As an entrepreneur-minded individual, it should come as no shock: You’ve got a distinct personality type. Just to bring home that idea, though, consider a recent study from Myers Briggs, the personality-determining institution. The study found that entrepreneurs are heavy in the intuition and perceiving areas, while those folks who lean toward sensing and judging have less of an entrepreneurial spirit.
Creativity, risk-taking, impulsivity and autonomy were found to be strong characteristics of an entrepreneurial personality, according to the study. Not surprisingly, many of those found to gravitate toward business creation were extroverts with keen perception and intuition.
In short: Outgoing and perceptive people tend to be well-suited to the entrepreneurial style of business.
For the natural-born entrepreneurs out there, this is confirmation of what you have long known. Your personality naturally directs you toward thinking inventively, perhaps imagining more new business ideas than you could possibly have time to create.
What does this mean for the more introverted, sensitive types? Do they stand no chance of breaking out on their own?
Not necessarily. If anything, the Myers Briggs study should inspire those who don’t seem to possess the typical traits of a business owner to do some serious deep diving into their own personalities. Those who tend to be less outgoing can’t just suddenly become extroverts. They can, however, find inspiration from risk takers. Perhaps certain aspects of extroverted personalities can be adopted. Or maybe people who tend to respond by sensing and judging could spend time building up their natural intuitive tendencies.
These changes don’t happen overnight; for some they may not work at all because they feel unnatural. In the end, that’s okay. While the Myers Briggs study creates a solid line between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs, it’s important to remember that a lot of subtle personality traits lay somewhere in between. Those traits can be highly useful whether you’re creating a startup or building a more traditional career.