Imagine for a moment what kind of world we might have if everyone did work that resonated with their souls. No internal conflict, no external conflict. People everywhere experiencing what we might call "Right Livelihood".

Unfortunately, too many of us get lured into "good" jobs before we even know what our personal values are. We then follow "the dream" of acquiring any number of things that epitomize "success", though all too often, our acquisitions have been purchased with borrowed money accruing interest. Thus, we stick with our "good" jobs to pay the interest and to pay for the things even when our very souls are gradually being sucked away from us, eight hours a day, five days a week, fifty weeks a year.

With no modern day version of a vision quest for most young people, we need something else to help the vulnerable determine what really best gets them out of bed in the morning. Temperament Theory reminds us that we all have innate styles and preferences. If we have no choice but to live in a specialist society, it might be a good idea to pay attention to those preferences to inform the choosing of our life's work.

But even if that window of opportunity has been missed, we can call on our greatest wounds to inspire our greatest gifts. While the Enneagram of Personality Types generally focuses on egocentric behaviors, feelings, and thoughts developed over time for self defense, the positive side of those same skill sets might also be put to use in vocational ways.

Regardless of the timing of finding our right path, the goal is to apply our personal gifts for the greater good. As Helen Palmer writes in The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life, "The hope is that the talents and skills of a mature adult can become the vehicle through which essential abilities can be used for the common good."