Which Circus Act Is Most Like Your Life?

EMPLOYMENT

Mark Lichtenstein

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Just admit it, your life can be more than a little bit like a circus sometimes. You might feel like everything is going okay, but then all of a sudden there you are, underneath the big top, putting on a show whether you like it or not, and you aren't always the master of ceremonies.

Sometimes it is all you can do to keep things going in your life without having everything fall apart; it is at those times that you are most like a plate spinner or a tightrope walker. Other times you are handling things so well that it's hard not to show off, and be like a trapeze artist or a lion tamer. And then there are times when everyone in your world is wondering why you are acting a certain way, and taking so many risks; that is when you seem a bit like a sword swallower or a fire eater. And then every once in a while, all you do is beat yourself up, like laying on a bed of nails or shooting yourself out of a cannonball. What type of circus act is more like your life? 

Don't be a clown. Take this quiz and find out.

Do you face clients?

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Do you face stockholders?

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Do you deal with managers?

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Do you deal with department heads?

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Do you deal with executives?

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Do you have a technological job?

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Do you have an industrial job?

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Do you work alone?

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When you are part of a team, what's your role?

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What are the consequences of your failure?

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Do other people think they could do your job?

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How important is your job to the overall company?

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How much room is there for error in your job?

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What would happen to your career if you had a bad day at work?

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How contradictory are your job responsibilities?

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Do your boss's expectations of you ever conflict?

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Do you answer to more than one master?

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What do you do with your time off?

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Are you well paid?

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Did you have a long path to your current place in your career?

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Are there safeguards against your failure?

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Do you ever feel under threat at work?

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Do you always just do as you are told?

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Is your job to make everyone happy?

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Can everyone really be made happy?

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How close to being in charge are you?

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Are you on track to be an executive one day?

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Given your experience, do you know when it's okay to let something go wrong, so you can concentrate on something else?

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Have you ever been chewed out in front of a large crowd of colleagues?

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If you got chewed out by the boss in front of the whole company, could you handle it?

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