The Importance of Knowing your Personality Type

In my series of writing inspiring blog posts, I figured expanding on different personality types would be beneficial as every human is unique in some way, shape, or form. I have shifted the blog channel from being strictly about finance to being about finding ways to improve quality of life. The topics would range from concepts touching the mind, body, and soul to economic events which impact the financial markets as well as having a direct link to socio-economic factors we face in the United States. The previous released blog post which touches on productivity enhancements and how we can all achieve that was a good transition to the new theme of this blog site. In recent weeks, the Myers-Briggs personality types was brought to my attention during my discussion with one of the faithful readers. It caught my attention because although I have taken the test during my personal time as well as being forced to take it at a previous job, I never really introspectively looked into it or cared about the results till recently. After much introspection and a lot of discussion with some people, I would say the personality type is enlightening and there are things we can learn from a thorough review of each personality type to further improve our daily lives.
Personally, I am an INTJ. I had to take the test three different times to make sure as due to my inquisitive nature (a trait an INTJ dearly possesses), I needed to confirm that it was indeed accurate. INTJs are typically called the “Mastermind” because of the strong drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. INTJs are also rare (according to wikipedia), making up 2-3% of the population. Famous INTJs are C. S. Lewis, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who knew?), Colin Powell, Katie Couric, and the one and only Elon Musk. I have always wondered why I have been fascinated by Elon but it might be starting to make sense, well maybe.
To begin, there are sixteen personality types based on Myers-Briggs. The major themes are the Idealist (ENFJ, ENFP, INFJ, INFP), the Artisan (ISFP, ISTP, ESTP, ESFP), the Rationalist (ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ, INTP), and the Guardian (ISTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ, ESTJ). The idealist is usually known for being charitable with a desire for self-expression and originality. The Artisan is known for being free-spirited and party people while the Rationalist are usually known as being creative, insightful problem-solvers and idea generators. Finally, the Guardian is known for being biased toward following rules and the desire for structure. Now, these are all great personality types to have and without each type, the world will not be where it is today.
To further expound on each personality type, below is a summary with the strengths and weaknesses for each personality type. Now the key is not focusing on the weaknesses as a negative but instead focusing on the weaknesses as an opportunity. I tend to think of it similar to purchasing stocks, a current weakness in a stock is a great buying opportunity. It is important to work on weaknesses as Albert Einstein once said, “weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

How to Improve using Personality Types
In order to improve at work, school, relationships, and life in general, overcoming personality type differences by learning about similarities and differences with other people is extremely important and fun! It leads to greater understanding, appreciation, and respect. Also, if you learn to adapt your style then this will make you more influential and will lead to personal growth. Cheers to building a better and prosperous life!


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