7 Totally Unexpected Ways to Use Your Myers-Briggs Results
Broken into four key quadrants, the Myers-Briggs personality test has proven to be a pretty reliable way to learn a lot about yourself. Results are especially useful in professional situations (employers love ’em!), where personality quizzes can reveal your dream career, help you maximize your creativity and communicate with your coworkers. But understanding what makes you tick can also help you make some exceptional life choices in the seven areas below.
1. Trying new things. One of the most obvious benefits of knowing your personality type is understanding how you learn. But the learning doesn’t have to stop when you leave school or the office! Use your self-knowledge about how you absorb info as power to enjoy whatever new thing you try, whether it’s crafting or coding. Purposely choose new activities and settings where you’ll flourish.
2. Discovering the perfect workout. The world of workouts is totally limitless. From CrossFit to Snowga and even YouTube videos you can do in your bed, there’s no shortage of fun ways to stay in shape. Do you fall on the extroverted side? A high-energy group sweat sesh is probably perfect for you. Love quality one-on-one time and ultra-personal interactions? A personal training appointment might knock your socks off. Whatever it is, use your results to choose an environment that motivates you to get moving!
3. Decorating and styling your home. Your home is a reflection of YOU, so it makes sense that how you spend time with others can have a major impact on your design style and interior arrangement. Extroverts are a match made in heaven for bright spaces meant for entertaining, while more introverted types are sure to appreciate a cozy book nook. Your results can majorly inspire your kitchen style as well.
4. Managing your money like a total pro. Consider your decision-making letter (feeling vs. thinking) when you think about how you manage your money. If you’re more of a thinker, you’re likely to objectively weigh the pros and cons of a financial commitment or purchase. If you’re more of a feeler, you might make emotional decisions. Pay attention to the organization section of your test results too. Are you a judger, who follows every rule? Or a perceiver who’s inclined to be spontaneous? See if there’s room to loosen the purse strings or cut back on unnecessary “in the moment” spending.
5. Finding love and romance. “They’re not my type” has literally never been more true — finding the perfect partner for your personality is tough! Since compatibility is the ultimate key to any great relationship, use all of your results to understand what kind of person complements your personality. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Are you an ISFJ who loves to nurture? An ESTJ who enjoys acting as a guardian? No matter, just know there’s someone out there who’s a great match for you.
6. Having the best friendships. Like romantic relationships, friendships are a super special bond that require real compatibility. Be smart about both hitting the town with your squad and making time to savor a cup of coffee with your BFF, ensuring you get your extroverted fun fix without burning out entirely. Handle disagreements and drama better too by communicating more effectively with your pals of every personality type. Knowing what resonates with them will make it much easier to show the love, undivided attention and care that they may need.
7. Excelling in all things career. Knowing how you work and communicate with others helps IMMENSELY at the office, so use all four quadrants to become a rockstar collaborator by playing to your strengths. You can also use your results to choose a specific job or career path. For example, ESFP types are said to make amazing actors and designers, while ENTJ personalities succeed as lawyers and researchers. Check out some suggested jobs for each of the 16 types to get an idea of what might work for you.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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