Sunday, July 12, 2009

King of Eight

I sent the above video to one of my co-workers the other week as I was trying to explain some stuff to him. He is a good amount younger than me and we have some highly similar personality traits.

We both have a professional and personal approach that seeks to "define the moment" rather than "be defined by circumstance". This amongst many other aspects puts us in the category of "Eights" as defined by the Enneagram of Personality.

In talking with my comrade about the characteristics of the eight, he basically referred to personality typing as "new-age" and followed up with some disparaging profanity (very typical thing for an eight to say).

As we talked more, about the original subject and beyond, he has lowered his guard a little bit and sought out more career and professional advice from me and another of my network.

I've been very happy about this for a couple of reasons:

  1. I get a lot of self actualization out of being helpful in a meaningful way to other people

  2. I like watching other people move out of self-imposed mental constraints to break-through to a new way of seeing

  3. I'm very happy that my professional relationship has turned a corner in a way that enables us to be personally more in-tune with each other

My dad had an aphorism that he used to quote:

He who knows not what he knows and knows not what he knows not is a fool; avoid him.
He who knows what he knows and knows not what he knows not is a student; teach him.
He who knows what he knows and knows what he knows not is a wise man; follow him.

In later years I tacked a corollary on it:

He who knows that he is at times a wise man, at times a student and at times a fool is amongst the wisest of all men

I love teaching, and I love learning. I'm very happy to be an eight and at the same time, I strive to be humble enough to know how god laughs at the plans of mice and men (as the king of eight finds out at the end of the video).

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That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!


Kari said...

Totally loved this blog. I like the "define the moment" mentality!

I've never heard of the enneagram of personality until now. I had to google it and find that I am a 2 & 6 equally. Very interesting!

I love learning new things! See ya in September!

JC said...

Very interesting! So when I find my place on the enneagram of personality, do I strive to embrace it, or change it?