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My name is Nikola and I’m very interested in the array of palette of personalities that exist in people from all parts of the world. This interest has led me to study a B.Ed and to pursue a masters in  Counselling, so that I can better help young people select careers and/or paths of study that fit well with their personalities and the gifts they’ve been given.

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January 22, 2012   No Comments

InspHeRational Woman: Marcee Lee Winthrop

Marcee Lee Winthrop is one of The Most Incredible people I know. She has lived in poverty for many years until New Year’s eve on December 31st, 2008 came. She vowed to get herself and her daughter out of poverty. She is now an author, publisher, singer, and poet! Read her story, and if you ever thought you couldn’t do something, think of her and what she had to go through and how she made it. Let that be a reminder to you to follow your passions no matter where you are!

Current role: Poet/author/Publisher/Singer/Advocate-Activist/President of nonprofit on the internet/mother of 14 year old daughter. I’m a real, true Renaissance woman.

Company/organization: Marcee L.Johnson Publishing



Myers-Briggs type: ENFJ

What are your deepest and truest passions?

My deepest and truest passions are many.The big picture is to help in the elimination of poverty world-wide and to work on peace efforts world-wide as well. Right now, my passion lies in my immediate area of Gainesville, Florida that carries a very bad reputation of treating the poor in a less than humane way. My battlefield front is right where I am with more than enough to do. If I can make a difference here, then I can do the same thing statewide, nationally, and globally. Also, on a more personal level—I want my children and their descendants to have opportunities that they would otherwise not have, unless I change the dynamic of our lives from poverty to abundance.

Tell me about your past. I want people to know the true Marcee Lee Winthrop!

My past is important to know about but I have no intention of repeating it because I am on the rise. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on December 26, 1954. I am about to turn 55 years old. My mother did not want me because I was born out of wedlock. My great-Aunt Evelyn adopted me and raised me as her own. She worked at the Bell Telephone Company in Boston for 40 years as a Supervisor and bought up lots of stock in Bell. By the time she retired, she had entered Upper Middle Class level in finances and sent me to the best private schools in Boston right alongside The Kennedy’s and occasionally to a Parochial school too as she was a very devout Catholic. I credit this great education for my huge vocabulary and my ability to write as I do. She was responsible for my love of culture as she would take me to the Symphony, Theater, Ballet, Opera, etc. I was not always poor—in fact, I felt privileged. I took things for granted and would have never understood the poor at that time in my life.

When Evelyn died in 1986, I lost the only person in the world who truly cared about me and I had taken her for granted. When she died, I was struggling for the first time in my life and was ill-equipped to deal with it. My descent into poverty began immediately after the only connect to any kind of finances died—-my adopted mother.

After 4 husbands who I believed would rescue me like the fairy tales and take care of me and my children, I know now that I always had the strength within to make it myself—-I just didn’t believe that I could. In fact, I hated myself and I hated my looks and I didn’t feel worthy of the best—–so I ended up with the worst sort of characters (my husbands, boyfriends). Poverty was part of my life and unfortunately, part of my childrens’ too. I was a mother who didn’t even feel capable of taking care of myself and yet, I had all this responsibility on me. When you are at loose ends and you don’t know what to do—it’s horrible. I liken poverty to an earthly Hell.

October 2008 I went onto Ancestry.com to look up my roots. I typed in the family members that I knew of and what unfolded surprised me! Someone in my family had already done the family tree back to 1045AD and there were some famous ancestors too. Well, I was never the same again! I began to question myself about why I was in poverty when I had the same blood as those who would never have sat down and wallowed in the pitiful state that I had let myself sink to. No more! I began to think of dreams, goals, visions, interests, skills, abilities, in short, anything that I could do to get out of poverty. I wasn’t going to be satisfied unless I got out of it now—-that was when my mind change happened and there was no going back.

New Year’s Eve 2008/2009, the ball in Times Square dropped and I turned to my teenage daughter and said that this would be the year we would get out of poverty. This was a promise that became my New Years Resolution. Keep in mind that when I said this—I wasn’t sure how I was going to fulfill that promise yet! But I was determined to do something. It has been almost a year since then and we are still on this journey out of poverty but we are so much closer to being out than if I had done nothing.

Your story sounds amazing! What successes did you achieve this year?

