10 Inspirational People Who Are ISTP

What do Vladimir Putin and Snoop Dogg have in common (aside from the fact they both look amazing on a horse)?

If you guessed their personality type, congratulations! You are correct!

ISTPs are sometimes referred to as Craftsperson personalities because they typically have an innate mechanical ability and facility with tools.

What is the ISTP Personality Type?

ISTP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers.

It stands for Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving. ISTP indicates a person who is energized by time spent alone (Introverted), who focuses on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts (Sensing), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).

ISTPs are sometimes referred to as Craftsperson personalities because they typically have an innate mechanical ability and facility with tools.

The ISTP personality type is found in 5% of the general population – 9% of men (the ISTP personality type is the 3rd most common among this gender) and 2% of women (making ISTP the 4th rarest personality type among this gender).

The ISTP personality type is attributed to a number of famous faces, here are a few more you may not have been aware of…

1. Bruce Lee


Philosopher, actor, martial artist… the life of Bruce Lee was short but incredible.

Born on the 27th of November, 1940, Jun Fan Lee (which translates to Bruce in English) spent his adolescent working as a child actor in Hong Kong.

At the age of 13, Lee took up the art of wing chun kung fu under the tutelage of the renowned Master Yip Man.

When he turned 18, Lee left Hong Kong for Seattle, Washington

Seeking financial security, Lee began teaching wing chun. Finding success, Lee opened 3 schools in Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles.

At this stage in his life, Lee had no interest in reigniting his acting career. Fate however had other plans.

Lee developed his own philosophical base martial art technique called Jeet Kune Do (meaning the way of the intercepting the fist). And, whilst demonstrating this technique, Lee was discovered and cast in the role of Kato in the show The Green Hornet in 1966.

The show only lasted 1 season and was cancelled in 1967. Unable to find work in Hollywood due to racism, Lee moved back to Hong Kong and quickly began releasing iconic martial arts films that broke box office records.

Hollywood took notice and the very first Hong Kong / Hollywood co-production began on Lee’s Magnum Opus, Enter The Dragon.

In a tragic turn of events, Lee would die before the film was publicly released – suffering brain swelling after an allergic reaction to a painkiller. He was 32 years old.

2. The Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama, Lhamo Thondup, is the recognised spiritual leader of Tibet… It doesn’t get much more influential than that.

Born on the 6th of July, 1935, his Holiness gained the title of Dalai Lama at the tender age of 15.

The Dalai Lama earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts and accomplishments.

He entered into semi-retirement in 2008 after gallstone surgery.

3. Miles Davis


Jazz legend and composer Miles Davis received a life-changing present from his father on his 13th birthday… His first trumpet.

His talents blossomed whilst attending the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York and his recording career soon followed.

Davis began gaining recognition in 1949 due to his frequent collaborations and refined playing style. This led to what is commonly referred to as the birth of “cool jazz”.

The quintessential Davis album came in the form of his 1959 release A Kind of Blue – a piece of work that has come to be known as one of the greatest jazz compositions of all time.

Before his death in 1991 at the age of 65, Davis received a total of 9 Grammy awards and 32 nominations. Today he is now known as one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.

4. Woody Allen

A controversial pick – however, controversy does not negate influence. With that in mind, next up we have Woody Allen.

On the 1st of December, 1935, Woody Allen was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York.

His first foray into writing came at the age of 15 when he was employed by a local newspaper to write jokes. For his efforts he was paid $200 per week.

Allen began writing his own jokes and performing stand-up… which evolved into writing screenplays…. which evolved into worldwide cinematic success (his most successful films being 1977’s Annie Hall and 1979’s Manhattan).

Throughout his 50-year career, Allen has won a total of 4 Oscars. Unsurprising, Allen holds the record for the most Oscar nominations in the screenwriting category with 16 nominations.

However, Allen’s personal life has arguably overshadowed his professional accomplishments. Allen famously left his wife Mia Farrow for her adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn in 1992.

5. Amelia Earhart


The world changed for Amelia Earhart on the 20th of December, 1920, in Long Beach, California. On that day, Earhart took a shot 10-minute flight.

Earhart later said about that experience,

By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly.

6 months later, Earhart began flying lessons.

The same year, Earhart purchased her first plane – a bright yellow biplane she affectionately named The Canary.

She set her first world record in The Canary – the highest altitude achieved by a female piolet (14,000 feet).

Earhart’s crowning achievement came in 1932. 5 years earlier, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Earhart intended to be the first woman to make the voyage solo. She succeeded.

On the 1st of June, 1937, Earhart and her navigator set off from California. During their flight, she disappeared. Search efforts were launched but her plane was never found.

Theories regarding her disappearance are still discussed today.

6. Eazy-E

Eazy-E is the grandfather of gangster rap… Now that’s quite a legacy.

Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was born on the 7th of September 1964, in Compton, California – one of the most dangerous areas in the country.

Eazy-E dropped out of school and began dealing drugs to support himself. With his profits, he established the recording label Ruthless Records.

Musicians including Ice Cube and Dr Dre were signed to the label and the historic group known as N.W.A was formed.

The group’s debut, N.W.A and the Posse was released in 1987. The following year, the group released its historic album Straight Outta Compton.

The group dispended in a scandalous fashion in the subsequent years.

In 1995, Eazy-E checked himself into hospital due to suspected complications stemming from asthma. The actual diagnosis was AIDS. He died a few weeks later on the 26th of March, 1995.

7. Ernest Hemingway


Born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1899, Hemingway began writing for a Kansas newspaper at the age of 17.

Upon the outbreak of the first world war, Hemingway was enlisted in the army. He was injured and returned to America a hero. Upon his return, he continued his career in journalism.

During Hemingway’s reporting on the Spanish Civil War, he gathered materials for what is perhaps his most famous literary work For Whom the Bell Tolls (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize).

He eventually won the Pulitzer for his 1953 novel The Old Man and the Sea. The following year, he won the Nobel Prize.

8. Venus Williams

Venus Williams and her older sister Serena redefined the sport of tennis. And, although Serena is statistically the better player, the success of Venus cannot be understated.

Her list of accomplishments is awe-worthy,

[Venus is] the first African American to rank herself at the World No 1 position. [She has] seven Grand Slam titles, four Olympic Gold medals, thirteen women’s doubles, and two mixed doubles titles.

Venus has also been ranked among the 30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future by Times Magazine.

Hemingway passed in 1961. He took his own life at the age of 61.

9. James Dean


Born in Indiana on the 8th of February, 1931, Dean began his career on stage before transitioning to the screen.

Fascinatingly, Dean only appeared in 3 movies.

His first film, East of Eden, was released in 1955. He was nominated for a posthumous Oscar for his role. He was the first actor to be nominated posthumously – a common practice in today’s age.

His second film, Rebel Without a Cause, solidified Dean’s place in popular culture as the quintessential rebellious teenager.

His third and final film, Giant, was released the following year in 1956. He died before production on the picture wrapped. For this film, he was nominated for his second posthumous Oscar.

10. Michael Jordan

Known by some as the greatest basketball player of all time, known to others as the star of a beloved childhood movie, the name Michael Jordan is synonymous with influence and success.

Jordan is the most decorated player the NBA has ever seen.

Jordan lead his team, the Chicago Bulls, to 6 NBA championships and won the most valuable player award 5 times.

And, much like his fellow athletic ISTP counterpart Venus Williams, Michael Jordan has competed in the Olympics, winning 2 gold medals (the first in 1984, the second in 1992).

Michael Jordan also had a baseball career, but the less said about that, the better.

So, are you like Mike? Are you an ISTP?