How To Be Successful In Life, According To Your Personality Type

Arguably, one of the best personality tests devised was created by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It’s based on the theory that humans experience the world using four psychological functions. Sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. And that one of these sensations is dominant for each person in the world.

Although the psychological world sees this as no more than a ‘fortune cookie’, the Myers-Briggs type indicator is actually used by firms worldwide during the hiring process.

You have to be trained to administer the MBTI assessment. Most people trained in this are counsellors, therapists, coaches, and more. There’s also an online questionnaire to help you figure out exactly what personality type you have. It turns out, if you’ve been struggling with something in your career, it might just be to do with your personality type, and not your lack of skills. Have a read and see if any of these match you. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below which personality type you are.

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INTROVERSION, INTUITION, THINKING & JUDGING

If you’re an INTJ, you’re strategic. You probably won’t know many people like you, because just 0.8% of the population is an INTJ personality type. Everything is a strategy for you, you’re ambitious, private, curious, and imaginative. Your strengths lie in the fact that you have a quick and strategic mind, and the self-confidence to back yourself. Success for you will rely on your ability to work independently.

If you’ve been struggling so far, it’s because your personality type is really not good at taking direction. You’re actually pretty hard to manage, which means you’ll often end up in a role where you manage others. Or, more likely, starting something up on your own. For a successful life, you need to accept your weaknesses. You need to realize that you can be considered ‘arrogant’, and ‘judgemental’ at times. You might not think you are, but if you clash with other personality types, it might make friendships and relationships more difficult. Play on your strengths and accept your weaknesses, and success will come easy.

INTROVERTED, INTUITIVE, THINKING AND PERCEPTIVE

Like INTJ, you are Introverted, Intuitive and Thoughtful. You are also Perceptive, which makes you a quiet and brilliant thinker. You are most likely studious and academic, and you love finding solutions to problems and patterns in the world around you. Your success depends on your ability to use your strengths, all the time. You are eccentric but insanely logical. You might not find the right career for you at first, one that allows you the time, space, and creative freedom you want, but you do have strengths that are highly marketable. You are skilled, you are a problem solver and able to make magic. Typically, you will feel at home in a career that allows you to work with numbers, figures, and problem solvers. For you, “good enough” is never good enough, you want perfection, and live primarily inside your own mind. Your strength of preferring your own company can also be a weakness, so try to push yourself out of that mindset for your own personal success.

EXTRAVERTED, INTUITIVE, THINKING AND JUDGING

ENTJ’s make great leaders. They are Extraverted, Intuitive, Thoughtful and Judgemental. These qualities make you great at leading others, you are charismatic and confident and own the projects you do. You push yourself and everyone around you to the next level, don’t accept anything less than perfection and often find it difficut to relate to other personality types. You are self-confiden and efficient, and you don’t care if you are liked or not, as long as you achieve what you set out to.

Your success will come from embracing your strengths and pushing yourself to leadership roles. You need to find out how you can test the waters and become a leader, whether it’s in a voluntary role or vying for a promotion at work. If you are an ENTJ, you already know you’re stubborn, impatient, and dominant. These are things others have probably made you aware of already, but as long as you’re going for it, you’re hard pushed to think twice about it. Your personal success will come from trying to embrace a bit of empathy, nurturing others and realizing that not everybody thinks the same way as you.

EXTRAVERTED, INTUITIVE, THINKING AND PERCEIVING

Like ENTJ, you too make a great leader, but you thrive in situations where you can both challenge the way things are done and show your own knowledge. The problem you face is in getting to the leadership roles. You usually start off strong, but your opinionated ways can make climbing the ladder hard, that’s fine, instead you need to choose your battles. You have a quick mind and you’re often more original and eccentric than those around you.

These are all skills you can use to your advantage to become the best version of yourself and create your own success. The weaknesses that hold you back are your inability to focus and the fact that you can sometimes be insensitive and argumentative. If you want to follow the path to your own personal success, you need to work on your time management and productivity levels. Become focused, and learn techniques to be focused no matter what distractions lie in your path.

