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Narratives of Type: Responders (ESTPs and ESFPs)

Narratives of Type: Responders (ESTPs and ESFPs)

By Donna Dunning

Stories are as old as mankind but it seems we never get tired of hearing them. I’m always interested in hearing or reading authentic stories about people, their personality preferences, their careers, their strengths, and their challenges. From talking with people, writing books and facilitating courses I’ve learned that stories can communicate ideas that are otherwise difficult to explain.

It’s relatively easy to find descriptions of the 16 personality types, but more difficult to find websites that share the voices of people with different preferences. In this series of posts, I offer a few quotes from people who share specific personality types.

People who have preferences for ESTP or ESFP personality type share a common core process of Extraverted Sensing, sometimes referred to as Se; an active, practical approach. I call them Responders and use the words Act and Adapt to describe their characteristic approach.

Some quotes have been taken from interviews used in my book, What’s Your Type of Career?. Others are segments of stories shared by readers on my website.

I keep editing to a minimum when I post the stories that people share to retain the authentic voice of the Responder, but I have shortened these quotes to include variety and brevity in this blog.

A person who prefers ESFP – on avoiding distractions

“My cell phone was a personal and work number, so even if I left the house, it would not stop ringing, all day, all night! Both situations lead to increased stress levels and feeling burnt out and defeated all the time… I knew I needed to change something! I started with re-organizing my workspace. Although it was organized before, I needed to adjust it so that nothing was visible. All of my files were moved inside of file drawers rather than on open racks and office supplies were tucked away.”

A log-home builder who prefers ESTP – his approach.

It is very satisfying to see the house take shape and each project has its own problems to solve. To me, that’s part of the fun, figuring how to maneuver around the problem to get the job done.”

From a woman who prefers ESFP – describing the active, flexible, personal side of work.

Though it started as nothing more than data entry, my job quickly turned into much more than that. I have a degree in English and people started taking advantage of my editing skills (something I enjoy doing!). I loved getting to work that closely with other people. Then, even the data entry side turned into something more enjoyable: I got to begin working on a brand new website! New! How fun is that? Soon enough, I was part of a small group of people who were working in constant collaboration to figure out what was best for the new site. The site, I might mention, is a new online retail store dedicated to a topic that I am VERY passionate about in my “out of work” life. As part of our PR, we are working on Facebook, Twitter, and I’m even writing a blog! I absolutely love the flexibility my job offers and I love how much collaboration there is every day.”

An ESTP – describing his career path

If I didn’t like a job, I simply quit and immediately found another one. It never occurred to me to stop and analyze why I didn’t like the first one and why I chose the second one. I moved from opportunity to opportunity in a practical way, learning from each job along the way.”

Sharing our stories helps us to understand each other and ourselves. If you have preferences for ESTP or ESFP please consider sharing your career story with my readers.

For the complete version of these success stories, look at the Responder Career Success Stories and Strategies page.

If you would like more information, this site also describes preferences of Responders at Work as well as a list of Occupations that Attract Responders.

You can also search your four-letter type code or one of the names (ex. Responder, Enhancer) to find more information relevant to your preferences. See the Introduction to the 8 Ways of Working to familiarize yourself with the personality type names I use.

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