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Monday, March 07, 2005

Just for a laugh I tried out the Tickle IQ test again. Last time I scored around 126ish, if I remember correctly. That's with, what I thought to be, a focused mind. Today, after a long, and particularly demoralising day in work, I saw the tickle advert again. The clever thing about the tickle adverts is they present you with a puzzle. I can't step away from puzzles, its in my nature to dive in and solve them, especially if they are interesting (I'm the type of geek that's trying to implement WebDAV in PHP in his spare time!).

Scored much higher this time - 136. Looks like my main improvement is in language skills. Maths and patters have always been my strong point, my last statistical grouping was "Visual Mathematician".

Of course, with a short 30 question IQ test its not strictly accurate. I'm no genius, I just love challenges that make me think.

Interesting write-up and analysis:

Mike, your IQ score is 136

Your mind's strengths allow you to think ahead of the game -- to imagine or anticipate what should come next in just about any situation. Because you're equally skilled in the numerical and verbal universes of the brain, you can draw from multiple sources of information to come up with great ideas. The timelessness of your vision and the balance between your various skills are what make you a Visionary Philosopher.

In addition to your strengths in maths and linguistics, you have a knack for matching and anticipating patterns. These skills and your uncanny ability to detect the underlying blueprint of most of life's situations add to your Visionary Philosopher mind. Two philosophers who share the same combination of skills you possess are Plato and Benedict Spinoza.

You completed the test in 00:11:00. The current average time for completing this test is 13 minutes and 35 seconds.

The right job

Another tickle test - the right job / wrong job test. No surprises here:

Mike, the right job for you will allow you to be Analytical and Creative

As an Analytical type, you don't want to be limited by established rules and regulations. Your inquisitive nature demands that you sometimes question authority. Otherwise, you might not be able to find fresh approaches, or come up with new solutions to a problem. It's not that you act without weighing the pros and cons of a situation; it's more that you're more willing than others to take justifiable risks if they'll further your career success.

You're smart enough to know when you need help and are confident enough in your abilities to ask for it. You understand that sometimes there are no clear right and wrong answers, and that's just fine with you because you tolerate grey areas better than most. In fact, pondering potential outcomes can sometimes be more interesting than coming up with the definitive solution for you.

Your right job doesn't have to be about self-expression, but it needs to be a job you can be proud of.

One of my interesting characteristics is that I take my job very seriously. I'm passionate about what I do. I'm doing the job I love to do. I know I'm so lucky to have that. Being proud about what I do is a core part of getting my job done. I need to be challenged - and I'm justifiably proud to succeed.

The Career Personality Test

Mike, your career personality type is ISFP

That means that based on the standard measure of personality traits, you are well-balanced and place equal importance on work as on your personal life. You are dedicated to maintaining a level of culture in your life and therefore won't sacrifice interesting work for high pay.

With your high energy and chameleon-like adaptabilities, you seek work that is fast-paced and ever-changing. Working directly with people, especially in a capacity that benefits them, provides you with that outlet.

You prefer to live in the moment and appreciate what life and work offer now. The future is unpredictable and does not draw you in like the present. Part of your easy-going outlook towards the future has to do with knowing that you can adapt to whatever comes your way.

Not sacrificing interesting work for high pay is probably symptomatic in that I'm currently financially comfortable. I suppose that will change when I do finally settle down with that special someone.

One of my weaker points is that I'm not particulary worried where I will be five years from now. Its a question I try to ask myself, and without a direct answer. As long as I am doing something I enjoy - does it really matter? And the web is constantly evolving, its difficult to predict with any certaintly what it will look like then. Certainly the Web is a big part of my life, it seems positively bizarre to contemplate not being a part of it.

Which reminds me. One of the books I took back for my best friend was a book called "The Personality Compass" (along with John Gray's "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"). Must remember to get another copy for myself. I remember classifying myself as an East type personality with a stronger South influence than North.

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