Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 44%
Lifer: 41%
Mandarin: 44%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

I don't really understand this quiz, especially since it all adds up to 129%. But it does reinforce the fact that I consider myself very centrist.

1 comment:

  1. From a 1999 review of Lemann's book: "The effort to remake the country's elite largely succeeded. But there were a host of unintended consequences. First, contrary to Conant's wishes, the new test-savvy elite wasn't much interested in public service. Instead, the author says, such a "Mandarin" typically became a "well-paid, securely positioned provider of expert advice: corporate lawyer, investment banker, management consultant, high-end specialized doctor." As a result, most people saw the testing and sorting, followed by elite-college admission or refusal, not as a way of improving society through scientific management of its intellectual resources. Rather, they felt it was merely "a way of determining how big a share of America's goodies they'd get."' In response, there soon arose a test-preparation industry, pioneered by Stanley Kaplan, a lower-middle-class striver who is the subject of another fascinating Lemann profile." I scored "Mandarin" too--wonder if most librarians do. Except for the well-paid part, it does sort of describe us.