INTROVERTED, INTUITIVE, FEELING AND JUDGING

If you’re an INFJ, you are more likely to have a strong moral compass and strive to do what is right at all times. You will probably be pursuing ventures in helping others and try to do as much volunteering or charity work as you can. You are quiet in many situations but will fight for what you believe in passionately. You have a talent for empathizing with others and will always know the right things to say, which makes you a great friend and a great diffuser of conflicts. To be successful, play on your strengths. Find new ways to challenge the causes you care about, you are creative, passionate, and kind-hearted. Use your strengths to your advantage, but beware of your weaknesses. You are likely more sensitive than most, so find taking criticism tough, you are also more likely to burn out and seek ‘perfection’ in your personal life.

The career that most suits you is one that aligns with your ideals and values about life. If  you work in a corporate situation, you need to believe the company’s values in order to give your best work. If you have this personality type, work that consists of smaller tasks and problems will not fulfil you. You need to have a large cause to be working towards or a perception to change. More often than not, the best position for you is as your own boss, giving yourself space to focus on what’s important to you and the causes you care about without having to compromise your beliefs. If you’ve been thinking about this for some time, it is a great opportunity and you will flourish. Set yourself up for success and don’t be afraid to start your side hustle.

INTROVERTED, INTUITIVE, FEELING AND PERCEIVING

Being an INFP, you know you are always seeking to see the good in others. You are an optimistic ray of sunshine, unwilling to believe that the world is a bad place. You are guided by your principles and tend to be more creative, and poetic. You likely enjoy expressing yourself through art and language, which makes you open minded and very creative. You love looking for hidden meaning in the world around you.

Your weaknesses might lie in some of your strengths though, being too idealistic can make it hard to find the perfect definition of success, you might take things too personally and you will find it hard to be as kind to yourself as you are to others. It can be challenging for you to find a career path that suits your creative lifestyle, you may have wished you could get ahead without having to spend hours in a classroom, office, or meeting room. These environments don’t always help you to flourish, so you should avoid being boxed in by four walls if you can. You most likely prefer working together than working alone and being told what to do. Look for jobs with a creative team, or try your hand at freelancing.

EXTRAVERTED, INTUITVE, FEELING AND JUDGING

If you’re this personality type, you are a natural born leader. You find it easy to step up and lead others in times of crisis, and probably excel at Escape Rooms. You’re a team player, reliable, and empathetic, which makes you a great and passionate leader. However, you need to watch out, you can be too selfless, push others too hard, and be overly idealistic if you’re not careful. Your main weakness is your self-esteem, which fluctuates. When you do something, you simply aren’t sure it’s good enough and you ask for criticism because of insecurity. When you fail to do something, your self-esteem plummets.

For you, success comes from helping someone, being helpful, solving problems and using your skills to build something up. However, you won’t feel fulfilled if you’ve made serious efforts and they are still criticised. You will need to balance your self-esteem with the changes you want to make and realize that even if you are criticized in the short-term, you can make long-term changes and create the vision you’ve been looking for. In a company, you will be the one that motivates others to go for their goals, to deal with their stress, and to be the best version of themselves they can be. You are caring and empathetic, understanding that others have different personality types from you, and this is one of your greatest strengths.

EXTRAVERTED, INTUITIVE, FEELING AND PERCEIVING

If you’re an ENFP, you do not kneel to society’s rules. You believe in enjoying life, enjoying yourself and you’re a true free spirit. You have plenty of friends, plenty of acquaintences and plenty of time for others. You’re more likely to be interested in spirituality and mysticism than others, but this also means that you are more likely to become frustrated following the rules of a 9-5. If you’ve found yourself quitting a lot, now you know why.

