Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart’s desire.” – Isabel Briggs Myers
I’ve finally learned how to optimize my strengths, improve on my weaknesses, and enjoy my quirks by getting to know my personality type. But first, I suffered far too many years from “square peg-round hole syndrome.”
I initially took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator – a highly popular personality test – on a lark in my early adult years. But I didn’t let the results penetrate my thinking, decision-making, or life choices.
Instead, I embarked on a career as a non-profit director, a choice far better suited for an extrovert, I feel. I constantly dodged all the extroverted demands of the work like public speaking and networking and stumbled through others like team leadership. Although my actual skill set applied to selected elements of the work, I often felt ill-at-ease, knowing I wasn’t fully living up to the desired expectations.