Can a Test Determine Your Aptitude for Entrepreneurship?

What is the actual make-up of an entrepreneur? Does it take a certain personality, a mish mash of the right character traits, or a certain type of passion that a vast majority of people cannot tap into? Realistically, there’s not much science backing to help determine a real answer, but what about the next closest thing—personality tests? These types of tests are world renowned for pegging personality types on point, and they can take a step further by categorizing some of the most influential and successful entrepreneurs in history.

Personality tests have been used for fun, to steer a person in the right direction as far as schooling, career paths, or even within the home life. More specifically, it’s natural to wonder just what tell-tale signs a legitimate personality test could uncover in regards to the personality profile of an entrepreneur and what successes or failures could await them. To be clear, not just any personality test will be efficient in arbitrating a human being’s aptitude for entrepreneurship. Only a few select personality tests—all in splendidly differentiating forms—make the cut of an accredited psychological assessment that is tried and true, and could turn out to be a guiding beacon towards an entrepreneurial future. Let’s take a list at the seven personality tests that could reveal more insight than one ever thought possible.

1. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): “Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills.” ~Carl Jung

Without a doubt, the MBTI personality test is the most popular and well known in the world. This 93-question test is taken by over a million people a year and holds strong to Carl Jung’s theory on personality types. Though like any such psychological testing, it has been met with skepticism, and while the MBTI shouldn’t be the only assessment you utilize as a tool when searching for an entrepreneurial purpose, it is definitely a must have on your list of resources. Time and time again, universities, government entities, and big corporations have used the MBTI when searching for quality employees, professors, students, and future entrepreneurs.

How It Works: 16 personality types fall within 4 categories, which form a single psyche of a character wrapped up in a clever acronym. Of course, saying that the entire world can fit into just a 16 x 4 box should definitely be met with a suspended bit of disbelief, however there is some pretty solid logic behind it. Here are the 4 main categories broken down:
1. Favorite World: Does your focus like within you (Introversion) or with the outside world (Extraversion)?
2.Information: Do you process basic data as it comes to you for face value (Sensing) or do you interpret your own way and add more value to it (Intuition)?
3. Decisions: When making decisions, do you make those decisions objectively (Thinking) or subjectively (Feeling)?
4. Structure: Are you prone to making decisions immediately and moving on (Judging), or do you prefer to keep your options open for more information that the outside world could throw your way (Perceiving)?

After taking the MBTI test, you’ll come away with your very own four-letter acronym that covers the most important basis of your personality and character. It is said that the ENTP acronym is the ultimate representation of an entrepreneur personality, however there have been many exceptions to this rule. Just because you don’t fit that MBTI mold doesn’t mean you don’t have a bright entrepreneurial future ahead of you, and this again is why the MBTI shouldn’t be your only source for personality assessment.

2. DISC (Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance): “Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold.” ~William Moulton Marston

Trailing close behind the accolades of the MBTI assessment is William Marston’s DISC behavioral test. Brought to us by a man who boasts a law degree, psychologist work, and the inventor of the polygraph test and the original Wonder Woman comic, Marston was the definition of a passionate entrepreneur in several different arenas. The DISC assessment—much like the MBTI—is taken by over a million people a year. The DISC hones in on the teamwork potential and the specific behavioral traits of a person, instead of just the individual personality itself. This is a brilliant tool when assessing the potential of a future successful entrepreneur and it can drastically help to increase the productivity and communication of a team based workforce. What’s great about this test is that it can be used once someone is already on a fruitful entrepreneurial path, to better relationship and adaptation skills.

How It Works: There are four key components to personality types: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance. You take the assessment and you are rated for your top to bottom strengths in these four areas. One component in particular will be dominant over the other three.
1. Dominance: You prioritize accomplishing results, are confident and bold in your abilities.
2. Inducement: You are approachable, exceptional at forming relationships, and extremely persuading.
3. Submission: You are dependable and focus largely on cooperation and sincere authenticity.
4. Compliance: Your main priorities are always logical, as you prefer quality and competent work from an objective standpoint.
What’s exceptional about DISC behavior profiles is that unlike personality, behavior can be changed or coached. People tend to change within different environments (such as home and work), and this is something that can be transformed. DISC is really all about adapting and being flexible as you develop relationships with people of all different backgrounds and personalities.

