Personality

Though I think that productivity, the products that you produce are far more valuable than any 3rd party personality test, some people like a level of certainty for different reasons.  So I linked to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test below.  It offers 16 different personality types.  But you should know something about this test.  It is based on personality traits assigned by Jung.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Step I is based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type. It indicates your personality preferences in four dimensions: Where you focus your attention – Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) The way you take in information – Sensing (S) or INtuition (N)

I took an aptitude test when I was 18 years old.  I had my sites on being a writer.  The test indicated that I would be a good nurse.  I didn’t have the vocabulary to be an effective writer.  What 18-year old kid graduating from a public high school or any high school would have a vocabulary, say, of a Jim Murray or Mencken?

Try the Myers-Briggs Personality Test.  It’s free.  You might find something about yourself that others are seeing but maybe you are not.  The test offers 16 different personality tests. It’s called the MBTI, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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Production answers for a lot in our lives.  Instead of worrying if you’ve got the right personality for a company or a job or a manager, make sure you’ve got productive habits. Not necessarily work ethic because you can have the right work ethic intellectually, you can be a hard-worker but what have you got to show for it?  You need proof of your hard work.  To this end, I like James Altucher’s challenges:

In lieu of a college degree, achieve each one of these goals:

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO FOLLOW THE MINDSETS LAID OUT BELOW:
A Letter to 20 Year Olds From James Altucher:

If you want to make money you have to learn the following skills. None of these skills are taught in college.

I’m not saying college is awful or about money, etc. I’m just saying that the only skills needed to make money will never be learned in college:

1. How to sell (both in a presentation and via copy writing).
2. How to negotiate (which means win-win, not war).
3. Creativity (take out a pad, write down a list of ideas, every day).
4. Leadership (give more to others than you expect back for yourself).
5. Networking (a corollary of leadership).
6. How to live by themes instead of goals (goals will break your heart).
7. Reinvention (which will happen repeatedly throughout a life).
8. Idea sex (get good at coming up with ideas. Then combine them. Master the intersection).
9. The 1% rule (every week try to get better 1% physically, emotionally, mentally).
10. “The google rule” – always send people to the best resource, even if it’s a competitor. The benefit to you comes back tenfold.
11. Give constantly to the people in your network. The value of your network increase linearly if you get to know more people but EXPONENTIALLY if the people you know get to know and help each other.
12. How to fail so that a failure turns into a beginning.
13. Simple tools to increase productivity.
14. How to master a field. You can’t learn this in school with each “field” being regimented into equal 50 minute periods. Mastery begins when formal education ends. Find the topic that sets your heart on fire. Then combust.
15. Stopping the noise: news, advice books, fees upon fees in almost every area of life. Create your own noise instead of falling in life with the others.

If you do all this you will gradually make more and more money and help more and more people. At least, I’ve seen it happen for me and for others.

I hope this doesn’t sound arrogant. I’ve messed up too much by not following the above advice. Don’t plagiarize the lives of your parents, your peers, your teachers, your colleagues, your bosses. Create your own life. Be the criminal of their rules. I wish I were you because if you follow the above, then you will most likely end up doing what you love and getting massively rich and helping many others. I didn’t do that when I was 20. But now, at 46, I’m really grateful I have the chance every day to wake up and improve 1%.

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