The successes this year were the writing and publishing of my 1st book and selling to local bookstores, on the internet and direct sales. 150 books have been printed and published this year. I have had 4 write-ups in local newspapers, 3 book signings at local stores, 7 presentations on the campus of University of Florida, asked be participate on panels for campus Habitat For Humanity and Alachua County Housing Authority, numerous interviews on camera. Poverty activist at the Alachua County Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless meetings. Now I am working on my 2nd book due out in the New Year and the year isn’t quite over yet. One thing I must mention—it’s not overnight success. I am earning every bit that I get for doing the work that I do now. That’s what will make success so much better—to know that I had to earn it. It wasn’t handed to me. A year ago, no-one knew me at all and now I have become a local celebrity. Quite a change!

January 22, 2012   No Comments





Enneagram: The Producer           Reader: The Originator

ENTPs make up about 3% of the US population

The best description for an ENTP is “clever”, as they are very quick minded and enjoy rising to any challenge that others say is “impossible!” They are known as the inventor, since from a young age they enjoy taking apart gadgets and understanding how mechanisms work. This “inventive” side can translate itself nicely to organizations-both the mechanical and social side of them. “With their innovative, entrepreneurial spirit, ENTPs are always on the lookout for a better way, always eyeing new projects, new enterprises, new processes. Always aiming to “build a better mousetrap.

ENTPs are keenly pragmatic, and often become expert at devising the most effective means to accomplish their ends. They are the most reluctant of all the types to do things in a particular manner just because that’s the way they have been done. As a result, they often bring fresh, new approaches to their work and play. They are intensely curious and continuously probe for possibilities, especially when trying to solve complex problems. ENTPs are filled with ideas, but value ideas only when they make possible actions and objects. Thus they see product design not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end, as a way of devising the prototype that works and that can be brought to market. ENTPs are confident in their pragmatism, counting on their ability to find effective ways and means when they need them, rather than making a detailed blueprint in advance. A rough idea is all they need to feel ready to proceed into action.

ENTPs often have a lively circle of friends and are interested in their ideas and activities. They are usually easy-going, seldom critical or carping. ENTPs can be engaging conversationalists, able to express their own complicated ideas and to follow the ideas of others. When arguing issues, however, they may deliberately employ debate skills to the serious disadvantage of their opponents.

ENTPs are usually non-conformists in the workplace, and can succeed in many areas as long as the job does not involve too much humdrum routine. They make good leaders on pilot projects that test their ingenuity. And they are skilled at engineering human relationships and human systems, quickly grasping the politics of institutions and always wanting to understand the people within the system rather than tell them what to do. No matter what their occupation, however, ENTPs display an extraordinary talent for rising to the demands of even the most impossible situations. “It can’t be done” is a challenge to an ENTP and elicits a reaction of “I can do it.”

Source: Keirsey.com/handler.aspx?s=keirsey&f=fourtemps&tab=5&c=inventor

Famous ENTPs: John Adams (2nd US president), Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Walt Disney, Nicola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Tom Hanks, Céline Dion, Julia Child, George Carlin, and Alfred Hitchcock.


Careers: “Usually the most out-going of all the Rationals [NT types] is the Inventor (ENTP). That’s because they love bouncing their ideas off other people and seeing their reactions. It is not unusual to find this type in any job that requires new ideas and people contact. You might find them in politics, in real estate development, in advertising, in marketing, or in public relations. They could be a venture capitalist, a management consult, or a sports agent. As long as they have the opportunity to invent a new product or a new experience, they will shine. Says Donna, “We’d never tried landing on Mars using air bags and bouncing, but we did it. We took the risk, then checked out everything we could to limit the risk and we succeeded.”

Source: http://www.keirsey.com/personalityzone/wz22.asp 

ENTPs prefer careers where:

  • Management allows people to be self directed
  • There are several opportunities to demonstrate competence
  • The culture appreciates fair but tough decision making
  • The work offers the opportunity to rapidly change direction
  • The work is fun and allows for some spontaneity
  • The work allows you to work with a wide variety of people
  • The work moves at a rapid, exciting pace
  • The work involves theory and speculation
  • The work involves creativity and imagination to problem solving

Source: www.careerplanner.com/MB2/PersonalityType-ENTP.cfm

The Top 10 careers where ENTPs can really shine with their natural skills are:

Source: www.teamtechnology.co.uk/careers/entp.htm

Some other career titles include:

  • Actor
  • Artist
  • Comedian
  • Computer Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Consultant
  • Designer
  • Engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inventor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Marketer
  • Musician
  • Photographer
  • Politician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Relations
  • Sales Representative
  • Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Writer

Source: www.mypersonality.info/personality-types/entp/


In Leadership roles ENTPs take on a Get-Things-Going leadership style.