3. VALS (Values, Attitudes, and Lifestyles): VALS is a different kind of assessment in that it focuses on your relationship as an entrepreneur with your customers. It helps you to better understand your market and what exactly it is that your client base really wants the most. This transforms you into an influential leader and keeps you ahead of the curve in your business. It helps you to build your brand and to showcase your value to your customers. In a sense, VALS is the perfect market research tool all wrapped up in an assessment.

How It Works: VALS breaks down the consumer personality into 8 types. 2 critical concepts are then merged with the personality type: primary motivation and resources. These last 2 concepts allow you to see just why and how a consumer will make choices the way that they do, which gives you a more accurate forecast advantage.
1. Innovators: These are dominant personalities who are confident and take charge.
2. Thinkers: These are well-informed personalities who are motivated by ideals.
3. Believers: These are moral personalities who are rooted in age-old values and traditions.
4. Achievers: These personalities are always pushed forward by goals and you will never meet an achiever who is ever satisfied with just one completed goal.
5. Strivers: These fun personalities are trendsetters that you always want to keep your eye on for marketing opportunities. They are the catalysts of the “word of mouth” success.
6. Experiencers: These personalities are usually younger and more rash and impulsive in their experiences.
7. Makers: These independent personalities are very hands on and are extremely resourceful.
8. Survivors: These cautious personalities are simple in their tastes and typically take a long time to think on something before they come to a decision. They are not big fans of change.

4. StrengthsFinder: This one-of-a-kind assessment is a special one, as it focuses on only strengths within a personality—not weaknesses. While areas of opportunity are always good to know about so that we can be our best selves, it’s refreshing to be able to examine the most positive attributes in detail. This test is especially wonderful for aiding in finding a purpose-driven life and to understand your own specific gifts that you offer as an entrepreneur.

How It Works: 34 “talent themes” are measured with this assessment. “Talents” are people’s natural gifts gauged by reoccurring feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. While the list is extensive, it features talent themes such as Achiever, Focus, Harmony, Relator, and Intellection. These themes are versatile and cover a wide span of what it means to be a passionate human being. By focusing on the best of our strengths, we are able to open our eyes to all the possibilities our natural gifts hold for us and what value we can offer the world.

5. Genius Test: “Every culture, nationality, and religion can also be understood as forming from a type. This philosophy on types is so grand in its applications that it instantly expands consciousness.” ~Bob Cooley

The Genius test is an out-of-the-box and albeit fairly new assessment of personality. The test pinpoints the “type” of a person, which is determined at the time of conception, and is better known as a genetic blueprint of who you are. The idea is that this “type” you are born with never changes, no matter what life’s conditions hand to you. This is a much more introspective test that helps you to really look inside yourself and in others completely bare and authentic. When someone can be viewed as a “type” over all other labels, it helps you to better connect and understand.

How It Works: This test involves a self-filmed, five minute video that is sent to the GPT Foundation in Boston, where founder Bob Cooley and his experts will watch the video and determine what genius type personality you are. Check out the 16, pretty self-explanatory types below:
1. The Genius of Decision Making and Devotion
2. The Genius of Freedom and Giving
3. The Genius of Truth and Power
4. The Genius of Perfection and Completion
5. The Genius of Sobriety and Self-Knowing
6. The Genius of Peace and Communication
7. The Genius of Unconditional Love and Right Action
8. The Genius of Creativity and Passion
9. The Genius of Mastery and Problem Solving
10. The Genius of Intimacy and Will
11. The Genius of Openness and Judiciousness
12. The Genius of Athletics and Community
13. The Genius of Hope and Honesty
14. The Genius of Understanding and Humor
15. The Genius of Change and Integrity
16. The Genius of Healing and Soul

6. Passion Test: This assessment is all about finding your true passion and it is the most vital test you can take on your journey as an entrepreneur. While it is the simplest of all the personality assessments featured, that doesn’t take away from its significance to your life and prosperity as an entrepreneur.

