March 4, 2009

Life can seem like quite the saga, one which William Shakespeare summarized brilliantly in “As you like it”

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” — Jaques (Act II, Scene VII, lines 139-166)

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Perhaps this can frame all that will follow.

According to the “Classic Temperament Report,” a personality assessment tool from the AdvisorTeam (www.advisorteam.com), I am………

An IDEALIST-CHAMPION!?!

In a world filled with unique individuals, when it comes to personality there are only four different temperaments and 16 types of people. Understanding these personality types and mastering your own can be the keys to achieving your goals.

Your temperament is the Idealist (NF). Idealists are rare, making up no more than 20 to 25 percent of the population. Yet their ability to inspire people with their enthusiasm and idealism has given them influence far beyond their numbers. Your particular personality type, the Champion (ENFP), is even scarcer. Individuals of your type make up only 10-11 percent of the total population.

ON BEING AN IDEALIST

There are four types of Idealists (NFs): Healers, Counselors, Champions, and Teachers. These four personality types share several core characteristics. Firstly, Idealists are seekers focused on both personal journeys and human potentials.

ON BEING A CHAMPION

Champions (ENFPs) like you often see life as an exciting drama filled with possibilities. As a result, you usually like to remain in the mix rather than risk letting meaningful events or fascinating people pass you by.

AND THE FUTURE?

Intense, passionate, satisfying and of my own design!

What will grow?

What will grow?