There seems to be a lot of buzz going around about the Myers-Briggs personality types and how they coexist in the workplace. My interest piqued, I decided to find out my own and was given the label INFP. Reading the description of what an INFP is, I realized that many people could relate to the personality described. I also concluded that it is very hard to put personalities in neat little categories.
In the workplace, and in everyday life, we come across those who seem to vibe with us or to rub us the wrong way. At times I believe there is no right or wrong way, only different means of attaining the same goal. I would like to believe that everyone in the veterinary medical field ultimately has the best interests of clients and patients at heart. I am not talking about the “bad apples” here, we all know they exist in every career. I choose not to focus on the negative as I feel doing so would be a waste of time.
There are many people that I admire for various attributes that I may lack. A common one being those who appear to be so self-confident that mistakes are easily shaken off, while I always question everything. Rehashing the same conversation repeatedly and wondering if I could have done something different, something better. Researching any advice that may help to improve my skills, learning and growing on a daily basis, yet always questioning my aptitude.
While speaking to one of those confident, unshakable people I admire, I had a revelation when she admitted that she does, in fact, question herself much like I do. She does truly care and worry what others think of her. However, she does not allow this worry to bog her down. She knows she did the best she could at the moment and moves forward, better equipped to handle that issue in the future.
I believe it is time to embrace our differences in the workplace and beyond. We all bring a unique flair to what we do; none is above or better than the other. And to all the worriers like myself out there, learn from whatever worries you, then simply let it go.