Starting these tests, there were 3 things I knew about myself:
- I like learning new things.
- I get bored easily unless I get to work on a variety of projects that stimulate both my analytical and creative sides.
- I love strategy more than execution but I think execution is key to learn how to do things (learning by doing).
Overall my Myers-Briggs results were pretty accurate. I was impressed.
My Myers-Briggs results: INFP traits
In a nutshell, INFPs are:
Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.
The test also gave me recommended job industries that match with my personality. My top 2 recommended areas:
- Design, arts, entertainment, spots and media
- Education and Training
INFP… with a twist
Business and finance ranked relatively low in my recommended fields of expertise. I was in total shock since I graduated in Business and Finance with pretty good grades and I have actually being working in that field and enjoying it. The INVJ survey was a good complement to get better insights. The results were pretty redundant but the main difference was that consultancy and business ranked among my top 5, which was comforting.
Interesting insights about INFPs
I found this great infographic on Pinterest. The funny thing is some of the stressors have become part of today’s work environment especially in Digital Marketing (necessity to make decisions, criticism, rush, unclear expectations etc.)
Can you succeed in business if you are an INFP?
I believe you can! In my case, I believe there were 3 major enablers:
- Genes: my dad is a statistician and an engineer. My two brothers are web developers and my sister is an accountant. I have always liked to play with numbers and I believe I have my dad to thank for it.
- I like to learn new things: this could also have something to do with genes. My mom is a history and geography teacher and growing up, she would make me memorize all kinds of things, all the time…
- Coaching: I had the chance work with people who really had a great impact on me and my career. I am very thankful for my amazing managers. Eric was my first manager, a real leader. He is the one who really gave me a chance and made me see my potential. Mike was so smart that I had to keep learning and challenge myself to meet his high standards. Susan was a very strategic person, with amazing presentation and interpersonal skills. I definitely picked up a few tricks from her. Then there was Melanie, a tough cookie with very good negotiation skills. I also met a lot of people who were willing to share their expertise with me. I think of Julie (the EXCEL queen), Marcelo (the Data Guru) and Toni (the relationship marketing expert). They all helped me challenge my INFP personality, get out there and build skills I wouldn’t have developed otherwise.
INFPs represent only 4% of the population I thought it would be fun to look up famous INFPs. Here are a few of them:
- William Shakespeare
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- John Kerry
- J.K. Rowling
- Vincent van Gogh
Want to learn more about INFPs? Check out this very detailed article on INFP type.
Do you know what type of personality you are? I would love to hear about other INFPs in the place.