There is a rather pervasive attitude in the organization that you are never doing enough. They set impossibly high standards and requirements so you are constantly falling short and are forced to be humbled. Everyone falls short and that props up the idea that no matter what you do for the organization, you can always give more.
As a born-in, I’d like to talk about how certain skill-sets and personality traits are necessary to move up in the organization. Those with those traits and skills have a much harder time leaving the organization because they are bombarded with constant praise and always have upward mobility. Those that lack them, even if they are an incredibly genuine and good person, often struggle with guilt and either DA, fade, or lead a rather dull existence.
I think it is safe to say that the organization is a rather difficult place for an introvert. If you aren’t outgoing you will struggle. Success in the organization is built upon several criteria that are incredibly difficult for a socially awkward person to attain, namely: field service time, meeting attendance, and developing personal relationships with the elder body. Deep personal study or other less noticeable traits are decidedly less important.
So how does one become successful in the organization? Two primary ways: pioneering or working with RBC. Both of these stepping stones to further “privileges” require very specific personalities or skills. If you hate the ministry and lack building skills, their is no place for you in the organization. Actually, I should correct that. If you are young and have a desire to do something with your life you have two options: pioneer or GTFO. Let’s say, for example, you are a creative person and love to express yourself by painting or writing. In the congregation, they will say you should use those talents and work at bethel. How do you get there? Pioneering. Oh, and no guarantee you will get there because there is not a transparent process. And if the elder’s don’t care for you, you can forget it.
Something I have drawn inspiration from on this sub are the parents that have left the organization because they wanted their children to be anything they wanted. They would love and support any career or life goals. How does that work in the organization? How supportive of young ones who want to do anything other than pioneer? This is especially true of “powerhouse” families who have reputations within the circuit to maintain. If you do not pioneer out of high school, you are a fool or are selfish.
Witnesses boast that you can do whatever you want in the organization. Artists can draw for the watchtower. Musicians can write kingdom melodies. Architects can design kingdom halls. The reality is, as a young person, all that is predicated on pioneering. And even then, any dream can come crashing down without even a hint of an explanation. Dream of attending MTS? Nope. Dream of being a special pioneer? Nope. And if you are in a hall that makes pioneering a challenge for a young person, you are pretty much screwed.