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Friend: “Why do I have to take this test? It’s so dumb.”
Me: “Just do it. You know you want to.”
Friend: “NO! I refuse! I REFUSE! ”
Me: *Waits 24 hours. Cell phone pings*
Friend: “Okay fine. I took your stupid test. Here’s what I got…”
If you’re a horrible friend like me and love wasting other people’s time, you’ll get why I was so happy to get 568 Revolutionaries to fill out the quiz I wrote about last week .
At around 2,000 unique visitors that day, that’s a participation rate of 28%! Based on the “1% rule of internet culture” (1% of the people participate, 99% of people read), that’s 28X the norm!
Take that, people on the internet! Resistance is futile!
And since I’ve wasted enough of your time, let’s at least make it worthwhile by diving into your results:
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Total participants: 568
Most common types:
- INTJ (Architect) – 24.3%
- ISTJ (Logistician) – 17.6%
- INTP (Logician) – 9%
Most unique types:
- ISFP (Adventurer) – 1.23%
- ESFP (Entertainer) – 1.4%
- ESTP (Entrepreneur) – 1.58%
How You Interact:
Extroverts (E): 27.54%
Introverts (I): 72.46%
“Intellectuals” (NT traits) – 42.82%
- Plans for big picture and the future
- Takes calculated risks
- Willing to trade off present happiness for long-term gain
“Protectors” (SJ traits) – 33%
- Plans for emergencies and retirement
- Protectors of the “Stash”
- Willing to trade off some gains to mitigate risks
“Visionaries” (NF traits)- 17.03%
- More emotional than pragmatic
- Sees money as extension of themselves
- Spending habits revolve around emotions, compassion, and relationships.
“Creators” (SP traits) – 7.51%
- Work hard. Play Hard.
- Live in the moment
- Risk takers, entrepreneurial
So what can we conclude from all this?
Well, first of all, over 2/3 of Revolutionaries are Introverts (72%), double the amount of Extroverts (28%).
I guess that makes sense. Introverts like staying in and reading our lame-ass blog, whereas extroverts would rather go out, eat space cakes, and do jello shots off each other. (Not judging. We’ve all been there).
The most common type is INTJ (Architect). Not surprising since, within the FIRE bloggers, the 3 most common are INTJ, ENTJ, and ISTJ. What IS surprising is that INTJs make up only 2.1% of the general population!
Which makes sense. If you want to be exceptional, DON’T follow the herd.
The next 2 common types are ISTJ (17.6%) and INTP (9%), who fall under the “Protector” and “Intellectual” types.
Since we write about saving (Travel Hacking, Traveling the world for 40K/year) and investing (The Investment Workshop), I’m guessing the “Protectors” and “Intellectual” Revolutionaries are into it because, like us, they get a rush from budgets and projected future growth (*sexy growl*).
The 3 most unique Revolutionary types are ISFP (1.23%), ESFP (1.4%), ESTP (1.58%). Now, the downside of being a rare unicorn is that there are less people to relate to. BUT on the upside is that…you are a FUCKING UNICORN! YEAH BABY! There aren’t a lot of FIRE people like you, so now you can carve your own path and flip your sceptics off when you reach FIRE!
And now let’s move on to the categories.
When we split the Revolutionaries into 4 categories, Intellectuals, Protectors, Visionaries, and Creators, “Intellectuals” (NTs like Wanderer) made up the biggest slice at 42.82%. These are the people who, as kids, passed “The Marshmallow Test” with flying colours, and then hatched a diabolical plan to get a truckload of marshmallows because why the HELL not? This trait makes FIRE an ideal choice for Intellectuals. Why? Because it’s easy for them to justify trading off pain NOW, in order to be free FOREVER.
Next up are the “Protectors” (SJs like myself) at 33%. We are the weirdos who get off on optimizing budgets. Yup. That’s right. My Friday nights are spent fawning over my budgeting spreadsheets, printing them out, and then rolling around in a pile of them like a golden retriever. “Look at my spreadsheets, honey! Look at them! Look at them! Why aren’t you looking at them! WAHHHH! WAHHH!” Can you see why I don’t have a lot of friends?
And then we have the “Visionaries” (NFs) who make up 17.03% of the Revolutionaries. These are the kind and compassionate flower children who want to change the world. Spending extra money is okay as long as there’s a chance it’ll improve friendships and relationships. The upside is that once you become financial independent, you’ll have TONs of causes to work on and lots of time to make the world a better place. But pragmatic assholes will probably give you a run for your money (literally), since they are willing to trade up relationships for financial goals. So your path might end up being longer and more meandering, but that’s okay. The hordes of friends and family supporting you makes it all worth while.
And finally you have the “Creators” (SPs) who make up 7.51%. As people who live in the moment and love risk, you’ll likely have no problem cowboying it up with a portfolio with 90/10 allocation or even 100% equities! Which is fine for the accumulation phase, but could get shaky once you actually retire and need to rely on steady income. On the plus side, your work hard, play hard attitude will likely push you to build a side income (and probably also do A LOT of blow and hookers along the way). FUCK YEAH!
Now that you know more about your fellow Revolutionaries, what do you think of the results?
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