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This is a discussion on Beginning with the End in Mind within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Syd Field wrote a fantastic book on screenplay writing in which he says that after the death of his parents, ...

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    Beginning with the End in Mind

    Syd Field wrote a fantastic book on screenplay writing in which he says that after the death of his parents, he graduated high school and took a year off to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. At the end of the year he drove past a couple of mountains he had already driven past earlier in the year and it struck him suddenly: "Until I know where I'm going, I'm going nowhere."
    And so he says, "Begin with the end in mind. There are a million ways to get where you're going but you've got to know where you're headed before you even begin."
    Now, I know he was referring to screenplay writing, but he was also talking about life. And I contemplated this for a long while.
    Where was I headed? What did I want? What is my end goal?
    I think that we ENFPs can get stuck in the realm of possibilities. I know for me it has been rough. I'm interested in so many things. But first and foremost I want to help people.
    If you feel this way, too, consider this: It doesn't matter what you do. If you are a working part of society and you do it with a strong set of ethics and are genuinely happy, you will help people.
    If you are a great auto mechanic and love your job, your repairs help people get places, your smile could brighten someone's day. If you are a good person, it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you are doing your job, doing it well, interacting with people with a positive attitude and with empathy, you are helping people.
    And so I finally figured it out tonight. What I selfishly want to do, a career where I will be rewarded for being the best at what I possibly can be.
    In essence, I have finally discovered the end in mind.
    Now, I can finally begin.

    Briefly I want to say that my mother is a librarian. She is an introverted, quiet, INFJ, who hasn't got an assertive bone in her body. Meanwhile, I am the extraverted, loud, obnoxious, ADD, joke-cracking, people loving, expressive, ENFP who clashes with her like an elephant in her china cabinet.
    And, I think I see where I do fit. It's where elephants go. Yeah, elephants are endangered, but it's better than being uncomfortably stuffed in a china cabinet.
    Oh, I haven't said my end.
    But I'm not sure I'm supposed to tell. Like a birthday wish, some things are better left unsaid.
    :)
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Out with it already! What's your specific plan? This could be the solution that ENFPs everywhere have been waiting for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Essay View Post
    Out with it already! What's your specific plan? This could be the solution that ENFPs everywhere have been waiting for!
    :) I am certain Syd Field was an ENFP, too. Did you know he played an integral part in shaping the entertainment industry as we know it?

    Well, my dear, Essay, I thought I already wrote I wasn't going to say my explicit plans :P
    Maybe I will say them but not until one hour from now. :)
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    Oh! Oh! I'm having a goal-gasm! oh...yeah...
    Okay, I give up withholding information! I can't hold it anymore.
    I'm going to be...
    a writer.
    Hahahahaha.
    Doesn't sound too spectacular.
    But JEE-USS!!!!!!!!!
    The end in mind is: entertainment industry. dun-dun-dun.
    I want to write things that make my mom go, "Klay-ruh!"
    And she'll purse her lips into a scowl. And I will laugh and say, "Here's 200$, go get your hair done."
    XD
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Lol I thought you were quoting one of the Habits in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People/Teenagers (like my favourite book EVER!!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by marzipan01 View Post
    I think that we ENFPs can get stuck in the realm of possibilities. I know for me it has been rough. I'm interested in so many things. But first and foremost I want to help people.
    Exactly this.
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    definitely this is true.. i don't think you can get anywhere without a goal in mind, it's what things such as "The Secret" are based on, except that instead of it being some big hush hush about universal energy and higher powers; it's simply this.. "progress flows where focus goes". if you have no goals, you end up with nothing.. if you have a goal you automatically make progress toward achieving that goal.. you need end goals to shape progress.

    my goal is to perfect my skill of psychology, or at least strive for it, and use it to enhance myself, my social life and my career (as a psychologist/counsellor).. now you don't that kind of 3in1 deal with a subject like history do you? heh.

    you write like a writer.. your writing has got a sort of artsy air to it..
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    That sounds like a good fit Marzipan, go for it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tridentus View Post
    you write like a writer.. your writing has got a sort of artsy air to it..
    Tridentus! You're making me blush!

    I wish you all the best in the pursuit of your psychology goals. You are a very sweet, caring, and intelligent person from what I have read of your posts. The world would be very fortunate to have you as a psychologist. :)

    I entertained the notion, myself--especially in the past two years. But I worried that I wouldn't be totally fulfilled if I had to "serve" people all day. I'm simply too selfish. And that's reality. I want to help but I prefer to help by making jokes and creating opportunities and solutions. I mean, sure, I'd love to help kids in middle school deal with emotional problems.

    But, in my opinion, the field of psychology needs to be taken more seriously. Culture must be changed in order to embrace our youth. We need help on both the macro and the micro levels. The media must change and individuals must change. Both psychologists and writers need to be sending the right message for the psychological, environmental, political, and general well-being of each individual: a group for the people and shaped by the people. Which means each individual must stand up and shape the group by contributing in the way they are best suited: by doing what makes them happy while also serving the group.

    And I remembered today why I picked up that book on personality in the first place: in order to build characters with rich internal worlds filled with memories, hopes, dreams, feelings, and all the other stuff that makes them "alive."
    For so long, I worried about what I had to offer. What was special about me that I could be a writer?
    And I thought about that a long time. My solution is: there is nothing more special about me than anyone else but some people are writers and some people are not. It must be a matter of choice, desire, hard work, confidence, and keeping that end in mind. :)
    So, this is my new theory, we'll see how it plays out.
    XD
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    Oh, ENFPs!!! I love you guys so much!
    Affectionate Sigh.
    *Hugs*
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