ENTP - Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving

"Life's Entrepreneurs"
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I love excitement and challenge. Enthusiastic and ingenious, I am talkative, clever and good at many things and constantly strive to increase my competence and personal power.

I was born enterprising. I am fascinated with new ideas and is alert to all possibilities. I have strong initiative and operate on creative impulse. I value inspiration above all else and strives to turn my original ideas into reality. I am inquisitive, versatile, adaptable and resourceful in solving challenging and theoretical problems.

Alert and outspoken, I can easily see the flaw in any position and often enjoys arguing for fun on either side of the issue. I have excellent analytical abilities and am a great strategic thinker. I can almost always find a logical reason for the things that I want.

I like to test the limits around me and consider most rules and regulations are meant to be bent, if not broken. I am sometimes unconventional in my approach and enjoy helping others to push past what is accepted and expected. I live freely and look for fun and variety in everyday situations.

I deal imaginatively with social relationships and often have a great number and variety of friends and acquaintances. I can display great humor and optimism. I can be charming and stimulating company and often inspire others to become involved in my projects through my infectious enthusiasm. I prefer to try to understand and respond to people rather than judge them.

POSSIBLE BLIND SPOTS

Because I value creativity and innovation above all else, I sometimes ignore the standard way of doing something simply because it is not original. My intense dislike for the routine and predictable can make it difficult for me to notice the necessary details. I sometimes neglect the needed preparation when, in my zeal to take on something fresh, I dive in too quickly. Once major problems are solved, I am often off to the next exciting adventure rather than sticking around to see the original project through. I need to work toward making commitments to fewer projects so I will complete more of the ones I start.

Often I talk so quickly and so much that I don’t allow others to contribute. I am honest and fair, but can be blunt and tactless in my ready criticism of others. I need to consider the feelings of others as valid and important, even if I don’t share them. While I can be charming, funny and entertaining, I can also be insincere. I need to resist the urge to simply adapt and perform, and instead share my genuine emotions.

My reluctance to commit to one thing stems from the fear that I may miss other, more appealing opportunities. My desire to remain open and responsive to new challenges can make me undependable and inconsiderate to the plans and schedules of others. Thinking through how my actions affect others will help me be more dependable.

My natural quickness and ability to anticipate what is coming means I occasionally assume erroneously that I know what the person is going to say, and may jump in to finish their sentences. Taking the time to pay closer attention to what is actually going on in the real world around me and listening carefully to the input and reactions of others will help me avoid appearing arrogant and rude.

THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ME TO FOCUS ON ARE: 


1. Prioritize

2. Focus

3. Follow through - especially with commitments made to others

 

MY STRENGTHS

-Excellent communication skills and the ability to get others excited about my ideas
-Eagerness to “think outside the box” and consider new possibilities
-Great creative problem-solving skills
-Courage to take some risks, try new things and overcome obstacles
-Broad range of interests and ability to learn new things quickly
-Ability to withstand rejection and maintain optimism and enthusiasm
-Great confidence and drive to continually increase my knowledge
-Natural curiosity and skills for getting the information I need
-Ability to see the big picture and the implications of actions and ideas
-Ability to juggle several projects at once
-Perceptiveness about people—their needs and motivations
-Adaptability and ease shifting gears and changing directions quickly
-Great social ease and ability to fit comfortably into most social situations

MY WEAKNESSES

-Trouble keeping myself organized
-Difficulty setting priorities and making decisions
-Overconfidence; I may misrepresent my abilities or experience
-Propensity to always focus on what’s possible rather than what’s doable or probable
-Tendency to promise more than I can deliver
-Impatience with unimaginative or inflexible people and people whose competence I question
-Tendency to lose interest in projects once problems are resolved
-Dislike of doing things in traditional, established, or routine manner
-Lack of discipline when it comes to attending to and following through on important details
-Tendency to become bored or easily sidetracked -Dislike of repetitive tasks


AVOID GENERATING SO MANY OPTIONS THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE A DECISION AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON NECESSARY DETAILS

-Try to pay close attention to the facts, details and timeliness of a project. Eliminate unrealistic options along the way and stick with my established list of priorities.

TRY NOT TO DISMISS THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS; APPEARING ARROGANT OR RUDE

-Try to focus on how a project or statement will affect others. Try to offer positive feedback before negative criticism, knowing that some people may take criticism very personally

DISCIPLINE MYSELF AND TRY NOT TO PROCRASTINATE; DON’T PUT OFF DECISIONS SO LONG THAT OPTIONS ARE ELIMINATED FOR ME

-Establish and adhere to deadlines. Notify people when I expect to be late.

DON’T INTERRUPT OTHERS SPEAKING BECAUSE AN IDEA HAS COME TO ME.

-Listen; wait until I am sure the person has finished speaking before offering my ideas and input.
-Try repeating back what the person has said so I am sure I understood what they actually said.
-Take courses and seminars to continue to expand my expertise and credentials
-Team up with co-workers and/or work in teams
-Hire an assistant who is good with details and follow-through
-Find other creative people with whom to brainstorm
-Join professional associations and attend conferences
-Change my focus if I’m not stimulated or challenged; work on something else for a while
-Develop a “critical friends” group to critique each others ideas and plans.
-If possible, delegate routine tasks to others -Make sure I have a variety of projects to work on

 

To learn more about your personality type, purchase the book, "DO WHAT YOU ARE" by Barbara Barron-Tieger & Paul Tieger

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