How It Works: Answer 7 simple rate-style questions that range from things like “I make decisions on what will help me live my passions most fully” and “I spend my days doing what I love, surrounded by people I love”. These questions are then analyzed into a personalized Passion Test Profile just for you. Your specific profile then gives you resources into how to find your true passion in life. While the specific Passion Profiles do not have titles, each question you answered is broken down and analyzed for you to better understand yourself.

7. Carol Tuttle’s Energy Profiles: Known as one of the best personality assessment tools out there, Energy Therapist Carol Tuttle’s Energy Profile test assesses both characteristics and behavior. The test is based around our DNA and how the components create every bit of our true selves. This is the perfect mirror for any person—or entrepreneur—to take a long, hard look in the mirror at themselves. It is a test that can help you understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and can help you grow.

How It Works: The test puts people into four different possible type categories. These “Four Types” as they are referred to come from the idea that we are made up of 4 main elements: nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. Every person possesses a dominant strength in one of these 4 types.
1. Type 1, Nitrogen: Bubbly personality that attracts people easily and is an eternal optimist.
2. Type 2, Oxygen: Calm demeanor with a patient personality and a love for facts.
3. Type 3, Hydrogen: A natural born leader who is constantly on the move for action.
4. Type 4, Carbon: Objective and logical thinker with the intellectual gifts to innovate.

Meditation and Myers Briggs Personality Type

Meditation has its benefits – it slows down breathing, quiets the mind which allows for our blood pressure to lower, helps our racing mind to be still and relaxes tense muscles. The problem is most think within the meditation box, that it’s one-size-fits-all. This mistaken identity can frustrate new comers who have been recommended to try meditation, maybe for health reasons. The first time they sit on the mat and try to clear their mind of thoughts, their mind becomes flooded with thoughts, every stress and mundane thought that brought them to the mat in the first place invades their mind. Every time they try to clear their mind, it just fills back up and they end up quitting with the belief they’ve failed. But the reality is, there’s more than one way to meditate.

We are all different and if you use the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to find your personality preference, you can chose a meditation practice to better suit your needs without getting frustrated and giving up before you even truly start. If you’re as honest with yourself as possible, you can find your personality type easily. First you need to know the basics. The acronyms seem like codes, but their initials, E,I,S,N,T,F,J & P stand for the following:

mbti personality type

(E) extravertion: outgoing, active, sociable
(I) introvertion: introspective, solitude, smaller group of friends
(S) sensing: practical, realistic
(N) intuition: relies on intuition, sensitive to patterns
(T) thinking: logic minded, judges with facts
(F) feeling: empathetic, slow to judge or act
(J) judging: structured, does not adapt to change well
(P) perceiving: open minded, flexible

As for the 16 personality types here is a short description of each to help you find what best describes your personality traits. There are basic tests you can take online, but if you take the test with a qualified practitioner you will not only find your type with higher accuracy but will gain a richer understanding of MBTI, what it means for you as an individual and how you should be operate in a group environment, understanding why people are the way they are and what makes them tick.

ISTJ – Practical, realistic, responsible, quite, serious, likes things organized and orderly at work and in the home. They value loyalty, respect laws of the land and traditions.

ISFJ – Committed, quiet, friendly, conscientious, responsible, loyal, honors commitments. Thoughtful to other’s feelings and needs, values harmony in all their environments. Enjoys nurturing others, great listener.

INFJ – Protective, caring, people-curious, community-minded, materialistic, and decisive. Holds firm values, does not handle conflict well, high-expectation of self, self-drive to meet goals.

INTJ – Original, goal-driven, creative, goal orientated, looks for patterns, skeptical, independent, holds self and others to high standards. Has difficulty communicating ideas, enjoys solitude.

ISTP – Flexible, analytic, quite observer, values efficiency, active, scientific-minded, good at organizing facts and figures. Adventurous and energetic spirit gets board easily.

ISFP – Sensitive, quiet, friendly but reserved, creative and artistic, loyal to relationships and committed to personal values. Dislikes conflicts, respects personal opinions of others.

INFP – Curious, seeks opportunities, service-minded, caring, puts ideas into action, empathetic but reserved emotionally, adaptable, flexible as long as personal values are un-compromised. Likes to help people reach their goals.

