Following your technique Adam
I’d like to give you a big “THANK YOU” Adam,
I got your book from Amazon and it's precisely what I needed to read at precisely the right time. Thanks very much for writing it. I expect this will be one of the top books of the decade for me.
I have several friends that recommend that best way to find my ideal career is simply "follow your bliss" and the universe will guide me toward my best fit. While I appreciate that point of view, I abhor trial-and-error as a way to accomplish anything worthwhile. Like you, I think the quickest way from point A to point B is to gather data and take a procedural approach.
Identifying my aptitudes is especially a challenge for me because my priorities have been so messed up for so long I don't know what I'm good at anymore. For the past several years when I shared with others that I didn't like doing a particular chore, I often heard "but you’re soooo good at it."
So I'm making no assumptions and starting from the beginning of your process. I will start my testing at the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation tomorrow morning. I'm open to learning nothing about myself and/or learning surprising things about myself. I’ll post the final results here in a week.
So glad to hear you found both these tests so valuable.
I'm much less familiar with the Predictive Index than I am with JOC, but it seems similarly-based on measurable data. I'm going to investigate it further for consideration for the next edition of my career guide.
Kudos to you for not only taking these tests, but for expanding your transition consideration set based on the unexpected insights you received.
As you have further progress to share in your transition, I hope you'll keep us informed!
I'm on Step 6 of Adam's book now and here's what I've accomplished the last two months:
- Through testing, writing, and interviewing friends I've defined what I want in a job, what I value in life, what I'm naturally good at doing. I took this exercise all the way and outlined how I want my life to look in 5, 10, 20 years and at my death. This output of this work alone will serve me for the rest of my life. I now know where I want to live (in general terms) and how I want to spend my time.
- By inventorying my previous jobs, I've defined what my priorities are in my work and where I'm willing to make trade-offs. I learned that if I was looking for work right now I would not choose to do what I'm doing today – or anything else I've ever done for money.
- I have much more clarity over what my current job does not provide me. I've been able to negotiate and plan with my company to meet my well-defined needs. It's very empowering to know exactly what I want and having nothing to lose by asking for it (because I'm quitting anyway!).
- From the testing and introspection I've learned some eye-opening facts about myself that I had not acknowledged before.  For the past decade I've had a knowledge-worker desk job, but I prefer to work outside, in the elements and dirt, with my hands and tools  against all my assumptions I learned I really like working with people and need to be part of a team  The testing revealed precisely how good I am at certain activities which allows me to feel more comfortable starting a new career in a competitive industry. Having a strong aptitude for something is like a shortcut to having 8 years experience.
Some tips I've discovered:
- Set a schedule to work on these exercises and keep a dedicated notebook and binder. I arranged with my company to take every Wednesday off and work on Saturday. This has allowed me to focus one full day per week and is the major reason for my progress. If you are planning to quit anyway, you have nothing to lose by attempting to arrange your schedule the way you want it.
- In my case I found many of my friends did not like that I was intending to quit and move out of the area. A few have turned just plain negative about it all. I have minimized my exposure to these folks. There are also a few friends who are very supportive so I arranged regular dinners them because  I'll miss them when I move and  it's great discussing this process with supportive friends.
- To discover your values, list the things that make you angry (note: I sometimes violate my own values so I get angry at myself)
- I've learned that quite possibly the worst thing that can happen to someone is a moderate success in something they dislike doing. I really had to ignore people who (likely had my best-interest in mind but still unhelpful) told me that I was a fool to consider quitting and that I was really good at my job and that the job market is awful, and that other's would kill for my job, etc.
- I found it difficult to really stay determined. So I arranged with my company a deadline whereby six months from now I'll work remotely and reduce my time to one-day-per-week (I'd reduce it to zero if I could but there are circumstances that prevent me from doing so). This has been very motivating. No turning back now!
Can you tell us what your new job is ? How are you coping with the transition from a high income to a lower income (my assumption)
Your insighful question compelled me to write a long answer so I created a new discussion in this group: https://www.peakprosperity.com/discussion/82815/coping-income-transition-your-authentic-career
Regarding your question about the specifics of my next job. I haven’t determined a specific new job yet and my research is ongoing. I’d rather not provide any more details than that for now. But if a terrific job opportunity suddenly presents itself I know I can handle most any financial challenge with aplomb.