There was a period of time where I was offering free career advice to the visitors of this site. I was just going through some of the emails I received and sent out and I really loved what this guy Alex wrote to me at the end of his message:
“Whenever I have been in the corporate environment I always felt that I should try and be ambitious, but I just simply can’t force myself. I hate sucking up or networking and find the goal of a company of making money to be useless to mankind (I know – a real INFP thing to say!). I always end up bucking company rules to make things better for my staff and exploiting the company to the nth degree for other’s benefit. For example, when I left my finance job, I gave all my staff a 50% pay rise then left, as I felt they were grossly underpaid. My motto in the corporate world ‘ you can love your job and company, but it will never love you back, so screw them’.”
I agree with him in so many ways. I simply don’t trust corporate America. But the best thing about what he wrote is how it gave his entire staff a raise before he quit. What an awesome person!
And this kind of thing is what I think embodies the INFP. We simply care about people. And even though Corporate America completely sucks, we can still make things better for people, especially when we get into positions of power. And we may feel like quitting, but it should be our mission to take as much pain as we can to alleviate others’ pain.