INTP – Enjoys abstract ideas, can be seen as anti-social, quiet, flexible, adaptable, greater ability to focus, skeptical, critical, analytical. Emotionally reserved, seeks possibilities and opportunities.

ESTP – Outgoing, straight-forward, enthusiastic, take-action person, hard-working, practical, observant, problem-solver, spontaneous and lives in the moment. Enjoys the company of others, style and material comfort.

ESFP – Has strong people skills, tends to be a peace keeper, caring, sensible, outgoing, friendly, works well with others. Strong observer, uses common sense in the workplace and is realistic.

ENFP – Warm, imaginative, optimistic, needs reaffirmation, supportive, flexible, great improvisors, likes to motivate others, has trouble focusing on projects and seeing them through.

ENTP – Quick-minded, alert, out-spoken, dislikes routine, reads people well, tries new things often, adventurous, strategic, analytic, resourceful, visionary, creative problem solver.

ESTJ – Practical, realistic, quick and decisive, great at organizing people and projects, very sociable, enjoys social events and networking, thrives on order and continuity.

ESFJ – Warm, energetic, cooperative, seeks harmony at work and home, works well with others, loyal, honors commitments, appreciates punctuality and expects it. Likes to volunteer for community-improvement projects.

ENFJ – Responsible, warm, kind, empathetic, picks up on other’s emotional needs which makes them charming, social, can lead large groups, takes criticism well, can inspire and motivate others.

ENTJ – Upfront and straight-forward, natural leader, very sociable, communicates well, confident, goal-driven, determined and self-motivated, likes to stay informed, enjoys teaching others.

Here is a list of differing meditations to try out based on your individual MBTI type. There is however no reason why all of these couldn’t work for all MBTI profiles – try them all if you wish.

Mindfulness meditation: This is the most commonly known meditation. By being present, allow whatever thoughts occur to rise then detach. Be aware of your breath patterns, deep breaths mean you’re slowing down and relaxing, shallow breaths means you’re tensing up. This quieting of the mind by letting thoughts come and go and being more of an observer will naturally allow the meditator to let go of any invading thoughts, the goals is not to empty the mind but to notice and let go. This is ideal for ISTJ, ISFJ, ISFP and INFJ.

Spiritual meditation: This is a good solution for those that are facing a problem and need a higher power for guidance to work through it. You can practice this anywhere quiet, just sit still, form your problem into a query and listen for your higher powers guidance. This meditation would be good for the types ESTP, ENTJ, ESFP and ESFJ.

Zazen meditation: This meditation is more traditional and takes disciple to practice due to long periods of stillness in one position. Its focus is on holding position, focusing on breath and being discipled to stay present with a clear mind for long periods of time. It is perfect for those that are unafraid of self-study and reflection. Types such as INTP, INFP, ISTP and ENFJ may find the challenge appealing.

Mantra meditation: Is simply repeating a word or words while meditating. You can look to tradition and use Om or bring your own like love or joy. Chanting helps keep the meditator focused and cuts down on distraction for deeper meditation practice. Types INTJ, ISTP and ISFP would benefit most from this style.

Movement meditation: For those that find it difficult to sit still and do nothing or be silent. To gain the multiple benefits of meditation, one doesn’t have to sit and be still. You can still clear your mind, slow your thoughts and let go of stress by slowing down your movements, and listening to relaxing music. Yoga, Qi gong, walking, are movement meditations. For example, in yoga, you can chose to meditate on one thing while you are going through the poses, like peace of mind. You can also take a nature walk, and mindfully let go of any stress-full thoughts. Some will even practice this while doing chores, it’s just a matter of being present. ENTJ, ESTJ, ENTP and ENFP personalities will find this exercise may suit them best.

9 Social Media Personality Types: Which One Are You?

Social media has become part of our daily lives and there seems to be a hole somewhere inside us on days when we forget to check or update our Facebook and Twitter accounts. As social media seems to become a bigger and bigger monster day by day, it’s interesting to note the manner in which people interact with it.

Just as we are all different in real life and have different roles to play, a similar effect takes place in social media. Social media has been around for quite a while now and a lot of us have evolved over the years in terms of interactivity. Consciously or subconsciously, all of us have fallen into certain roles. Knowing the social media personality of a person is very important as it allows us to better know how to interact with each type.

