A friend of mine and TSC alum Brandon Croke introduced me to MBTI. I was skeptical at first, but after taking the test, I became a believer of “typology”.
The test told me I was an ENTP, also known as “The Visionary”, and it seemed to know me better than I knew myself. The results told me I was clever, worked best while juggling a number of activities, and that I loved to “verbally spar” with others. ENTPs are normally optimistic and enjoy challenges, but they can become frustrated by inconveniences and minor setbacks. The profile of an ENTP gave me confidence in my strengths and also pointed out a number of shortcomings.
Personally, it opened my eyes to what I did well and what I need to be aware of in how I built friendships and relationships. It showed me how I reacted or overreacted when little frustrations occurred. It pointed out that I might suggest making plans with a friend but at times lacked the execution to make sure it happened. It helped me realize that communicating was a strength, that I was pretty flexible and easy to get along with overall.
Professionally, it helped me realize what roles I was best suited for in organization. It clearly stated that I was a forward thinking idea type of person, and it confirmed that I should stay as far away from administrative tasks as possible. It showed me why things didn’t work out with me being a finance major, because ENTPs aren’t normally great at managing money. Realizing that I had a unique ability to cast vision for people when others can’t see the potential impact of what we’re doing allowed me to continue to strive for positions where I had an opportunity to show others what the future may hold.
Using the MBTI has been a huge asset in my life, but like anything else, it must be taken with a grain of salt. No one fits perfectly into a single type. Our experiences shape us all in different ways, and just because you’re a specific type with a certain weakness doesn’t mean you’re trapped. Use the MBTI to better understand your strengths, and do as many things as you can that take advantage of your unique abilities. Finally, never use the MBTI as an excuse. If the profile results say you’re bad with money, that doesn’t give you a free pass to file bankruptcy. Do your best to be aware of your weaknesses and work to overcome them.