Your energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humour are what set you apart. Because you’re such a free thinker, you find it difficult to set plans in motion and to focus on them. Work where you are the thinker and ideas generator, while others make it happen, suits you the best. You would do well as a creative director, or someone who conceptualizes things, letting others bring your ideas to life. You have hundreds of ideas for roles you have nothing to do with, you’ve probably dreamt up music videos, thought of novel ideas, and come up with a TV advert in your head, for fun. The truth is, even in data-handling careers, your personality type is invaluable. Someone who thinks outside the box and can generate a wealth of ideas is always valuable, and that’s where you’ll find your success.

INTROVERTED, SENSING, THINKING AND JUDGING

If you have this personality type, you get joy from the work that you do and enjoy taking responsibility for your work, your actions, ad the things that you do. You don’t make assumptions, preferring instead to observe what’s going on around you, which makes you a great strategist. You are honest, responsible, and direct, and this makes you great in positions of leadership. However, you can be stubborn and insensitve at times and prefer to do things ‘by the book’ than try new and creative ways to do things.

This is great, if you find the path that changes your weaknesses into strengths. Traditionally ISTJ personality types do well in jobs that allow them to do ‘morally right’ work, or work that allows you to use your objectivity and rationality. You’ll thrive in roles with data, or responsibility for others. You prefer to work in a carefully structured team with clear roles, and when you are given a task you dutifully complete it. Your productivity levels are often through the roof and you will work hard to get any task complete, but this can often lead to taking on too many responsibilities, so in order to be successful, learn to delegate your work to other team members and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

INTROVERTED, SENSING, FEELING AND JUDGING

As an ISFJ, you are very analytical and warm towards others. You are very eager to please, so when given a task you will go above and beyond to exceed it and make others around you happy. Your biggest challenge is in getting your talents and your work noticed. To be successful, you need to grow some confidence and learn how to stand up for yourself. You’ll know you are an ISFJ if you’re excellent at giving gifts and remembering facts about others. It’s important to you to be caring and considerate at all times. You are conscientious and you’ll protect others before yourself.

Being an ISFJ, you are supportive, imaginative, loyal and hard-working, but you’re also humble, shy, and take things way too personally. In your career, you’ll pretty much find your place in any position, because you are warm and like to be around people. Others come to you for help and advice at dealing with ‘people problems’ because you remember so much, and as eager as you are to please, you will be an asset to any company. However, if you want to be successful, you need to learn to defend yourself as you would others. You need to stop fading into the background and speak up about the good that you’ve done, your aversion to conflict and eagerness to help is great – but it won’t help you get ahead in work or in life. So start learning to speak up for yourself and you’ll be on the path to success in no time.

EXTRAVERTED, SENSING, THINKING AND JUDGING 

Being an ESTJ means that you understand right and wrong. People often value you for your advice and guidance, and you get joy from organizing events and leading others. You are dedicated and strong-willed, an excellent organizer and like to create order. However, you can also be uncomfortable in unconventional situations, judgmental, and find it difficult to relax, because of your desire to perform and high-energy attitude to work.

You’re the one who burns both ends of the candle, staying late, and working when nobody else is. Your success will be found in a position that allows you to create order, organization and guidance for others. As these are your main strengths. Your loyal nature means that when you find a career that works for you, you will stay with it for the long-run. You follow rules and will be able to create your own success by finding a place that allows you to manage others. You take pleasure in organizing others, so find a way to do that, even in your spare time, and watch your strengths flourish.

EXTRAVERTED, SENSING, FEELING AND JUDGING 

As an ESFJ, you’ve probably found yourself to be popular with others. You might not know why, but this is because you are social, able to judge the world around you well, and sensitive and empathetic. It’s a good combination of traits to have because it makes you a people person. You aren’t analytical, so you don’t enjoy discussions on theories, politics, or data. You are the life and soul of the party and enjoy enjoying your ‘best years’, no matter how old you are.

