We all know the guy who has a million business ideas. At parties, he’s cornering someone with an energetic demonstration of his latest invention. On Facebook, he’s spewing a constant stream of Tim Ferriss quotes. If you don’t consider yourself entrepreneurial, or even if you do, you may wonder: what makes some people motivated to start their own business? Do you have to be a certain personality type to strike out on your own, or do all of us have the potential to transform ourselves into successful business owners?
Freewheeling, independent-spirited INFPs don’t just want any job. If you've scored as INFP on a personality test, you know that you want to do something you care deeply about. You want a career that ignites your passion, expresses your values and contributes something good to the world. And you want to do it all on your own terms.
Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging—even the labels don’t make you sound so friendly. And let’s be honest, you probably aren’t going to win any prizes for being the office joker anytime soon.
My freshman roommate and I barely spoke to each other during our first semester of college. It was fantastic. Since then, I’ve always made sure to live with at least one extravert—sometimes even two. The funny thing is that I’ve actually liked all of my extraverted roommates.
So you picked a career in a profession you thought you’d love, but now you’re just not feeling it. You decide it’s time to forge a different path, but how do you break into a new career when you’ve spent your entire working life strapped to this one?
Don’t worry — lack of direct experience is not a barrier to a new career. Believe it or not, you actually have plenty of talents you can utilize no matter which job you choose. They’re called transferable skills, and they pack a powerful resume punch at any stage in your career.
We are constantly told how important social skills are to career success. But what if you don’t have many people skills — and don’t want to acquire any, either? Here’s a look at five stimulating, well-paying jobs where the quality of your work matters more than your ability to schmooze.
Q. I think a lot of people would love to know which types experience the happiest marriages together. I've read "Just Your Type" in which the Tiegers share their research. It's very helpful, but they don't share which types are happiest together. I would love to know which types are happiest with ENFPs and which types ENFPs are happiest with. Please share this information if you have it.
A. Hi April,
Introverts are sticklers for authenticity. When it comes to their jobs and careers, they strive to “do what they are.” Despite the beauty of this ideal, they often run into difficulties when it comes to its real-world actualization.
When it comes to your politics, what would it take to shift your position? Are you stone cold committed to the end, or will you flex your stance to accommodate new information or a shift in circumstances? Where you stand on the political spectrum may provide some interesting insights into how likely it is that you would consider a new policy, and what it would take to persuade you.
Many of the questions in personality research are geared towards figuring out which came first, the chicken or the egg. For example, do your personality traits determine what happens to you, or do the events and conditions in your life change your personality?