“The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, and excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.”              16types.com


For ENTPs in relationships “falling in love occurs when they feel that there is a good fit with the other person. Often within the first meeting, ENTPs will know whether the relationship has any real potential. ENTPs may find it difficult to commit to anyone until the right person comes along. During this period, ENTPs explore the closeness until they can be certain that they have looked at all of the possibilities. Because of this, they are not likely to settle down early. Source: http://davefaq.com/Docs/ENTP.html

“ENTP’s goals for their intimate relationships are similar to their other personal goals: improvement and growth. They constantly ask themselves questions such as: How can the relationship be improved? Where is the relationship headed? Am I growing in the relationship?” Their natural partner is the INFJ or INTJ.

Source: www.personalitypage.com/ENTP_rel.html


January 3, 2010   1 Comment

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship is something I am extremely passionate about.

It’s a term that has gotten a lot of mainstream buzz especially in the last five to ten years. People now dream of being social entrepreneurs!

What is a social entrepreneur? That’s a great question. One interesting answer to this is by a man named Bill Drayton, who is the Grandfather of social entrepreneurship! He is to social entrepreneurship what Gandhi was to peace, Einstein was to Physics, and Paulo Coehlo is to writing. He says ..“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”… Bill Drayton, CEO, chair and founder of Ashoka

I was very fortunate to meet Bill Drayton at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in March of 2009. I was in the theatre, and there was a man who was talking to a few people, and there seemed to be something special about him, so I went up to talk to him. I had no idea who he was. A few minutes later when he was called to give a speech, I realized who he was. He had a very calm but purposeful presence. He created Askoka, which finds and helps the greatest social entrepreneurs on the planet bring their ideas to reality.

You may watch him speak on the subject here: http://www.ashoka.org/entrepreneurforsociety

A social entrepreneur is a person who has a passion for helping people, picks one or many social causes, and relentlessly pursues this vision to completion, falling many times but getting back up with restored purpose.  Compared to businesses, a social entrepreneurs’ main ROI (return on investment) measure is the number of lives which will be positively affected by their solutions. This is the real fuel for their fire.

A social entrepreneur can be anyone who is young, old, female, male, educated, or non-educated, rich or poor. The common defining thread that flows through these types of people is their drive for wanting to solve a social situation, their resourcefullness in getting materials or people to grow their cause (sometimes having to push it alone for a while), their creativity in rethinking a field, and their perseverance no matter how many times they fall. Some social entrepreneurs just fall into this category by chance, some chip away at discovering it, and some have always known this is what they were meant to be.

One of the most amazing stories of a man who “took a wrong turn” into social entrepreneurship is Greg Mortenson. This is what Bill Clinton had to say about him “He (Greg Mortenson) is the ultimate social entrepreneur … a guy with a good idea, prepared to start small and stay with it as long as it takes to have a big impact and commit a lifetime to it. … he is effective in an area where Americans are not popular, because he relates to people as human beings.”

He had the Tanzanian influence early on, as his family moved there when he was very young so his father could build the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center.

In 1992, he set off to attempt to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain, but fate, and a wrong turn after his team tried to save a climber’s life, lead him to the village of Korphe, in the mountains of Northern Pakistan. The villagers took care of him and he forged friendships with them through drinking cups of tea. He saw children learning in the dirt becuase they did not have a school. He promised to come back and build a school for them. That promise has turned into his life long vocation. After enduring many rejections from people in trying to raise money he convinced Jean Hoerni, a Silicon Valley pioneer, to found the Central Asia Institute. The CAI, with Mortenson’s leadership, has over the last 16 years, built 131 schools in some of the roughest regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His journeys have not been without trials. In 1996 he survived an 8-day kidnapping by the Taliban, escaped fighting between Afghani warlords, and received hate mail and threats from people disagreeing with his building schools for girls in Pakistan. He has received Pakistan’s highest civilian award, the Sitara-e-Pakistan in March 2009.

He has written two novels: Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools.

