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I thought it would be good to get an idea of the kind of person I am–you know, deep down inside–whilst going about this whole business of finding a new career (you know, in case the whole writer thing doesn’t work out–because very often it doesn’t!) So I did what any red-blooded American would do at midnight on the Sunday of a holiday weekend when attempting to ‘know thyself’…I took an online personality test.

I know this one was accurate. Because it was really long. And any good teacher knows that the longer the test, the better. Please note: that last bit was extreme sarcasm…but sadly often true.

ESTJ – “Administrator”. Much in touch with the external environment. Very responsible. Pillar of strength. 8.7% of total population.
Main type

Enneagram Test Results

Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||| 43%
Type 3 Image Awareness |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 4 Sensitivity |||||||||||| 43%
Type 5 Detachment |||||| 23%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||||||| 40%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||||||| 60%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||||||||| 86%
Type 9 Calmness |||| 13%

Your main type is 1
Your variant is sexual

Further results indicated that…

-I must be perfect and good to be happy.
-I must be impressive and attractive to be happy.
-I must be strong and in control to be happy.
-I must be high and entertained to be happy.

Of the four items above, I received the same (high) correlation for the first three items and an almost-as-high correlation for the fourth.  So what does this tell me?  Sadly, precious little that what my own husband, mother, or inner voice could have told me.  But I didn’t want to listen to any of them!

But what does it mean for my future career?  Because really, being happy is the goal here.  So what kind of job is good for someone who is clearly a perfectionist–especially in the area of self image–is almost disturbingly aggressive, and needs to be both in control and entertained?  Well, according to this same website, it means bad news for what I thought I’d do with my life.  Observe…

Favored Careers:

executive, CEO, supervisor, business consultant, manager, strategist, financial planner, business person, office manager, public relations manager, international business specialist, business analyst, management consultant, operations manager, loan officer, lawyer, marketing, sports management, government employee, investment banker

Disfavored Careers:

poet, artist, songwriter, musician, novelist, art therapist, theatre teacher, art curator, film editor, video game designer, photo journalist, travel writer, actor, record store owner, camera operator, art historian, music teacher

Well gee.  I guess I should have done this simple, free online test before I wrote that book proposal or purchased the camera or started those three travel blogs.  Or I suppose I could just ignore the quiz entirely.  That might be easier.  Because I can’t think of anything that would make me less happy than being an office manager, a business analyst, or an investment banker.  And how does one set out to become a CEO, exactly?  There’s no ‘couch to CEO’ training program that I’ve ever heard of!

So I guess the lesson for today is ‘stop fiddling around online doing stupid crap like taking bullshit personality tests and keep having fun learning about things that interest you.’  I’m off to do just that right now!

Side note:  I may be going on a short-ish road trip this week.  Please see my post asking for destination suggestion on my other blog, Blog on the Run.  That link will take you directly to the post asking for suggestions.  Thanks in advance for any input!!!