self improvement test for success

With my current work “situation” (sorry, you’ll get more details later, I’m sure), I’ve been doing a lot of re-examining and looking into different means of self improvement. We can all use some of that every once in a while, right?

I took this Test for Success to find out if I’m living in the top 2% of Americans, and I guess I can’t say I’m too surprised at the results. It ranks test-takers on discipline, passion, risk, optimism, and interpersonal skills. If you know me at all, I’m sure you can guess what exactly most of my results were. They’re below in italics.

Discipline: “According to your responses, it’s probably safe to say that you couldn’t be more out of balance if you planned it – which we both know you never would. You try your best to keep things together, but if just never seems to be enough. If only there were a solution! Think about how much better life would be if you could learn the secret to this art called discipline.” Discipline? What does that even mean?

Passion: “Although you are always enthusiastic about your goals, you also tend to be practical in your approach to accomplishing them. All passion can lead to disaster without the proper forethought.” I’m passionate, yet practical. I can agree with that.

Risk: “While you’re always up for a good adventure, you’ve learned to wisely temper the thrills with a bit of discretion. You’ve undoubtedly had a few failures that have made you less likely to “dive in without testing the water” first these days.” Oh, my, have I ever had a few of those incidents where it resembled diving into a 5-gallon bucket of water head first.

Optimism: “You’ve got a pretty good attitude about life, and while others view you as positive and approachable, you require time away from people. You prefer to surround yourself with quality rather than quantity.” I don’t think I could possibly describe my outlook in life any better than this.

Interpersonal Skills: “Face it, you’re just not an extrovert, and depending on your career track, that could be a problem. While you do enjoy a certain amount of interaction with people, you’re most comfortable in small groups or one-on-one.” Now, I don’t know how right this one might be. There was a question about public speaking, and my answer to that question was about the equivalent to a kick in the nuts, so that may have had some bearing on my final score in this category!

If an Internet quiz can gage my lack of self-discipline, I think that’s something I should probably get started on improving… and probably sooner, rather than later! For more info please visit

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