Thursday, October 05, 2006

Independent streak? You might be an S

This one is near and dear to my heart. For those who know me, you'll recognize many of the traits I exhibit.

Interestingly enough, my husband is also an S and many of the people we know are Ss (more on this later). As you will read in this post, there are many positive aspects of an S, as well as many things both of us are well aware that we need to mitigate in order to be successful on the right side ... or the freedom side ... of the quadrant.

If you’re an S (self-employed professional)
You’re a “do-it-yourselfer.” Often, when it comes to the subject of money, a hard core S does not like to have his or her income dependent on other people. In other words, if Ss work hard, they expect to get paid for their work. Those who are Ss do not like having the amount of money they earn dictated by someone else, or by a group of people who might not work as hard as they do.

If they work hard, they expect to be paid well. They also understand that if they do not work hard, then they don’t deserve to be paid much. When it comes to money, they have fiercely independent souls.

An S responds to fear differently than an E. An S doesn’t respond to fear by seeking security, but by taking control of the situation and doing it on his or her own. When it comes to fear and financial risk, he or she wants to “take the bull by the horns.”

Also in the S group are people who took educational paths other than, or in addition to, traditional schooling. In this group are direct-commission salespeople—real estate agents, for instance—as well as small-business owners such as retail shopkeepers, cleaners, restaurateurs, consultants, therapists, travel agents, car mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, preachers, electricians, hair stylists, and artists.

For this group, money is not the most important thing about their work. Their independence, the freedom to do things their way, and to be respected as experts in their fields, are much more important than mere money. They have a hard time hiring other people to do what they do simply because, in their mind, nobody else is up to the task. This causes this group to often say, “It’s hard to find good help these days.”

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