All of this may seem impossible to you and me, but this is a person who took it step by step after realizing his calling. He realized what he had to do later on in his life, took the challenge and did all he could to achieve his vision. He is awkwardly shy, an introvert, but has determination that could only be tested with the mountains of Pakistan. He did not know what would happen, but he was determined to do everything he could to build his first school, then his second school, and his 131st school. I believe anything is possible, if we’re open to being open to the opportunities that come our way, even opportunities on the side of a remote mountain. ALWAYS BELIEVE!

December 17, 2009   No Comments





Enneagram: The Producer & The Enthusiast       Keirsey Reader: The Promoter

ESTPs make up about 10% of the US population

ESTPs “As an ESTP, your primary mode of living is focused externally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is internal, where you deal with things rationally and logically.

ESTPs are outgoing, straight-shooting types. Enthusiastic and excitable, ESTPs are “doers” who live in the world of action. Blunt, straight-forward risk-takers, they are willing to plunge right into things and get their hands dirty. They live in the here-and-now, and place little importance on introspection or theory. They look at the facts of a situation, quickly decide what should be done, execute the action, and move on to the next thing.”    Source: http://www.personalitypage.com/ESTP.html  12.15. 2009

The Kiersey Temperament calls ESTPs The Promoters.

“In a word, they are men and women of action. When a Promoter is present, things begin to happen: the lights come on, the music plays, the games begin. Clever and full of fun, Promoters live with a theatrical flourish which makes even the most routine events seem exciting. Not that they waste much time on routine events. In work and in play, Promoters demand new activities and new challenges. Bold and daring at heart, and ever-optimistic that things will go their way, Promoters will take tremendous risks to get what they want, and seem exhilarated by walking close to the edge of disaster. Because of this, they make the very best trouble-spot administrators and negotiators, and they can be outstanding entrepreneurs, able to swing deals and kick-start enterprises in a way no other type can.”

Source: http://www.keirsey.com/handler.aspx?s=keirsey&f=fourtemps&tab=4&c=promoter  12.15.2009


Famous ESTPs: John F. Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway, Madonna , Lucille Ball, Michael J. Fox, John Cusack, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, and Bruce Willis

Famous Fictional ESTPs: Bart Simpson and James Bond 


Careers: “The ESTP needs to keep moving, and does well in careers where he or she is not restricted or confined. ESTPs make extremely good salespersons. They will become stifled and unhappy dealing with routine chores. ESTPs have a natural abundance of energy and enthusiasm, which makes them natural entrepreneurs. They get very excited about things, and have the ability to motivate others to excitement and action. The can usually sell anyone on any idea. They are action-oriented, and make decisions quickly. All-in-all, they have extraordinary talents for getting things started.”

Source: http://www.personalitypage.com/ESTP.html   12.15.2009

ESTPs prefer careers where:

  • Management provides specific and realistic direction
  • There are several opportunities to demonstrate competence
  • The culture appreciates fair but tough decision making
  • The work offers the opportunity to rapidly change direction
  • The work allows you to work with a wide variety of people
  • The work moves at a rapid, exciting pace
  • The environment allows you to think through your ideas
  • The job is action oriented and offers a wide variety of activities
  • The work is realistic, down to earth, and practical

Source: http://www.careerplanner.com/mb2/PersonalityType-ESTP.cfm   12.15.2009

The Top 8 careers where ESTPs can use their natural skills are:

Source: http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/careers/estp.htm   12.15.2009


In Leadership roles ESTPs take on an In-Charge Style

“The theme is getting things accomplished through people. People of this style are focused on results, often taking action quickly. They often have a driving energy with an intention to lead a group to the goal. They make decisions quickly to keep themselves and others on task, on target, and on time. They hate wasting time and having to back track. Mentoring, executing actions, supervising, and mobilizing resources are all ways they get things accomplished. They notice right away what is not working in a situation and become painfully aware of what needs to be fixed, healed, or corrected.”

Source: http://www.16types.com/pdf/PTI_ISReport.pdf  2006


ESTPs in relationships are “gregarious and fun-loving individuals who want to make the most of every moment. They love action, and always seem to be doing something. This enthusiasm is carried over to their personal relationships, which they approach with the desire to make the most of their relationships on a daily basis. They tend to get bored easily, and may be prone to switching relationships frequently unless they find an outlet for their boredom elsewhere. They approach life on a day-by-day basis, so long-term commitments are not naturally comfortable for the ESTP.”  Their natural partner is the ISFJ or the ISTJ.

