Understanding your natural ways of thinking and behaving is the first step toward achieving career success and fulfillment. In their book “Creative You: Using your personality type to thrive” (2013), authors David Goldstein and Otto Kroeger cite The Gallup Poll (a research poll that addresses economic and behavioral trends), “Seventy-one percent of us are not engaged or are actively disengaged in our work, meaning we’re emotionally disconnected from our workplaces and are far less likely to be productive and creative.” To avoid being a part of this unfortunate statistic, take some time to find out what you need from your job to make it more interesting and fulfilling. The MBTI is one tool that helps to identify your interests and natural thought process.
According to Goldstein and Kroeger, “These days, being creative is more than just drawing pretty pictures; it’s a basic human need essential to thriving in our ever-changing, increasingly competitive global economy.” From my personal experience, I can attest to the fact that people of all types, even those not known for their creativity, can have some pretty cool ideas. My dad, a very precise, detail-oriented banker, was the guy who came up with the Fred Flintstone slogan for Old Stone Bank where he worked for over two decades. If you have trouble seeing yourself as creative, maybe the better word is innovative. Either way, when you look at things a little differently, it’s amazing what you’ll see.