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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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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