Basically my personality test called me a know-it-all. I was in my early twenties, a General Manager of small retail store, with low employee turnover, and high growth for the sales. I was a cocky SOB. In my opinion, rightly so, but it didn't leave a lot of room for learning, or change.
Now...fast forward fifteen years, and not only has my attitude changed, so have my priorities. So when I stumbled across this free PERSONALITY TEST, I was intrigued.
I took it, and although it's not a full in-depth Meyer's Briggs personality test, this one is free instead of the $50 you pay for the real deal. Today, my personality type is listed as a Mediator (INFP-T). Although to be fair, my N and F were damn near a 50/50 split, so I take the middle initials with a grain of salt. It also said I was a Diplomat in search of Constant Improvement.
The things that stood out in the results for me was "Mediators often wish that they could just be, doing what they love without the stress and rigor of professional life." If I'd nodded my head any harder at that, I would have resembled a bobble head version of myself.
Why am I bringing this up today? Well, it's because the person I am today, who is working toward finding inner peace and balance, is a far far cry from the young adult me who wanted to take on the world because life was some sort of video game mission I had to beat on nightmare mode.
With all the self-help books and reflection I've been doing recently, I've realized I never stopped to figure out what I wanted to do as an adult. I figured out what I was supposed to do, and then went about trying to get the best grade, highest score, and top recognition. And no matter how high I climbed, I wasn't happy. Because it wasn't my goal I was chasing.
These personality tests make you take a hard look at yourself, and realize you need to find the best place for you to hang your hat. And sometimes it's a very different place than you thought you'd want to be when you were younger. Time with my family, friends, and (as a severe introvert) time alone are what I want to cultivate. I want what I do to mean something, and I think that's why I started writing in the first place.
I fell in love with authors who make me smile with their books. I love authors who keep me giggling. I'm currently listening to Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurentson as I work my way back through her catalogue for a re-read. Why? Because I needed to laugh, and I know these books are ones I'll giggle snort my way through and will always brighten my day.
I hope some of my characters give you guys a smile. Because that's why I write them. If my characters don't have a sense of humor...well, they're usually the bad guys and get killed off. If you're looking for a taste of my silly characters, check out When the Lights Go Out.
The whole April Fools For Love collection was brought about by the need to smile and play with other authors who share my smartass sense of humor. I highly recommend all the stories in this collection for any time you need a pick me up.
Back to my test adventure today. I looked at some of the careers that are recommended for my personality type, and what do you know, writing was top and center. Huh...guess the universe is trying to tell me something. Maybe that I should write a few more stories for you guys.
So tell me, have you taken one of these tests? Or the official Meyers Briggs? What type of personality do you have?
Or if you have any advice for this former know-it-all turned mediator tell me that too. And for those of you who know me, do you think this test is a bunch of baloney?
Until I hear otherwise, this mediator is off to enjoy her introverted lifestyle.