The Myers-Briggs, StrengthFinder, Big Five Personality Test, the Enneagram, even the Four Humors. I know them all.
Millennials, you have probably taken one of these tests in high school or college. Some of you probably loved the test, some of you probably disliked it. And a lot of you probably completely forgot it.
My advice: Whichever test you take start to take it seriously. I’ve taken so many assessments of my talents, strengths or personality that they have all started to run together. Part of my nature is to continually explore, but I’ve decided to take a different approach: I chose to actually believe my personality assessments.
I’m a person who struggles with routine. I’ve accepted this. I’m not a concrete thinker. My eyes glaze over when a conversation turns to the specifics instead of the “big idea”. It is what it is.
I’ve noticed that people tend to take for granted their natural talents. A person who is structured, thinks everyone is naturally structured. Personally, I grew up being called “so creative”. It wasn’t until I reached my mid-twenties that I realized, that not everyone is creative. Instead of focusing on “why can’t I be as comfortable with routine as my schoolteacher or nursing friends?” I started to think “How can I use my creativity in a way that will be helpful to others, and not wear me out with a strict regulated schedule?” Luckily I knew my talents well enough in college to choose Graphic Design as my major in college, and I haven’t regretted it.
Part of “knowing thyself” is finally accepting who you are. Maybe I was waiting to wake up someday to be a concrete-sequential planner and doer. It’s not going to happen, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other abilities that I can use. Also as StrengthFinder says, using your natural talents is better leverage than trying to cultivate ones that exhaust you.
-My Myers-Briggs type is usually INTP, but I’ve scored out a Feeler in the past.
-A couple of my StrengthFinder “Top 5” are: 1.Intellection, and 5. Ideation.
-A couple standouts on my Big Five are: 90% Openness, and 65% Neuroticism. Great 😉
-My Enneagram is sort of all over: 5, 4 & 7.
-The humor I resonate with the most is Melancholy.
Of course, Millennials, tests are not the only way to figure out who you are, but pay attention to them. See how they apply day to day, and accept it. What is your personality or Strengths? If you’re a personality test fanatic feel free to share yours.