Source: http://www.personalitypage.com/ESTP_rel.html   2006


December 15, 2009   No Comments




Enneagram: The Giver             Keirsey Reader: The Provider

ESFJs make up about 12% of the US population

ESFJs “take it upon themselves to ensure the health and welfare of those in their care are met, but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of social institutions. Wherever they go, ESFJs happily give their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, and that social functions are a success.

Friendly, outgoing, neighborly – in a word, ESFJs are gregarious, so much so that they can become restless when isolated from people. They love to talk with others, and will often strike up a conversation with strangers and chat pleasantly about any topic that comes to mind. Friendships matter a great deal to ESFJs, and their conversations with friends often touch on good times from years past. Family traditions are also sacred to them, and they carefully observe birthdays and anniversaries.

ESFSs are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types, but which also leaves them somewhat self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Loving and affectionate, they need to be loved in return. In fact, ENFJs can be crushed by personal criticism, and are happiest when given ample appreciation both for themselves and for the tireless service they give to others.”   Source: Keirsey.com

“All ESFJs have a natural tendency to want to control their environment. Their dominant function demands structure and organization, and seeks closure. ESFJs are most comfortable with structured environments. They’re not likely to enjoy having to do things which involve abstract, theoretical concepts, or impersonal analysis.” Source:  PersonalityPage.com

Famous ESFJs: Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Walters, Dwight Eisenhower, Elvis Stojko, Danny Glover, Geri Halliwell, Bjork, Eddie Murphy, and Sally Field.


Careers: “The ESFJ has two primary traits which will help define their best career direction: 1) they are extremely organized and enjoy creating order, and 2) much of their self-satisfaction comes through giving and helping others. Accordingly, they will do well at tasks which involve creating or maintaining order and structure, and they will be happiest when they are serving others.” Source: PersonalityPage.com

ESFJs prefer careers where:

*  Management provides specific and realistic directions
*  The work offers plenty of opportunities to make decisions
*  They are able to maintain control over your projects
*  The work allows them to work with a variety of people
*  The work moves at a rapid, exciting pace
*  They have opportunities to talk through their ideas
*  The job is action oriented and provides a wide variety of activities

Source: CareerPlanner.com

The Top 8 careers where ESFJs can really use their natural skills are:

Source: TeamTechnology.co.uk


In Leadership roles ESFJs take on a Get-things-going style.

“The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, or excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.” 16Types.com

ESFJs in relationships are very kind and “warm-hearted individuals who highly value their close personal relationships. They are very service-oriented, and their own happiness is closely tied into the happiness and comfort of those around them. They are valued for their genuine warm and caring natures, and their special ability to bring out the best in others. They usually do not handle conflict well, and may tend to be very controlling or manipulative. Relationships are central to their lives, and they put forth a great amount of energy into developing and maintaining their close interpersonal relationships. They expect the same from others.” Their natural partner is the ISFP or INFP. Source: PersonalityPage.com

December 8, 2009   1 Comment




Enneagram: The Mediator     Keirsey Reader: The Composer

ISFPs make up about 6% of the US population

“As an ISFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion.

ISFPs live in the world of sensation possibilities. They are keenly in tune with the way things look, taste, sound, feel and smell. They have a strong aesthetic appreciation for art, and are likely to be artists in some form, because they are unusually gifted at creating and composing things which will strongly affect the senses. They have a strong set of values, which they strive to consistently meet in their lives. They’re likely to choose jobs and careers which allow them the freedom of working towards the realization of their value-oriented personal goals.

ISFPs tend to be quiet and reserved, and difficult to get to know well. They hold back their ideas and opinions except from those who they are closest to. They are likely to be kind, gentle and sensitive in their dealings with others. They are interested in contributing to people’s sense of well-being and happiness, and will put a great deal of effort and energy into tasks which they believe in.

They value people who take the time to understand the ISFP, and who support the ISFP in pursuing their goals in their own, unique way. People who don’t know them well may see their unique way of life as a sign of carefree light-heartedness, but the ISFP actually takes life very seriously, constantly gathering specific information and shifting it through their value systems, in search for clarification and underlying meaning.

