How to Plan Your Career as a Gifted Adult


“James is so restless and energetic. i’m wondering if he’s hyperactive.”

“Nancy seems to be everywhere the place. she has a dozen projects going at once!”

“Harley does things so fast! He put up an internet site in fortnight .”

“Marlene is so intense. She must relax .”

While it’s possible that James is hyperactive, Nancy is scattered, Harley skates on thin ice and Marlene is depressed, it is also possible that every of those people wears the label, “gifted adult,” often unaware.

Gifted children often lose interest in class because they’re bored. they do not always get top grades because they think in unconventional patterns.

Gifted adults are often misunderstood. those that read books like Jacobsen’s The Gifted Adult often feel relieved: “Finally, someone understands where I’m coming from!”

Gifted adults often face unique career challenges. Job environments rarely reward creativity, an indicator of the gifted, and regularly punish anyone who threatens to paint outside the lines. Corporations often resemble football games, where players are rewarded for being in position to receive the ball everyone wins by executing the coach’s play. Gifted people function better when their game resembles playground basketball, where you’ll scramble and make plays as you go.

And when gifted adults seek career guidance, they need to filter feedback they receive from friends and consultants who aren’t conversant in their situation.

* “Whoa! You’re trying to be a jack-of-all trades and you will find yourself a master of none.”

* “Wow! I’ve never seen anyone move as fast as you are doing . I’m sure you are going to be a hit .”

* “You’re going too fast! hamper or you’ll fail.”

* “Focus on one thing at a time.”

* “Boy, you’re catching on fast! you want to be well-suited to the present field.”

If you’re gifted, you almost certainly have already got some concept you’re “different.” Read a couple of books and articles. Browse websites. Understanding how you use can assist you avoid, “Why is that this happening” questions and reach success on your own terms.

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