Personality tests can be controversial. Some people swear by them, while others think they’re no more valid than horoscopes (and your opinion on astrology can influence the way you take that statement!). In fact, a recent trend in South Korea is to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test as a dating tool just like some people use horoscopes, with young singles refusing to date someone whose personality type is incompatible with their own.
Personally, I like to strike a middle ground: no personality test can fully capture every unique element that makes you…you, while also appreciating that the more you know about yourself, the better and more informed choices you can make.
That’s why we decided to put an entrepreneurship twist on the Myers-Briggs personality test. If you haven't had to recently take the Myers-Briggs personality test for your South Korean dating profile, you may remember it from your high school careers class.
What is an MBTI?
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed by (wait for it…) Myers and Briggs (Isabel and Katherine, respectively), a daughter-mother duo who were inspired to make Carl Jung's Psychological Types more accessible. Dating back to 1944, there have been many tests developed to help people identify their personality type. My current favorite is on 16personalities.com, so before you read further, spend five minutes to take the quick quiz and remind yourself where you fit on the Myers-Briggs continuum.
Just to recap, the MBTI identifies where you stand on four attributes, dividing each into two possible outcomes, resulting in 16 possible combinations or “personality types.” The parameters are:
- Extroversion vs. Introversion
- Sensing vs. Intuiting
- Thinking vs. Feeling
- Judging vs. Perceiving
You could spend hours learning about the finer points of these, but we’re more interested in what they mean for you and the impact your personality has on how you walk through this life.
What can an entrepreneur-type test tell you about yourself?
Well, while you shouldn’t limit your entrepreneurial dreams based on a personality test (you never know what you might be able to succeed at if you try!), sometimes knowing what other people like you have done with their strengths can guide you in the right direction so you can avoid wasting your time.
Remember: as Don Clifton, the author of the seminal book Now, Discover Your Strengths teaches, everyone has more growth potential in their areas of strength than in their areas of weakness.
Because focusing on your weaknesses can feel like spinning your wheels, while focusing on your strengths can feel totally liberating, like you’re crushing it every single day.
Are you ready to learn more about your entrepreneur personality type?