December 11, 2009
Over the weekend, in an attempt to make room in the cabinet for that condo paperwork I promised I’d file, I pulled out a fat folder of magazine clippings I’d saved. Rather than just chucking all the contents into the recycling box, I made the mistake of opening it to go through and see if anything was worth keeping. I got distracted almost immediately by something from the July 24, 1990 issue of Family Circle–a quiz called “Find Your Secret Self: 15 Questions That Can Change Your Life”. Even though I wasn’t so sure my life needed very much changing, answering some questions seemed like more fun than cleaning out the file drawer, so I grabbed a pen and got going.
As per usual when I do one of these, I wanted to ask questions about the questions. “Rate these items according to your preference: Buttons, Snaps, Zipper, Velcro, Drawstring”, the quiz said. Preference for what application? Fastening my pants? Closing my purse? What material are these made fromâ€”metal or glass buttons, plastic or metal snaps, silk cord or rough twine drawstring? These details could make a difference in my answers! Sure, I could and did make my best judgments and filled in the blanks, but I was skeptical that the results would be accurate for such an imprecise measuring device. As it turned out, I think it came up with a pretty accurate assessment. My highest and lowest scores were in the areas of Recognition and Intellect/Creativity, meaning those are the things that are most out of balance in my life. That sounds about right, at least in the work arena where I spend most of my waking hours. I didn’t pursue the team leader role but rather was drafted and that’s been meant having visibility than I really wanted, while outside of the team leader stuff my actual work hasn’t changed much in the last several yearsâ€”I’m still doing 98% of my programming in languages that were cutting edge in the 1990s. Looks like that might be changing in 2010, though, so there’s hope.