ISFPs are action-oriented individuals. They are “doers”, and are usually uncomfortable with theorizing concepts and ideas, unless they see a practical application. They learn best in a “hands-on” environment, and consequently may become easily bored with the traditional teaching methods, which emphasize abstract thinking. They do not like impersonal analysis, and are uncomfortable with the idea of making decisions based strictly on logic. Their strong value systems demand that decisions are evaluated against their subjective beliefs, rather than against some objective rules or laws.

ISFPs are extremely perceptive and aware of others. They constantly gather specific information about people, and seek to discover what it means. They are usually penetratingly accurate in their perceptions of others.

ISFPs are warm and sympathetic. They genuinely care about people, and are strongly service-oriented in their desire to please. They have an unusually deep well of caring for those who are close to them, and are likely to show their love through actions, rather than words.” Taken from PersonalityPage.com


Famous ISFPs: Michael Jackson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marie Antoinette, Kevin Costner, Paul McCartney, Brooke Shields, Britney Spears, John Travolta, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Steven Spielberg, and Barbara Streisand.


Careers: “The ISFP is a very special individual who needs to have a career which is more than a job. The middle of the road is not likely to be a place where they will be fulfilled and happy. They need to have a career which is consistent with their strong core of inner values. Since they prefer to live in the current moment, and take the time to savor it, they do not do well with some of the more fast-paced corporate environments. They need a great deal of space and freedom if they are going to function in their natural realm of acute sensory awareness. If they give free reign to their natural abilities, they may find a wonderful artist within themselves. Almost every major artist in the world has been an ISFP. Since the ISFP is so acutely aware of people’s feelings and reactions, and is driven by their inner values to help people, the ISFP is also a natural counselor and teacher.”   Taken from PersonalityPage.com


ISFP’s prefer careers where:

*  Management provides specific and realistic directions
*  The work itself is personally meaningful and has value
*  Decisions at work are in sync with your personal values
*  The work offers the opportunity to rapidly change direction
*  The work is fun and allows for some spontaneity
*  You can concentrate rather than multitask
*  The environment allows you to consider things before responding
*  The work allows you to work at a careful steady pace
*  The work allows you  private time to work alone and concentrate

The Top 10 careers where ISFPs can really use their natural skills are:

  • Artist
  • Musician / Composer
  • Designer
  • Child Care / Early Childhood Development
  • Social Worker / Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Forest Ranger
  • Pediatrician

Taken from http://www.personalitypage.com/ISFP_car.html


In Leadership roles ISFPs take on a Behind-the-Scenes leadership style.

The theme is getting the best result possible. People of this style focus on understanding and working with process to create a positive outcome. They see value in many contributions and consult outside inputs to make an informed decision. They aim to integrate various information sources and accommodate differing points of view. They approach others with a quiet, calm style that may not show their strong convictions. Producing, sustaining, defining, and clarifying are all ways they support a group’s process. They typically have more patience than most with the time it takes to gain support through consensus for a project or to refine the result.”   16Types.com

ISFPs in relationships “are warmhearted, gentle people who take their commitments seriously, and seek lifelong relationships. They are very private people, who keep their true feelings and opinions reserved or hidden from others. This may cause them to constantly defer to their mates in their intimate relationships, which may cause problems if their mates are not extremely aware of the ISFP’s feelings. ISFPs go to great lengths to please their partners. They’re very loyal and supportive, with a deep capacity for love. They detest conflict and discord, and highly value being seen and understood for who they are. They need space to live their lives in their own unique way, and will respect other’s need for space.” The ISFPs natural partner is the ESFJ or the ENFJ. Taken from PersonalityPage.com

December 6, 2009   1 Comment




Enneagram: The Enthusiast       Keirsey Reader: The Performer

ESFPs make up about 10% of the US population

ESFPs are notoriously enthusiastic, love to talk, and love to entertain! They are people’s people, constantly talking about so many different things and bouncing from topic to topic. They love being the centre of attention. The world is a stage to them whether they are in their home, office, workplace, or stage! They’re continually searching for the next event to attend so they can entertain the guests and make them happy.

“The dominant function of ESFPs is concerned with the reality that is perceived through their senses. This type’s prime directive is to examine the tangible through taste, touch, sight, feeling and hearing. The ESFPs need for new experiences surely results from the sensing function (S in ESFP).”       TypeLogic.com

“Like the other Artisans, Performers are incurably optimistic – “Always look on the bright side,” is their motto – and they will avoid worries and troubles by ignoring them as long as possible. They are also the most generous of all the types, and second only to the Composer Artisans [ISFPs] in kindness. They give what they have to one and all without expectation of reward, just as they love freely, and without expecting anything in return. In so many ways, Performers view life as an eternal cornucopia from which flows an endless supply of pleasures.”     Keirsey.com


Famous ESFPs: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Magic Johnson, Pablo Picasso, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Elvis, and Saint Mark.