The Sponge
These are the most exciting people out there. They find the most interesting content out there and take it in like a sponge. This means that they always have something worthwhile to share with the world. Highly active in the social world, they are responsible and dependable folk. They usually have a complete profile and will have joined the maximum number of groups possible. They’ve definitely left no stone unturned as the progress on their social journey.

Social Luddites
They are the ones who live on the opposite side of the spectrum from the sponges. They are highly reluctant to engage in social media and are uninterested in the ups and downs of the tech world. Their profiles are often incomplete; in fact they may not even have a profile picture. While these personalities may be true to their internal value systems and may be good at finding solutions to problems, their social media pages take a secondary position in their lives and is often seen gathering dust.

Although they may have similar characteristics, these people are a little different from the sponge. While the sponge may not be very outgoing in the real world, the all-rounder seems to have struck that perfect balance which allows them to be popular and outgoing in the real and the social world. They are always part of the most fascinating social conversations and tend to contribute to them in a meaningful way. These people are great to interact with online or offline.

These can be extremely hard to detect. Sometimes they may seem to be the most exciting people on social media yet at other times; they are projecting their inner negative Nancy. Their social media presence seems to be all over the place and it becomes hard for you to understand where they’re coming from. This is because these opinions don’t really belong to them. Since they borrow from other personalities, they seem to have snowballed into something undecipherable. Additionally, when forced into conversation, they don’t really seem to have any opinions of their own. They’re rather more comfortable with latching themselves onto someone with a stronger opinion and agreeing with everything they say. The chameleon will also never start any conversations on their own. When faced with a chameleon its best to stay out of their way. While it may be fun to have someone who agrees with you in the initial stages, the relationship will soon start feeling like a drag.

The Preacher
The preacher seems to be everywhere. No matter how many times you try to avoid them, they seem to be right there, trying to give you unwarranted advice. This social media personality type actually has the highest level of activity and just can’t seem to stop tweeting, messaging, or blogging. This is because they think their opinions to be off value and need the world to know what they think about everything. These must be avoided at all costs. Preachers don’t contribute anything worthwhile to a conversation and claim to be experts at things they may not have working knowledge of.

The Negative Nancy
Everything sucks in their world and they want you to know it along with the 400 other people in their list. They can take anything good and regurgitate it with their negative opinions attached. They are hypercritical individuals who can’t really be avoided.

The Over-Sharer
You may not have met them in three years but you know all there is to know about their life. The over sharer has a chronic sharing problem where they just need to let the world know just how exciting their life is. You know what they had for breakfast, dinner, and lunch and fear that they may begin posting about their bowel movements soon.

The Lazy
At this point, you don’t even remember that you ever added them to your list. The lazies however are definitely there, silently lurking in the back alleys. They just can’t seem to find the time for social media. You’ll see them sometimes, in flurried activities which are accentuated by long absences. You don’t have to worry about these personalities. They will come and go as they choose.

The Superstar
These are the ones who seem to be winning this social media game. Up to date with the goings on in the world, they’re always there to bring you important news. Everything exciting seems to be happening to them. All you can do is wistfully look at the new pictures of their baby or the exotic vacation they took. They’re not spammers either. They engage in meaningful conversations, share thought out opinions and speak their own mind. Similar to the lazies, they march to their own beat.

Understanding social media personalities is not only interesting but also insightful. Once you understand the people you are interacting with, you will have the tools to communicate with them in their own preferred way. Alternatively, you may find that you fall into one of these categories. It is however a little difficult to label anyone. You may find that you have a lot of shared characteristics with multiple personalities. One thing that you need to understand however is this – your social media presence should always be meaningful!

5 Ways to Find Your Life Purpose and Manifest Your Potential

Find out what You Were Meant to Do
Have you ever taken a break between your busy schedule to think about that one burning question that seems to always be sitting at the back of your head? Have you ever let your mind wander as you nod off on the subway waiting for your stop and wondered what you were really meant to do with your life?

Surely you weren’t born with the sole purpose of making accounts or flipping burgers? Our hearts and minds are so fogged with notions of what we are supposed to do for money that most of us never even bother to find out what would give us inner happiness. If you can find your inner calling and start working towards it, nothing can stop you from success. As Charles Bukowski said, “Find what you love and let it kill you.”

