Business Books and Personality Type

A few weeks ago I revisited the Myers Briggs personality test. Why? I am not sure, but this was something I remember taking a long time ago to find out why I think a certain way, and how I interact with others. I took three test, on one I came out as an INTP and on two others I came out as an INTJ. I’ve come to realize that this personality type only accounts for 2-3% of the population.

It dawned on me after re-reading some fantastic books about business (4 Hour Work Week, Crush It, Meatball Sunday, etc.) that these books are geared for a certain personality archetype. They are geared for people that think in certain ways, and it’s indicative as to why certain types are more successful at strategies outlined in these books than others.

I then had this moment of enlightenment when I realized why some of the things I’ve read and tried to do, just flopped or drained me completely of energy, it’s because they were trying to get me to see and interact with the world in a way that was not natural for me (my personality).

Some books try to make Extroverts out of Introverts… Others try to tell you to see the world differently or counter to your intuitive or judging/perceiving mindset. It’s not the books fault, I mean, hey it works for them and their personality, why can’t it work for everyone? Well it can’t because we all see the world and interact with it differently.

Some Interesting Numbers: Introverts/Extroverts are rather evenly split. But people that rely on their senses outnumber people trusting their intuition 74% to 26%, and feelers outnumber thinkers by a 60% to 40% margin.

What does this mean? I don’t really know, but I think it’s an interesting observation.