Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
ESTP personality types always have an impact on their immediate surroundings – the best way to spot them at a crowded party is to look for the whirling eddy of people flitting about them as they move from group to group. Laughing and entertaining with an expressive and often blunt and earthy humor, ESTPs love to have a good time and be the center of attention. If an audience member is asked to come on stage at a show, it’ll be ESTPs volunteering – or at least volunteering a shy friend.
ESTPs keep their conversation full and energetic, with a good dose of intelligence to round things out. Conversations about theory and abstract concepts, broader global issues and their implications and long-term planning are unlikely to keep ESTPs interested for long. Rather, they’d like to talk about what is – or better yet, to just go out and do it. ESTPs leap before they look, fixing their mistakes as they go, rather than sitting around, preparing detailed contingencies and escape clauses.
Of all the personality types, ESTPs are the most likely to make a lifestyle of risky behavior, living in the moment, diving into the action, and not just heading straight for the eye of the storm, but being it. ESTPs enjoy drama, passion, and pleasure – not for the emotional thrill, but because it is so incredibly stimulating to their logical minds. In these situations, they are forced to make critical decisions based on factual, immediate reality – a process of rapid-fire rational stimulus response – and ESTPs will actively seek out this environment.
This attitude can make school, and other highly organized, rule-based environments, a challenge for ESTPs. This certainly isn’t because they aren’t smart, and it isn’t to say that they won’t do well, but the regimented, lecture-based approach of formal education is so far from the hands-on style of learning that ESTPs enjoy that they are likely to just get distracted and miss the details. Given enough maturity, ESTPs will see this process as a necessary means to an end, something that opens up more exciting opportunities, and stick it out.
Adding more challenge to the school and work environments is the fact that to ESTPs, it makes more sense to be guided by their own moral compass and principles than someone else’s – a sentiment few high school instructors or corporate supervisors are likely to share. If they can stay out of trouble, harness their energy, and focus through the boring stuff, ESTPs will come out of academia and into the professional world a force to be reckoned with. ESTPs will likely excel in any field that requires some combination of intelligence, crisis-response, and social engagement – emergency medicine, negotiations and sales, entrepreneurship, even acting. The sky is the limit.
These prospects are helped by the fact that ESTPs have a unique skill in noticing small changes in their environment. Be it a shift in facial expression, a new clothing style or different behavior, ESTPs are able to pick up on thoughts and motives where most types would be lucky to pick up anything more than a shift in mood or a factual discrepancy. ESTPs are likely to use these observations immediately, calling out the change and asking questions, often with little regard to the sensitivity of the person they’re interrogating – they should remember that not everyone wants the secrets behind their decisions broadcast.
Sometimes ESTPs’ ability to quickly read a situation or person and then seize an opportunity is just the basics of what is expected, as in some of the more assertive corporate environments. But if they aren’t careful, ESTPs can find themselves getting too caught up in the moment and taking things too far, either running roughshod over more sensitive people, or forgetting to take care of their own health and safety. Making up only four percent of the population, there are just enough ESTPs out there to keep things spicy and competitive, and not so many as to cause a systemic risk.
ESTPs are full of passion and energy, complimented by a rational, if sometimes distracted, mind. Inspiring, convincing and colorful, they are natural group leaders, pulling everyone along the path less traveled, bringing life and excitement everywhere they go. Putting these qualities to a constructive and rewarding end is ESTPs’ true challenge.