Mr. Bukowski was onto something special here but leaves a gaping hole in the beginning. The problem lies in the very first word; ‘Find’. Finding your life purpose is not as easy as he makes it seem but he does hit the nail on the head. You are the only one who can find your purpose in life. There’s a popular misconception that your life purpose will reveal itself on its own through your likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, the process isn’t as simple as that. If you refuse to take initiative and set out to find what you were meant to do, you may never find it. Luckily, the search does have some indicators that might give you a head start.

Personality Tests (MBTI & Strengths Finder)
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test is one of the most popular and effective personality tests available. It measures the manner in which people make decisions based on their perceptions of the world. It defines 16 personality types based on a series of questions allowing you to understand the core defining features of your personality.

The Strengths Finder on the other hand asks you a series of questions in order to understand which strengths out of 34 are the most prevalent in your personality. The MBTI along with the Strengths Finder will provide you with insight about why you behave in certain ways and where improvement is required in order to succeed. Once you know what features of your personality are stronger you can allow them to take a more active role in your life.

If you feel you’ve been stuck at a point in your life and don’t seem to be moving forward then hypnotherapy is a great way of finding out why. Hypnotherapy allows you to dig deep and come face to face with questions that you need to ask yourself. Find out why you are a part of this world and how you are meant to contribute to it. Hypnosis allows your mind to remove all the barriers that typically hold you back from pursuing your dreams. It brings you in tune with your inner desires tapping into the tools that are inherent in your personality to help you achieve your goals. Hypnotherapy puts you in a relaxed state where it becomes possible to communicate with the subconscious mind. Two of the most popular hypnotherapy techniques to find more about your life purpose and lessons are Past Life Regression and Life Between Lives.

Numerology is the study of the symbolism contained within numbers. The study of numerology is used in order to determine the personality, talents, strengths, obstacles, and inner needs of a person. Numerology has been around for 10,000 years originating in Egypt and Babylonia. It is believed that everything in the Universe resonates to its own frequency. By finding the frequency of an object, you can find the qualities and energies associated with it.

To find your life purpose through the use of numerology you will have to evaluate the numbers of your birth date and your name. A conjunction of the two will provide an insight into your character that will help determine which traits are more prevalent in your personality. It will tell you whether you are a natural born leader, a creative soul, a peacemaker, a builder, or something else.

Carol Tuttle’s Energy Profiles
There are four elements in the world that govern everything in it; Earth, Fire, Water and Air. These same core elements dictate the personalities that we have. Once we’ve identified who we truly are, only then can we move forward with the path that leads towards our life purpose.

Air or Nitrogen represents the bright and animated person who dwells in new possibilities and ideas. Oxygen or Water stands for the soft and subtle person who is organized, detailed, and makes plans. Hydrogen symbolized by fire stands for the rich and dynamic person who moves into action immediately and tackles sudden situations with practicality with long standing results. Lastly, Carbon or Earth stands for the bold and striking individual who has an eye for structure, finding the problems in it and correcting them. The Carbon individual looks at the world through a critical eye.

Your personality type can help determine where your skills and expertise lie. They will allow you to identify your best qualities so you can work on them further.

You can also set your eyes on the stars in order to find out how your life on the ground will turn out. The journey of the soul moves in cycles and you can see where you stand in your journey by taking a look at the sun and moon. Your astrology chart is similar to a map which tells you where you need to go to achieve personal growth. It can help you understand your inner passions and motivations on a deeper level. It can tell you what obstacles may stand in your way and what steps you must take in order to overcome them. Each celestial body is sending a different message towards you. This is why it’s important to try and understand their language and know what secrets they’re telling you.

The sun tells you how to maintain energy while the moon tells you about what makes you happy. The ascendant reveals what personal style will provide you with the most confidence. Venus tells you how you’ll fare in love, and Mars tells you where you need a little more courage.

Finding your life purpose should be your top priority. Living a life without purpose isn’t really living it at all. In order to know what it is you need to do in the future you must assess who you are today and understand not only your role in the real world but also the inner workings of your soul.