Below are my responses to the series of questions asked on the Values Questionnaire.
February 2019 Update
Part of me thinks I should re-answer me, but most of me is too lazy to do that. So let's give a brief comment on each. 1. I think this is pretty true still. Especially if I like what I am doing, may as well keep going. And even if it's time to retire, a little part-time gig wouldn't be bad. 2. Cop out answer. If under deadline pressure I work extra hard, so that's my new answer. 3. Too general I think. I think volunteer work still falls under this question, so knowing you're helping an organization make a difference to someone or their families is a good reward. Like working with the American Cancer Society even if no one in your family has cancer. The chance to help in some ways make a difference is a good feeling. 4. This is actually a pretty informed answer and I agree with it. 5. Video games mostly. Magic is something that I pick up and put down, so I'll never be good at it. I have been trying to learn Python, so if I'm inspired I do some coding. 6. I agree with this as well. I don't see a reason to change the typical structure of the work week. 7. Still can't speak for others, but I was recently told that I am fun to be around. I guess because I just try to keep the mood light while still doing the work. Natural leader has carried true in school and I hope they have seen me as hard working. 8. First of all I am still triggered that the numbers did not all align properly. So great stuff. I think for me I would just flip independence and security. And for my parents they are probably the same. I honestly don't really want to think about their preferences on these things. I think it's less relevant to comment on. 9/10. I'm gonna combine these. Wish I had the list, because surely there was one. I think the most important are probably still accurate. I can definitely say they are important to me. As for least important, not sure what initiative means, but the others are true. 11. Wisdom indeed is gained by age, good job past Andrew. I mean, humor is kind of an enigma. I crack jokes, but not as a profession, and efficiency can be limited by corporate structures. So, sure. I'll agree. 12. I think I overstepped on my 11 comments. I agree about humor not always being welcome, and efficiency is sometimes limited. But wisdom will come. 13. Dead on. I agree with this for sure.
1. Would you work if you didn't have to? Why? To a point I would continue to work if it weren't necessary. Having nothing to do on a daily basis would become very boring quickly, but after so much time, it becomes time to retire. If that time comes earlier than typical, then there is no reason to work.
2. In what kinds of work situations would you work harder than you ordinarily do? Positions of leadership put additional stresses on the leader, and if found in that position, that is when extraordinary work would be most common.
3. Are there situations where you would work for less than normal pay? What would be the compensating rewards? If I could attribute a large moral value to a piece of work that reduced pay, then the feeling of doing good would be the compensation for less payment.
4. If you could use your work to indulge in your favorite form of play, what would you be doing? I enjoy video games quite a bit, so if there was a way to connect my profession to that, that would be cool. Realistically though, teaching a continuing professional education session would be the most realistic and indulging connection of my profession to play.
5. What activities do you pursue when you have completely free time with no obligations? I work on my magic and play video games. Not at the same time generally, but one of those two activities consume most of my free time.
6. If you were free to schedule your working time any way you like within a 7 day \ week, what would your calendar look like? I would honestly keep the schedule pretty typical to what is considered the proper work week. Monday through Friday with weekends off. With this freedom though, I'd take a day off here and there if need be.
7. People who work with me think that I am............. It's hard to speak for others, but they probably see me as fairly hard working, and a natural leader if needed.
8. Rank these sources of reward from work, according to their relative desirability to: YOU YOUR MOTHER YOUR FATHER Money 1 Money 5 Money 2 Prestige 5 Prestige 4 Prestige 5 Security 3 Security 2 Security 1 Recognition 4 Recognition 3 Recognition 4 Independence 2 Independence 1 Independence 3
9. Which three values are your highest priorities? Efficiency, humor, wisdom
10. Which three are your lowest priorities? Power, being the best, initiative
11. Are these priorities reflected in your current work? Wisdom is gained by age, but the others I would say yes.
12. What conflicts or discrepancies do you see between your values and your work? Humor doesn't fit well in the business world in most cases, but I personally like a light atmosphere.
13. How would you like to change this situation? I don't really want to change it, but rather gain some wisdom and realize when humor is appropriate and not appropriate because that is vital.