I've been on a testing kick lately. I've taken 4 or 5 versions of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory. This test helps you discover why you are the way you are. There a 16 personality types indicated by the MBTI and on every test I come back as an INTP.
INTP stands for: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), Perception (P)
According to the internet good careers for INTP's are actor, lawyer, scientist, engineer, programmer, photographer, writer, etc. Good for me I guess :)
Some of what I've learned has made me understand why I failed at so many careers. INTP's lack social skills and tend spend much of the day in thought. You may see a person that appears to be lazy, but in fact an INTP is mentally exhausted by the conversations going on in their head.
According to 16Personalities.com: "INTP's struggle to understand emotional exchanges, and service-oriented positions will prove baffling and exhausting for them. Though INTPs are talented analysts who are perfectly capable of understanding the theoretical importance of customer service, the day-to-day application of such a scheme is simply better left to more people-oriented personality types."
INTP's love theory and the abstract and we love problems. The more difficult the problem the more I love, but once I've solved the problem, or the just the tricky part of the problem, I'm no longer interested. I'm ready to move on to the next problem. Most lower level jobs really want people who will solve the problem and then implement the solution. If your are engineer, scientist, or consultant this works but outside of that people want you to do both.
INTP's are also not very career oriented. I was never concerned with getting promoted, becoming a manager, or moving up through the ranks. I hate bureaucracy and feel following rules is for other people. When I'm bored with something I move on.
Now, why am I sharing this today? Because if you have a problem with this you probably don't want to hire me and that is OK! In fact, I'd prefer you didn't. I want people to hire me who I get along with. I don't want to make everyone happy. Porsche doesn't care if some people think their cars are expensive. The customers who shop at Whole Food are vastly different than the ones who go to Wal-Mart.
I only need 30-35 couples a year to hire me for a wedding and maybe 50-60 families a year to hire me family portrait sessions. I want to work families that are OK with me being me and don't mind that I may be more Gregory House, MD (House, M.D.) than Dr. Jemma Simmons (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).