Peter Drucker once said that most people think they know what they are good at...and most people are wrong. Knowing ourselves well is one of the major keys in helping us find the success we want in our careers and our lives. Today, let's talk about ways you can discover the paths you should take as an ENTJ in education and career-searching.
First things first, head over to Human Metrics and take their free personality test. Yes, even if you've taken the Myers Briggs test in the past, go ahead and take this abbreviated version of it. Once you complete it, you will not only get a report on your personality type, but you will also get a report on the careers best suited to your specific personality.
Certainly tools like this are imperfect, but they can be very helpful in narrowing down your focus as you pursue the career that will ultimately define your life in a powerful way.
Unfortunately, we've been taught by schools, parents, and mentors for years that we can do anything we put our minds to. It's not that this sentiment is false, it's just incomplete. You can certainly do anything you put your mind to. BUT, does what you are putting your mind and energy toward suit you as a person?
For example, as an ENTJ, I would make for a relatively terrible Kindergarten teacher. We ENTJs are not good at repeating ourselves, we hate stating the obvious and we are often impatient with people who cannot match our intellect in conversation. As much as I love my Kindergarten-age son, I wouldn't be very good at teaching him things my ENFP wife excels in.
Knowing ourselves helps us avoid chasing career-paths and education that doesn't suit the strengths of our personality. And as Peter Drucker also said, you cannot build success on weakness...you can only build it on your strengths (I'm paraphrasing a bit, but you get the point).