Personality derives from the Latin for “theatrical mask.” Can we change our personality, fix or improve it? I would land softly on the side of ‘no’ and suggest our real work lies elsewhere.
“Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.” The archly eloquent polymath Thomas Carlyle wrote that, envisioning work more as a response to a high calling than an eight-hour clock-block of tedium punctuated by episodes of grinding aggro.
When we are doing what we are meant to do, we release into the world some aspect of our deepest self. To be educated is to be “drawn out.” We are wells, straight up and down, molecular encasements for what Jesus called “living water.”