Normally, I don’t put a whole lot of stock into these sorts of things, but I’ve always been a little surprised at how accurate these things can be. I’ve known my Myers-Briggs results for a long time now, and I recently did the Strengths Finder 2.0 thing at Kate’s urging. Here’s how things play out.
According to Myers-Briggs, I am an ENFP. For some of the highlights of that:
ENFPs have an unusually broad range of skills and talents. They are good at most things which interest them. Project-oriented, they may go through several different careers during their lifetime. To onlookers, the ENFP may seem directionless and without purpose, but ENFPs are actually quite consistent, in that they have a strong sense of values which they live with throughout their lives. Everything that they do must be in line with their values. An ENFP needs to feel that they are living their lives as their true Self, walking in step with what they believe is right.
An ENFP needs to focus on following through with their projects. This can be a problem area for some of these individuals.
Because ENFPs live in the world of exciting possibilities, the details of everyday life are seen as trivial drudgery. They place no importance on detailed, maintenance-type tasks, and will frequently remain oblivous to these types of concerns. When they do have to perform these tasks, they do not enjoy themselves. This is a challenging area of life for most ENFPs, and can be frustrating for ENFP’s family members.
ENFPs work best in situations where they have a lot of flexibility, and where they can work with people and ideas. Many go into business for themselves. They have the ability to be quite productive with little supervision, as long as they are excited about what they’re doing.
According to the Strengths Finder 2.0, my top five strengths are: Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Self-Assurance, Adaptability.
The Ideation theme indicates that I’m fascinated by ideas (no shit). From the report:
…you often are the originator of fresh ideas for brand-new campaigns, business ventures, initiatives, or special events.
Strategic would indicate that I am good at creating alternative processes and methodologies for accomplishing tasks:
Because of your strengths, you can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. You bring an added dimension to discussions. You make sense out of seemingly unrelated information. You are likely to generate multiple action plans before you choose the best one. Chances are good that you are innovative, inventive, original, and resourceful. Your mind allows you to venture beyond the commonplace, the familiar, or the obvious. You entertain ideas about the best ways to reach a goal, increase productivity, or solve a problem. First, you think of alternatives. Then you choose the best option.
Learners don’t need to be explained, but here’s what it said:
…you are motivated to continually acquire knowledge and skills. Discovering new ways to use your talents energizes you. You are likely to escape from
situations and avoid people who want you to keep doing what you already know how to do well. Maintaining an intellectual status quo is unacceptable to you. Chances are good that you occasionally bring an upbeat perspective to instruction, training, or tutoring. Maybe you regard education as one of the essential elements of a well-lived life.
Haha. Did you guess at all that I’d have the Self-Assurance theme? I didn’t, but it fits when you consider the choices I’ve made:
Because of your strengths, you are attracted to volunteer projects, academic courses, or careers that challenge your intellect, skills, talents , and stamina. You trust yourself completely. This explains why you move toward rather than away from important, difficult, or meaningful endeavors.
Adaptability. No shit? I’m adaptable? I’ve had a variety of different careers and lived all over the globe.
It’s very likely that you may be happier with life when you quit trying to control the day’s events, opportunities, or surprises. Perhaps you experience a sense of freedom when you relax and live in the moment. You might be able to deal with certain types of change better than some individuals do. Chances are good that you might choose to deal with events, people, or facts as they present themselves. Perhaps changing your plans as the situation changes suits your style. Maybe you intentionally avoid inflexible people or situations.