Famous Fictional ESFPs: Homer Simpson and Kelly Bundy.



Careers: An ideal career for the ESFP would allow them to be friendly and outgoing, communicative, fun, and multitasking. They enjoy busy and thriving work environments, where they can work with a lot of other people on a stream of different tasks that have a real practical benefit to people. Their natural sensing part of their personalities likes to rely on facts and on the here-and-now.

“The ESFP personality type will naturally move towards careers that allow them to get personally involved in the tasks at hand, working directly with clients or customers, out in the field rather than away from the action. Also, they will be natural for careers requiring the skillful handling of people and conflicts, the ability to ease tensions, and the ability to motivate others. In addition, work that lets them interact throughout the workday with other easygoing and social people who share their enthusiasm, energy, and realistic point of view will be rewarding!”   http://www.personality-power-for-everyday-living.com/ESFP-personality.html

The Top 10 careers where ESFPs can really shine with their natural skills are:

Top 10 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk

Some other career titles include:

  • Actor                                  Entrepreneur                           Musician
  • Artist                                  Fashion Designer                    Painter
  • Child Care                         Human Resources                  Photographer
  • Coach                                 Interior Decorator                 Sales
  • Comedian                         Marketer                                    Scientist
  • Consultant                       Military                                       Trainer

Career choices taken from MyPersonality.info


In Leadership roles ESFPs take on a Get-Things-Going leadership style.

“The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, and excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.” 16types.com

ESFPs in relationships “embrace their love relationships in a Big way – similar to the way they approach their lives in general. They love to be in love, and will try to make the most of each moment. They take things on a day-by-day basis, and are uncomfortable thinking too much about the future, or making plans far in advance. For this reason, ESFPs are not natural long-term commitment people. They may feel tremendously committed on a day-by-day basis, but they do not naturally plan for their futures.

This commitment issue is a potential pitfall for the ESFP. Many people of this type overcome this potential weakness, and become involved in truly satisfying, lifelong relationships. Others do not address this weakness, and move from relationship to relationship without forming real commitments, convincing themselves that this is what they truly want.” Their natural partner is the ISTJ or the ISFJ.         PersonalityPage.com



December 3, 2009   No Comments


ENFJ: The Teacher


Enneagram: The Perfectionist, The Helper             Keirsey Reader: The Teacher

ENFJs make up about 2-5% of the US population

ENFJs are natural born teachers. They are conscientious, devoted, and persevering in any cause, person, or institution that they believe in. They strive for harmonious relationships, are idealistic and love being around people.

The radiate a personal warmth, which being an idealist temperament (NF) is very important to them. They like to have things decided for, organized, and finalized (where the J of the ENFJ comes into the personality). They are constantly on the lookout for how to improve and perfect what they are working with. (ENFJ, Gifts Differing, Briggs Myers & Myers, 92-94)

They are capable of calling forth each learner’s potentials. Teachers are able – effortlessly, it seems, and almost endlessly-to dream up fascinating learning activities for their students to engage in. In some Teachers, this ability to fire the imagination can amount to a kind of genius which other types find hard to emulate. But perhaps their greatest strength lies in their belief in their students. Teachers look for the best in their students, and communicate clearly that each one has untold potential, and this confidence can inspire their students to grow and develop more than they ever thought possible.” Keirsey.com

Famous ENFJs: Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Sean Connery, Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp, and Pope John Paul II.

Careers: From all of the idealists, the ENFJ is most likely to go into leadership roles in an organization, naturally, as they are drawn to teaching, connecting, and inspiring others. They need to feel as though they are making a difference in the lives of others and really connecting with people.

The Top 7 careers where ENFJs can really shine with their natural skills are:

Top 7 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk.

Some other career titles include:

  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Actor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Artist
  • Banker/Economist
  • Careers Counselor
  • Church Worker
  • Computer Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Designer
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Engineer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Facilitator
  • Homemaker
  • Human Resources
  • Librarian
  • Musician
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Politician
  • Project Manager
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist/Counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Scientist
  • Senior Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical Specialist
  • Trainer
  • Writer

Career choices taken from MyPersonality.info

In Leadership roles ENFJs take on an In-Charge leadership style.

