What It Means to be a Growth Seeker

Samir Jaber
5 min readMay 4, 2022

Based on the self-assessment test PrinciplesYou by Ray Dalio and Adam Grant, my main archetype is Growth Seeker. And I’d like to tell you a little bit about it.

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What is an archetype, and where does this designation come from?

One thing I like to explore every now and then is personality tests. Although they are no exact science, I enjoy the insights they provide when it comes to defining certain aspects of one’s personality.

And they’re quite fun, to be honest.

I have experimented with several personality tests over the past couple of years, especially the ones based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). While the results of all those tests had some similar insights about my personality, the most recent one I tried was PrinciplesYou.

…and I was hooked.

PrinciplesYou is a self-assessment test created by psychology professor and author Adam Grant together with the renowned investor and entrepreneur Ray Dalio.

After Dalio became interested in self-assessment to find ways to improve his employees’ skills, he claimed to be dissatisfied with the existing tools. So, he set out to create a new all-inclusive assessment that was “going to be able to bring it together, and just give the total picture of the person.”

That’s when he approached Grant and two renowned psychologists, Brian Little and John Golden.

And PrinciplesYou was born.

PrinciplesYou recognises 28 different archetypes that represent particular personalities based on a wide range of traits identified via a person’s answers to a long list of questions. Those archetypes are then grouped into 10 categories for a higher level of thematic classification.

An archetype is a typical example of what a person is like, and it is defined based on descriptions of the person’s behaviour, psychology, and way of thinking.

Based on my answers, my main archetype turned out to be “Growth Seeker”, which lies under the thematic category “Seekers”.

So, what is a growth seeker and how accurate is this for me?



Samir Jaber

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