A lifestyle business isn’t just for jetsetters. It’s also for people who want to be free from crippling student debt and chronic underemployment. More importantly, a lifestyle business deals with the fourth dimension of Personality Type: how you prefer to live and work. Best of all, a lifestyle business allows you to live your life the way you want.
If you got the lifestyle business you want, what would you have?
Would you have greater control or greater flexibility in life? According to Myers Briggs Type Inventory, each of the sixteen personality types wants one or the other.
People who prefer Judging tend to like a planned and organized approach to life. They like to make decisions and have issues resolved. That’s because Judgers want to control life.
People who prefer Perceiving tend to like a flexible and spontaneous approach to life. They like to stay open to all kinds of possibilities. That’s because Perceivers want to understand life and not control it.
Attitudes Towards Work and Play
Judgers don’t feel comfortable ‘playing’ while there’s work to do. They need to reschedule work before they can play. That’s because they value play as a reward for finished work.
Unlike Judgers, Perceivers can play at any time without the outstanding work stealing their joy. Perceivers are happy to ‘play’ at work. They believe life is too short not to play.
Attitudes Towards Change
Judgers like to know what they are getting into. They aren’t very adaptable, and they tend not to like surprises. That’s because they like to control and they like to have things settled. Simply put, they prefer things stay the same as much as possible.
Unlike Judgers, Perceivers enjoy adapting to new and changing situations. They like to go with the flow and leave things open-ended when they can. In fact, Perceivers tend to delay making decisions and suspend judgment as long as possible. Perceivers enjoy the unexpected in almost all areas of their lives.
Judgers like routine, organization, systems, and structure. Click To TweetUncomfortable with rapid change, Judgers want a work environment that remains constant. As leaders, they tend to play it safe.
Unlike Judgers, Perceivers love change and live for adventure. They are fun-loving freethinkers. Perceivers seek out new experiences and don't shy away from risk. Click To Tweet They excel in creative environments that allow them to innovate. Perceivers are energetic leaders who enjoy taking on new assignments.
How do you like to live and work?
If you like your life planned, stable and organized, you’re a Judger. An ideal lifestyle business for a Judger might offer a high level of steady income.
However, if you like to go with the flow and respond to life as it happens, you’re a Perceiver. An ideal lifestyle business for a Perceiver might include flexible deadlines and afternoon volleyball breaks.
The truth is, it’s good to balance Judging and Perceiving in daily life. Without balance, Judgers risk becoming rigid while Perceivers risk procrastinating life away. Click To Tweet A lifestyle business can offer freedom from student debt and flexibility to match how you like to live and work.
Do you prefer a structured or a spontaneous approach to life?
Not sure. I can help. Contact me to take your MBTI assessment online and discover how you like to live and work. You’ll learn what you might like to do; where you might like to work; and how you might like to work and learn.
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