I’ve noticed over the past year the computer book section at just about every Barnes & Noble book store, is getting smaller and smaller. The once thriving programming language section is a mere 3 book cases when a few years ago it was an entire row of 10. Now there’s an entire shelf on digital cameras another on PhotoShop something, and just a little of everything else. Ruby consist of one-third of a shelf, Java one and a half shelves.
Why aren’t people programming? Are they buying everything on-line? No, when you look at the Amazon rank of programming books, the top one is Objective-C at 1,125, the 2nd book, CSS Missing Manual, is 2,187.
Something strange is going on, I don’t know what…
A few weeks ago I revisited the Myers Briggs personality test. Why? I am not sure, but this was something I remember taking a long time ago to find out why I think a certain way, and how I interact with others. I took three test, on one I came out as an INTP and on two others I came out as an INTJ. I’ve come to realize that this personality type only accounts for 2-3% of the population.
It dawned on me after re-reading some fantastic books about business (4 Hour Work Week, Crush It, Meatball Sunday, etc.) that these books are geared for a certain personality archetype. They are geared for people that think in certain ways, and it’s indicative as to why certain types are more successful at strategies outlined in these books than others.
I then had this moment of enlightenment when I realized why some of the things I’ve read and tried to do, just flopped or drained me completely of energy, it’s because they were trying to get me to see and interact with the world in a way that was not natural for me (my personality).
Some books try to make Extroverts out of Introverts… Others try to tell you to see the world differently or counter to your intuitive or judging/perceiving mindset. It’s not the books fault, I mean, hey it works for them and their personality, why can’t it work for everyone? Well it can’t because we all see the world and interact with it differently.
Some Interesting Numbers: Introverts/Extroverts are rather evenly split. But people that rely on their senses outnumber people trusting their intuition 74% to 26%, and feelers outnumber thinkers by a 60% to 40% margin.
What does this mean? I don’t really know, but I think it’s an interesting observation.
I don’t consider myself a hermit, I like being around people, just not all the time. But I especially like to go into my cave (basement/garage/home office) and work on a project and don’t like to be disturbed until I am either done with my project or I’ve achieved a significant milestone.
Entrepreneurship is about meeting with people, connecting, solving problems by communicating, this is where my energy starts to wane. It’s not a dislike for these kinds of events, I actually enjoy meeting people and talking about stuff, but it saps huge amounts of energy from me.
I am currently at a cross roads in my career as a self-employed consultant/entrepreneur and need to decide how best to combine my cave time with the right amount of extroverted social skills needed to have a successful business.