“The theme is getting things accomplished through people. People of this style are focused on results, often taking action quickly. They often have a driving energy with an intention to lead a group to the goal. They make decisions quickly to keep themselves and others on task, on target, and on time. They hate wasting time and having to back track. Mentoring, executing actions, supervising, and mobilizing resources are all ways they get things accomplished. They notice right away what is not working in a situation and become painfully aware of what needs to be fixed, healed, or corrected.” 16types.com

ENFJs in relationships are very committed, caring, and loving. They place a lot of themselves into their relationship, and because they are very warm and devoted, it will bring out the great qualities in their partner. The ENFJs natural partner is the INFP or ISFP.

November 30, 2009   1 Comment


ENFP: The Visionary


Enneagram: The Enthusiast             Keirsey Reader: The Champion

ENFPs make up about 6-8% of the US population

ENFPs are powerfully enthusiastic, hate routine, are fiercely independent and original, and are good at creating ideas but not usually at completing them. Their energy comes in pulses instead of in concentrated activity. They throw themselves into every possibility they dream up and work intensely to the point where they know it will work. From then on, someone else can take over. “Emerging possibilities are compelling motives from which intuition cannot escape.” (Gifts Differing, Briggs-Myers & Myers, Page 107)

ENFPs lives are a series of projects. ENFPs are extremely curious and want to search and be involved in everything!

The 2 positive criticism areas are:

  1. Picking a project and sticking with it to completion. A developed feeling or thinking personality would be able to offer beneficial advice and a standard for evaluating their ideas.
  2. Using their energies towards an idea that has potential value.

They bring charm and ingenuity and understanding wherever they go, which helps them be very effective leaders.

Famous ENFPs: Mark Twain, Bill Cosby, James Dobson (“Focus on the Family”), Meg Ryan, Robin Williams, Sandra Bullock, Alicia Silverstone, Robert Downey, Will Smith, and Julie Andrews.

Famous Fictional ENFPs: Ariel (The Little Mermaid), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Steve Irkle.

Taken from TypeLogic.com

Careers: “If they are lucky enough to find their calling in a line of work that permits such a stream of projects, the successive enthusiasms build themselves into a coherent career. For writers it may be a sequence of books, each presenting a different problem to be solved, written, and put on the shelf. For a business person, it may be the successive expansions of a business into new fields; for a college Professor, the renewed challenge of an entering class.” (Gifts Differing, Briggs-Myers & Myers, Page 107)

The Top 10 careers where ENFPs can really shine with their natural skills are:

Top 10 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk

Some other career titles include:

  • Accountant/Auditor             Actor
  • Art Director                              Artist
  • Banker/Economist                Career Counselor
  • Church Worker                        Conference Planner
  • Consultant                                 Designer
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist           Diplomat
  • Editor                                          Engineer
  • Entrepreneur                           Homemaker
  • Housing Director                    Human Resources
  • Journalist                                  Lawyer/Attorney
  • Marketer                                    Massage Therapist
  • Merchandise Planner           Musician
  • Newscaster                               Nurse
  • Politician                                   Project Manager
  • Psychologist/Counselor     Public Relation
  • Researcher                                Scientist
  • Senior Manager                       Social Scientist
  • Social Worker                           Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher/Professor                 Technical Specialist
  • Trainer                                        Writer

Career choices taken from MyPersonality.info

In Leadership roles ENFPs take on a Get-Things-Going leadership style.

“The theme is persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process. Their focus is on interaction, often with an expressive style. They Get-Things-Going with upbeat energy, enthusiasm, and excitement, which can be contagious. Exploring options and possibilities, making preparations, discovering new ideas, and sharing insights are all ways they get people moving along. They want decisions to be participative and enthusiastic, with everyone involved and engaged.”              16types.com

ENFPs in relationships match well with other intuitive feeling types. In fact couples with both N and F (intuitive feeling types) have the highest couple satisfactions out of all of the types. ENFPs take their relationships very seriously but love to be playful and enthusiastic. They are warm, affectionate, and can be smothering. The ENFP needs reassurance and positive affection. They usually stay longer in relationships that are damaging, and take the result of the relationship on their own shoulders.

November 27, 2009   No Comments