New Year, Be You!

How does your personality affect your strengths?

Before we can answer that question, we must first know who we are. Personalities are a fascinating topic, more so, what those personalities are capable of when placed in an environment where they thrive and their strengths can shine.

  • What have you done to figure out who you are?

  • How do you define who you are in your personal and professional life?

  • How does knowing your personality type help you with your career?

According to Paul Tiger, author of “Do What You Are”, what determines the first part of the four dimensions to your personality type (E) Extrovert vs (I) Introversion is “how we interact with the world and where we direct our energy.” Energy is everything in life and this so-called energy can give someone a sneak peek into the puzzle pieces that make up who you are and more importantly, a glimpse into what professional job role you would thrive in. What does it all come down to? Direction!

As “Do What You Are” explains, “Extraverts get their batteries charged up by being with others”; where “Introverts focus their attention and energy on the world inside of themselves…so they need time to “recharge their batteries”.

The beauty of understanding who you are and your personality type is you get to make wiser career choices. You get to understand the careers that you should really consider, evaluate from that list, and then go on a more purposeful job search adventure. By knowing your personality traits, you can confidently go after opportunities that align with your higher purpose, where you can give the best of yourself. Turn your obsession into your profession!

Is there really a tool out there that can give us insight into the ideal career path for each of us as unique individuals?

Knowing the rich history behind the Myers-Briggs test (16 Personalities) solidifies its credibility. This one-of-a-kind test has been around since World War II, when Katherine Cook Briggs and daughter, Isabel Briggs, wanted to help individuals find jobs that are the best match according to their personalities/strengths. They wanted to help improve overall job performance and satisfaction; and we are still using this groundbreaking determinant. A solid way to identify your ideal "calling" in the world. Personality and Strengths go hand-in-hand, one cannot coexist without the other. Therefore, when we are in doubt of what career path we should embark on or if we are indeed on the right career path currently, sometimes all we need is a proven outside perspective to really highlight what we've known all along but didn't quite know how to define it.