did not come as a surprise that she became a star musician and live performer.
Laura on the other hand had always been more reserved, preferring to confine herself to the library digging for books to read. With her credentials, she became a chartered stockbroker at a top multimedia company, which was doing very well in the stock market. As a broker, she had received lots of accolades for her excellent achievements. She also volunteered as a facilitator in training schools where she helped groom emerging professionals, undisputedly a pro in her field.
Sadly, she failed to realize how valuable she was. She did not realise the difference between her personality traits and Sophie’s. Hence, she battled with low esteem when she compared herself with the popular, celebrity-like Sophie. She failed to understand herself and to discover her own strength.
Sometimes we act like Laura.
We find ourselves wanting to become someone else without pausing for a moment to consider the strength that lies in just being ourselves, the sad outcome of this being prolonged states of depression and dissatisfaction.
We must realise that until we understand who we truly are, we might find it hard to make the right career choices or, even worse, we might find no fulfilment in whatever we do.
Therefore, we will be looking at the different temperaments and how they can influence our career.
According to Socrates (A Greek philosopher whose thoughts exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy), there are four main classifications of human personality.
1. The Choleric;
2. The Sanguine;
3. The Phlegmatic and;
4. The Melancholy
The Choleric and Sanguine are termed as extroverts (or outgoing) while The Phlegmatic and Melancholy are regarded as introverts (or reserved). Now let’s analyse these temperaments more closely:
The Choleric (Dominant Director) – “Break through the wall”
Meet a Choleric and you’ll find a very practical and straight forward person. For the Choleric, motivating or influencing others is a trait that comes naturally. They are very enthusiastic, goal oriented, savvy, analytical and logical individuals who are not satisfied with ordinary things. They always want to be in charge of everything.
If you often find yourself being very ambitious and leader-like, you might want to consider a career that gives you more room to express these innate potentials.
Some career or professional interest that will be ideal for a Choleric are those that requires leadership, motivation and productivity. Choleric folks often do well as Entrepreneurs, Preachers, Managers, Programmers and Engineers.
The Sanguine (Interacting Socializer) – “We will walk our way through the wall”
It is not difficult to identify a Sanguine when you spot one. They are social butterflies, ever cheerful and easy going. They are always lively, optimistic, buoyant and carefree. Making new friends is very easy for a sanguine and there is never a dull moment whenever you have them around. Trust me, their natural charisma adds richness to every community.
A Sanguine is a very creative and artistic individual. If you are sanguine, you will naturally do well if you choose a career in the entertainment industry. Sanguine folks’ natural abilities helps them build a successful career as fashion designers, make-up artists, marketing executives, tourist agents or even caterers.
The Phlegmatic (Steady relater) – “We’ll work our way through the wall”
If you’re in search of anyone that you can rely upon anytime or any day, just meet a Phlegmatic.
They are naturally good team players and supportive individuals. Mediation and consensus is a natural gift to Phlegmatic. They also know how to avoid and resolve conflicts. No wonder they can preserve relationships with old friends, classmates, or even colleagues. It might interest some single readers to know that Phlegmatics make loyal spouses and loving parents too.
They are also committed to charitable causes and their personality helps them build up a successful career in teaching, nursing, psychology, counseling, child development and social services.
The Melancholy (Cautious thinkers) – “I’ll find the best way through the wall”
A Melancholic personality is a reserved and naturally gifted person with great intelligence quotient. You must have heard someone mockingly say: “Why are you looking so Melancholy?” but this doesn’t even come close to describing the qualities of a Melancholic Personality. The reason for the allusion might perhaps be due to their reserved nature and sometimes boring outlook. But wait a moment! There are lots of other amazing facts about the melancholic personality which you will also find interesting.
The Melancholy is a cautious thinker, compliant controller and task oriented individual. They are calm, quiet, tactful, diligent and accurate. They pay attention to details, and stick to rules. They prefer to do things the traditional way even when others don’t understand why. They are good at figuring things out and this trait has been the secret of many great inventions we see in our world today.
Perfect careers that suits a melancholic personality should be management, administration, engineering, programming and accounting.
Summarily, you must realise that there is no best temperament and it does not matter whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. There is always a career that suits you. Everyone have some unique qualities in them and if well harnessed, it will contribute greatly to building a successful career life.
Discover your temperament today and harness your potentials.
J. T. ALEX