I am an ENTP – that’s short for Entrepreneur. That’s also my Meyers-Briggs personality type, the Inventor/Visionary.
You may, or you may not, know about the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (personality test). Like most other personality tests, you answer a series of questions of which the answers to those questions indicate your personality preferences.
As they put it, there are four Preferences: Extroversion vs. Introversion, Intuition vs. Sensing, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Perception vs. Judging. In addition to your preferences, there are also four Temperaments: SJ, SP, NT, and NF. The results are scored based on how you answer the forced-choice questions (meaning, you have to choose between two opposing answers).
If you want to read more about the test, check out this Wikipedia article, or the official Meyers Briggs website. Or, if you’re convinced, you can go here to take the official test ($), or settle for one of these free tests.
Okay, back to me.
My type is ENTP.
As an Extrovert, I tend to get energized when I interact with others. I love talking, usually with other people. I tend to be a pretty active listener.
As an iNtuitive, I generate abstract possibilities from the information I gather, rather than absorbing data in a literal, concrete fashion. I love change, always thinking about how things can be done differently. I see the big picture in whatever situation I’m in.
As a Thinker I have no heart… #sarcasm. I make decisions primarily based on reason and logic, not usually on values or beliefs. I tend to be impartial when I make decisions, caring more about the end result than the reaction of others. It is not hard for me to ‘do the right thing,’ whether I want to or not.
As a Perceiver, I want my life to be flexible and spontaneous, keeping my options open. I tend to postpone decisions and tasks, usually to see if there is a better option out there. I tend to do things last minute.
My temperament is NT – Rational. I tend to trust reason implicitly. I live for logical arguments.
Here are a list of well-known ENTPs:
- Jon Stewart
- Barak Obama
- Winston Churchill
- Walt Disney
- Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat)
- John Adams
- Teddy Roosevelt
- Julia Child
- Alfred Hitchcock
- John Candy
- …among others.
I can go into why I think it’s important to assess who you are as a person, and why the Meyers-Briggs test is superior to most… I won’t. Suffice it to say you should. There’s plenty of free information out there for the taking, as well as some high quality assessments you can take.