The past month has been a HUGE change for me! I recently just moved from California to New York to experience something different than what I have known my whole life (I was born and raised in Southern California). I quit both of my jobs, and with just an apartment waiting for me, I traded the west for the east coast.
When I moved out here, I began applying to any and every job I could find that interested me. As soon as I showed up to an interview, I was immediately asked, “tell me a little bit about yourself.” The first thing that popped into my head was, “well, I am from California and just recently moved to the city.” Without fail, the next 10 minutes of my interview was all about why I would ever do that.
For me, as an ImproviserTM (Linda V. Berens, Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to the 4 Temperaments—4.0 (Radiance House, 2010)), making spontaneous and split-second decisions comes naturally to me. Therefore, I didn’t quite understand why everyone I talked to was so shocked by my decision to move across the country. So naturally, I started to ponder this a little more and actually thought about why this wasn’t a big deal for me.
So when one of my recent interviewers asked, “what gets you up and excited in the morning?” and I responded, “I need to be challenged.”, I found my answer. Ever since I was little, I was never the type of person to stick my toes in the water to make sure it was warm enough to get into the pool. I was the second-grader knocking his two front teeth out by doing a backflip into the deep end of the pool. And that’s what makes me, me!
Sometimes this personality trait pushes me to grow, learn, and thrive, and sometimes it gets me into a little bit of trouble. But by recognizing and understanding what makes me tick, what motivates me, and what makes me want to do the things I do has been very powerful.
I don’t actually think it took moving out to New York to figure this out, but living in the city and having these realizations was a nice perk!
If you are feeling stuck in the major you choose, the job you have, or the living situation you are in, start to engage in a little self-exploration. Personality theory is a great way to learn more about yourself and how you navigate this world. Linda Berens’ CORE Approach is our preferred method, but there are many other ways to explore your natural strengths, core needs and communication styles. If you find a free online assessment, use it as a starting point to understand the different types and to begin to think about your inborn preferences. If you want some background before taking an assessment, check out this methodology of personality assessments article…or you can always call us for a workshop in personality by one of our certified Coaches!
*Meet the Author*
Gino graduated from UCSD with dual-bachelor degrees in Neuroscience and Physiology. He has been with Leadership Inspirations for 6 years, both as a former Leadership Academy Participant and Leadership Coach!
Favorite Quote: “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fun Facts: 1) I have 4 brothers and 4 sisters 2) My favorite TV series is Parks and Recreation and I quote it all the time 3) I love baking! Cheesecakes are my favorite to make