You are a practical, not analytical person, with a strong sense of duty. This can make you a little nervous about change, and also make you vulnerable to criticism. You find it hard to distance yourself from professional criticism, and this shows because you tend to wear your heart on your sleeve. You don’t mind working in an environment where every day is the same, because you get energy from being around people, interacting with a team, and putting your practical skills to the test. You enjoy cooperating and diffusing conflict, so you are a perfect team member. But you will find success in a career that’s more emotional and practical, than one that’s solely organized around data. In life, your success will come from learning to take criticism and being confident that you are good enough as you are – rather than relying on others to give you compliments.

INTROVERTED, SENSING, THINKING AND PERCEIVING

As an ISTP, you love to work with your hands. You tend to pick up lots of projects and enjoy getting your hands dirty, taking things apart and putting them back together just to see how they work. You explore ideas by learning how something works, nothing is too ‘hard’ for you to grasp and you get energy from challenging yourself. You are a creative and practical person, and great to have around in a crisis, but you can also be scared to commit to one thing and enjoy taking risks.

Your career is probably the hardest to pin down, you might have tried a lot of things and become easily bored. You are a problem-solver by nature, and eventually all problems become ‘too easy’ for you. In this way, you are more suited for a life of freelancing or consulting, or even temping for a while, being able to flit from one job to the next and try new things is the perfect position for you. You don’t suit managerial roles because people’s problems bore you, you much prefer to improvise and innovate. If you want to be truly successful, you need to create a roadmap for your success and stick to it. Forget your fear of commitment, and plan out the next five or ten years. This will help you see where you need to go and what you need to do, even if you want to do the opposite.

INTROVERTED, SENSING, FEELING AND PERCEIVING

ISFP personalities are drawn towards artistic pursuits. You have an eye for design and love to plan aesthetics. You are happy with who you are and explore new, creative things as often as you possibly can, which makes you a true rarity in the world. You are seriously imaginative and sensitive, and this will help you get ahead in the world. You just need to find the right place for someone like you, and a rigid, corporate office will not cut it unless they are looking for someone with the creative freedom to turn things around.

You enjoy working in a field where you can experiment constantly, performance-based roles aren’t your forte, but you give results in other ways, by creating things. You are probably a natural artist or musician, meaning that working for yourself creating pieces, or launching a store for yourself is a very realistic path for success for you. You are a free spirit and need to work on things that make you happy.

EXTRAVERTED, SENSING, THINKING AND PERCEIVING 

ESTP’s are almost always suited for roles where they work for themselves. As an ESTP you are the perfect personality to become an entrepreneur, looking for ways to change and shape the world around you and being ballsy enough to go out there and get it. You are bold, rational and practical. What you lack, though, is structure, and sometimes your ideas and innovative nature can lead you into bad decisions because you haven’t thought them through properly.

Even if you’re not an entrepreneur, you are definitely an active person and want to work in an area where you can be an innovator, get things done, and don’t have to answer to anyone. You have armfuls of social intelligence, meaning that you can predict trends and come up with strategies for success easily, you prefer action to thought but you will need someone analytical by your side to make sure you’re following the right structure with your big ideas. What you struggle with, is climbing up a ladder, as you want to be at the top from day one, so you need to allow yourself wiggle room to take orders and look for ways to exercise your leadership skills early on.

EXTRAVERTED, SENSING, FEELING AND PERCEIVING 

This personality type is more likely to be an actor, singer, or dancer. You love to be on a stage, with people watching you, and get energy from showing your talents to a crowd. You love the spotlight, which is not at all a negative thing, because you love to entertain others. You are bold and original and daring, but you often fail to make long-term plans and can find yourself easily bored and unfocused.

You are excellent in mirroring body language and absorbing the mood of the crowd around you, your personal and professional success will come from working with others and allowing yourself to be the person who helps others develop. Whether you choose a career in the entertainment industry or not, you will find yourself being the ‘entertainer’ in a lot of situations, telling jokes, lightening the mood. And your strength comes from creating an enjoyable work atmosphere, you love to come up with new ideas and create change where you see that it needs to happen. Be confident in your abilities and don’t be afraid to tell your superiors if you see something worth innovating, this is your strength and it will pay off.

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