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9 Personality Types: Which One Are You And What Are Your Merits And Defects ?

9 Personality Types: Which One Are You And What Are Your Merits And Defects ?
The nine personality types, as documented by 9types.com, are a great way to get a stronger sense of what kind of individual you are. To start understanding yourself better, try choosing one sentence that best describes you in the format of “I [your statement.]” This is not a thorough test, but it can provide a quick reference. If you want something more thorough, you can find solid tests to take online at places like here and here. If you’re just sticking with the one sentence approach for now, though, ask yourself which description most closely matches how you described yourself.

1. Reformer: “I do everything the right way.”

Reformers are the people who think that there’s a right and wrong way to do things, and they are absolutely determined to learn the right way. A common goal of reformers is to eat healthy, because they struggle to understand how having a sugary treat is anything but a black mark on their meal plans. That limited awareness can be a problem, but their sense of commitment is certainly advantageous.

2. Helper: “I must help others.”

Helpers are the the segment of the nine types of personality who desperately need to convince themselves that they’re making a positive difference in the world. Their goals include the need to build quality relationships, usually by proving themselves worthy of others’ friendship and companionship. Helpers can be too needy at times, but their generosity should be appreciated and valued.

3. Motivator: “I need to succeed.”

Motivators are the members of the nine types of personalities who are perhaps most likely to be reading articles on Lifehack. For motivators, increasing productivity and efficiency is a primary concern. They might be a little too focused on work, but that drive can lead them to big success in both their professional and personal lives.

4. Romantic: “I am unique.”

Romantics are the ones in the nine types of personalities who believe the most in their power to change the world. They know in their hearts that they have something to offer that no one else does, and are desperate to find their passion so they can do what they consider their life’s work. While maybe a little too idealistic at time, romantics’ ability to believe in something bigger than themselves is certainly worth admiring.

5. Thinker: “I need to understand the world.”

A thinker is eager to figure out how things work. They want to understand the mechanics everything they come across, up to and including their relationships. While they overanalyze things at times, their analysis skills can certainly come in handy.

6. Skeptic: “I am affectionate and skeptical.”

Skeptics are as far removed from romantics as any two groups in the nine types of personalities can be. They want to worry less, but should also remember that skepticism often leads to great discoveries.

7. Enthusiast: “I am happy and open to new things.”

If you’re someone who wants a lot of adventure in your life, you might be an enthusiast. Their tendency to live their lives to the fullest can sometimes mean they’re not concerned enough about their futures, but they also don’t waste time second-guessing themselves.

8. Leader: “I must be strong.”

Like the motivators, leaders are another group in the nine types of personality that’s likely to be reading this article and others on Lifehack. Often businessmen and businesswomen, a goal of many leaders is to build a successful start-up. Sometimes leaders have trouble following orders, but they also tend to influence big changes.

9. Peacemaker: “I am at peace.”

Peacemakers are people who feel very happy with their lives. The downside is they may be too complacent and won’t strive to achieve more, but who wouldn’t like to have that kind of self-assurance? Now that you’ve read about all nine, what personality type best matches your original sentence? Hopefully identifying that will in turn help you understand yourself a little more.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Hawk/Personality Analysis via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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