This is me. Almost your average IT specialist, but not quite average after all. I like my job and I like to think that I am good at what I do - but it's only a job. It's what I do so I can pay the bills and provide for my wife and two children. I should also tell you that I have Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. Asperger's Syndrome is a "mild" form of autism characterized by somewhat lacking social skills and a tendency to have a few relatively narrow interests about which the "aspie" can talk and talk for hours with little or no regard to how boring these topics might be to others. Please don't be offended if I turn down an invitation, but I vastly prefer the company of my family or myself to any party or social gathering. It's not that I'm shy, I'm just not a big fan of people in general. My ADHD doesn't help either, I guess. Many people think that ADHD means I'm bouncing all over the place like Hammy the squirrel from "Over The Hedge" - nothing could be farther from the truth. But at all times either my brain is churning away reading a book or cracking a problem or I'm walking around, tapping my feet or fiddling with a pen. I am physically incapable of just sitting down and watching a movie that doesn't make me think or laugh - or both. Never been a fan of Friends...
It's not like I am a shut-in nutjob living in a basement, incapable of handling human interaction, I'm just better at logic thinking than smalltalk. Yes, I can attend receptions and birthdays, company meetings etc, but while that is something most people can do without even thinking about it, to me it really takes an effort. The best way I can explain it is this: Take a pen and a piece of paper. Now write down "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". See, that was easy. Now do it again, using your other hand. This time it takes all of your focus, it's hard to do and the end result is not as good as the first time you did it. That's socializing for me. Sure I can do it, but it takes some effort and I'll never be able to do it as well as most others.
I've been fortunate enough to find a field of work where I can use my strenghts instead of fighting my weaknesses. In my job I basically make problems go away. When we encounter a problem we haven't seen before and our first level supporters can't crack it, I'm the one that gets the task. I can isolate the problem and by working logically and systematically I find the root cause, find the solution, test it, automate it, implement it and add it to the documentation. I would rather spend an hour automating a solution than having to manually do the same 5-minute fix twice. Due to my ADHD I am somewhat easily distracted, but by wearing headphones I can block out the world and just bury myself in the task at hand until I've cracked it. If you don't have eye contact with me, I'm most likely not listening to what you are saying.
I can be brutally honest, yet fiercely loyal. I speak my mind and I expect you to do the same. Don't try to drop hints or subtle suggestions; Say what you mean and expect me to do the same. If you do something stupid, expect me to point it out, even if you're my boss.