Last Updated on October 14, 2020 by Paul Farrell, MRP, JD, PhD
Everyone has special gifts, something uniquely you, that you want to contribute to the world, make it a better place, and along the way, increase your earning power and live a happier, healthier, less stressful life. Is what you’re doing, your career should be the right path for your gifts to shine? In The Millionaire Mind, Thomas Stanley says
“Millionaires who have a high creative intelligence often make one very important career decision correctly: They select a vocation that provides them with enormous profits, and very often this same vocation is the one they love. Remember, if you love what you are doing, your productivity will be high and your specific form of creative genius will emerge.”
Stanley’s message cuts both ways:
“As most millionaires report, stress is a direct result of devoting a lot of effort to a task that’s not in line with one’s abilities. It’s more difficult, more demanding mentally and physically, to work at a vocation that’s unsuitable to your aptitude.”
Here’s your first step, a brief test from my Millionaire Code modified from Carl Jung’s personality types and the Myers-Briggs 16 personality types.
Take this simple four-part test and find your four-letter “Millionaire Code.” Then narrow your type to one of the four main personality types. Then you can follow the links to all sixteen of the Myers Briggs and discover some details on new career options that fit you. The test may look like one you took years ago. But things change, so keep an open mind, open to big changes. You wouldn’t be the first financial type who left a bank to become an artist, jewelry designer or journalist, but you may be the happiest one.
16 Paths Open The Door To A New Career Path
And the Life You Always Dream About!
So here’s a mini-version of the test. The test is very simple, without psychological mumbo-jumbo. With each of the following four pairs, use your gut, pick the one letter that best fits you … not the way other people expect you to be at work, social gatherings, or even what what your family expect. Who is the”real you” that wants to be break out, be alive! Take some time, meditate on this … know the 4-letter “code” that’s defines your personality type:
Extrovert or Introvert?? (E or I)
Given a choice, what “world” do you prefer living in: We all want some of both, but Extraverts prefer interacting, socializing, talking and listening to people. Introverts prefer their own inner world – time alone, reading, thinking quietly, living in-their-head, working things out before dealing with the “real world.”
Sensor or Intuitive? (S or N)
How do you use information? We all use the five senses to get concrete data, from seeing, hearing, touch, taste, smell. However, the Sensor then compares new data to past information. Intuitives are future-oriented, they look beyond raw data for meaning, possibilities and abstractions. Sensors rely more on the data. An Intuitive relies more on hunches, concepts and inspirations.
Thinker or Feeler? (T or F)
How do you make decisions? Thinkers want to do what’s right, fair and just. They tend to be impersonal and impartial, using logic, rationality, reason. Feeling types are more subjective and personal, their decisions depend on individual values and empathy, on making themselves and others feel good at work, at home, in the world.
Judger or Perceiver? (J or P)
What daily lifestyle do you prefer? A Judger likes an orderly, organized life with schedules, plans, things-to-do, lists, tasks to accomplish, specific goals. Perceiving types value spontaneity and flexible goals, adapting easily to new situations. They prefer keeping their options open in a changing environment, often till the last minute.
The 16 Personality Types
Now You Have the Secret “Four-Letter Code,” the Key that Unlocks the Door, Revealing the Path to a New Career, New Life!
Are you in sync with the real you? Or creating stress, undermining your destiny, your reason for being here this lifetime? Find out more: Check out the 16 personality types and read the description that fits your 4-letter code. For example, I’m an INFP, an ‘Idealist’ searching for meaning in life, looking for ways to make the world a better place for people.
So what’s your secret “Four-Letter Code?” Now use it and you can find details in your specific personality among the sixteen Myers-Briggs types. Let’s start with the general categories with links to all 16 types, including your personality type.
No shrinking violets here. You’re a bright, energetic trailblazer who loves mental challenges and working 24/7 trying to figure out how to improve procedures, systems, etc. Driven to make your dreams come true and change the world, your decisions are based on what’s best for everyone’s overall good-not any specific individual-and feelings are balanced with the bottom line. If there’s a group of people, you tend to be the head honcho.
Career paths: Leaders like you can be found across all kinds of fields. Top guns like you are likely to be happy as a corporate executive, bank or office manager, fundraiser, hospital administrator or sales manager.
You are the backbone of corporate America, more focused on the present than the past, but with an eye toward the future. An avid planner, you regularly invest in your 401(k)’s most conservative choices and your union’s pension fund, and probably contribute to a college tuition savings plan for the kids. Your preference is safety, security and order.
Career paths: You’re happiest in a large organizational environment where there’s a rigid structure with clear rules; it could also be a police force or the military. Any corporate positions fit you, as supervisors, managers, executives, technology experts, staff advisors, as well as a job as a police officer or in the armed services.
You’d prefer to work for yourself rather than an employer and love helping and pleasing others. You don’t mind bending a few rules or being an individual who works independently. Pressure, surprises and freedom make your days complete!
Career paths: Use your entrepreneurial spirit to start your own business, even if it’s only part-time. Brokerage firms might be a good place to start looking since you can work as much as you want, whenever you want. Got more time and savings to go along with it? Invest in your financial future by buying a franchise, like a Mrs. Fields or Taco Bell. Or consider some commission-based, be-your-own-boss options, such as real estate broker, writer, ad exec, travel agent, sales positions.
Your willingness to help those less fortunate and your compassion for people makes you an inspiration to all. You’re idealistic and passionate about work, life and other people’s potential. You were born to inspire, encourage and motivate. You have strong psychic instincts, are very intuitive and skilled at reading body language and picking up on others’ feelings.
Career paths: Social work, teaching, public relations, career and guidance counselors and human resource specialists are all careers that naturally build on a spirit of caring and compassion for people, a need for personal contact and a natural desire to create harmony and peace.
Want more: check out my Millionaire Code for details about the sixteen personality types. You’ll find yours. Definitely read Thomas Stanley’s Millionaire Mind and Marcus Buckingham’s books, beginning with The One Thing You Need to Know: “Figure out what you don’t like doing, then stop doing it.” Then dig into Buckingham’s books on Strengths Assessment, identify and focus on what you love doing.
Be patient. When it’s time, you will know what to do. For years in investment banking at Morgan Stanley I was taking workshops on writing, directing and acting at places like the Television Academy and Actors Studio, won a gold medal for a short-film. Then one day, suddenly, I knew it was time to go. Soon after left, became a newspaper editor, an executive at the Financial News Network, then a financial journalist. Best decision I ever made. Be patient, get prepared, you’ll know the right time, you just know.
Whatever you do, don’t give up your dream five minutes before the miracle. Remember what Stanley says in The Millionaire Mind: “If you love what you are doing, your productivity will be high and your specific form of creative genius will emerge.” A couple other must-reads: Bill Bridges, Transitions, and Marsha Sinetar’s Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow.
About the Author
Dr. Farrell is a Behavioral Economist. His books include The Millionaire Code; The Millionaire Meditation: Stress Management for Wall Street, Corporate America & Entrepreneurs; The Zen Millionaire; The Winning Portfolio; Expert Investing on The Net; Mutual Funds on The Net; and The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing.
He also published 1,643 columns on DowJones-MarketWatch and for years was their #1 traffic-generating columnist. Before the Internet, he edited & published FNX: Future News Index, a financial newsletter for stock market traders. Earlier he was a Wall Street investment banker with Morgan Stanley, Executive Vice President of the Financial News Network; and Associate Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
He has a Doctorate in Psychology, Juris Doctor, Masters in Regional Planning and Bachelor of Architecture. He worked on the Esalen organic farm and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as Staff Sergeant in aviation computer technology.