“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
Bruce Lee (Actor)
“If my mind’s not trying to fix something or create something, I don’t know what to do. It just throws me off.”
Will.I.Am (American Musician)
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
Alexander Graham Bell (Scottish Inventor)
I wanted to go to medical school when I was in college.
So I signed up for one of those $2,000 Kaplan training courses to help me prepare for one of the medical school exams.
Once I registered, I was given 12 giant books.
I was also assigned to a class that met for 3 hours at a time, 3 times a week, for 3 months.
It was excruciating.
But I went.
I went because I wanted to be seen studying with all the other pre-med kids.
Even though I knew that I learned best studying by myself, I jumped on the group class bandwagon.
The classes were a complete waste of time.
Everybody else was just there to be seen too.
And to be heard asking the “smartest” questions they could think of.
It was a circus of type A personality types, all begging for attention.
I scored in the 60th percentile on the test that semester.
A few months later, I bought a single training book, studied by myself, and then scored in the 91st percentile.
Why did I wait so long (and waste $2,000) to do what I already knew was best?
Why Type A Personalities Are Born Leaders
Personality “types” first appeared in research in the 1950s when cardiologists attempted to link certain personality types with the risk of heart disease.
Beginning with Type A, and identifying traits for classifications of Types A, B, C, & D, helped clinicians forecast and then prevent disease and/or death.
Texas Heart Institute Journal describes Type A personalities as more extroverted, motivated, impatient, competitive, and aggressive — whereas their Type B counterparts are more relaxed and easy-going in their disposition.
Each personality type has traits beneficial to health and well-being, as well as for productivity.
Traditional Type A personalities tend to be leaders: they are successful because they are ambitious, focused, and determined.
But they are not without their drawbacks, as noted by the Journal of Applied Psychology, including issues with managing workload and stress management.
Type A’s like clarity and control.
They also like competition.
But they hate ambiguity, especially when it comes to their work.
Type B people, on the other hand, are less competitive and more reflective.
They usually don’t mind losing and can be quick to back down from a challenge.
Both personality types have their downfalls.
Type-A’s can be hostile and Type-B’s can be lazy.
Regardless of what personality type you have, you must leverage your strengths and avoid pitfalls that are common to your type.
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3 Pitfalls Type A Personality Types Must Avoid
Self-awareness should never be sacrificed to ambition.
Self-discovery and self-identification are essential for success in every part of your life.
Without them, you will have blind spots to your own weaknesses, and to your own strengths.
You won’t know what you want because you won’t know who you are.
If you have Type A characteristics, don’t avoid who you are.
Leverage your strengths.
At the same time, avoid the traits that are common to your personality type.
For Type A’s, this means learning how to say no, not needing to be seen, and avoiding drama even when you feel like hulk-smashing someone’s erroneous viewpoint into oblivion.
Here are 3 common traits Type A personality types should avoid…
1. Always saying yes (learn how to say no instead).
Type A people love to say yes.
If you’re Type A, this makes you feel so good.
Can you help me with this? Yes!
Are you up for the challenge? Yes!
Are you going to be a team player and pitch in? Yes!
These people have a “yes” stamp, yes, yes, yes.
Type A people want to do everything for everyone.
They want to be a part of everything.
They want to do everything.
They have a hundred great ideas a day and start 10 of them before noon.
By the end of every week, they’re juggling 50 projects that won’t bring them any closer to their biggest goals.
What a waste.
If you’re a high-energy, Type A person, you need to resist the temptation to keep starting new projects.
Instead, learn to follow through on what you’re doing.
Use your high energy and intensity to finish what you’ve started so you’re actually making progress to your goals.
Realize that success, by definition, requires succeeding — it requires finishing something.
You have to hit a result.
Starting is not a result.
Achieving an outcome is a result.
The only way to achieve big results in life is to learn how to say no.
…no to new projects.
…no to inefficient time-wasting tasks.
…no to unmotivated people.
Learn to say no to anything that doesn’t align with your goals and make you more productive, more focused, and more successful.
2. Always needing to be seen (learn to be okay with missing out).
Look at me!
(Says the Type A person’s brain, all day long.)
The second problem Type A people have is chasing recognition over passion.
Look, Type A people are driven to have an impact.
They want their lives and their work to matter.
This is what gets them up in the morning.
This is a good thing… a very good thing.
The problem is that many Type A people confuse having an impact with getting noticed.
They think that being recognized for their work is the only way their work can be great.
This kind of mindset will kill any progress you’ve made towards success.
Once you start relying on others to make you feel good about yourself or your work, you’re in trouble.
Over time, you’ll become completely dependent on external validation and encouragement.
Your success will become conditional on always having the right circumstances and the right people around you.
You’ll stop being able to make things happen on your own.
You’ll stop believing in yourself.
And… you’ll become unreliable to others.
As a Type A person, one of your biggest strengths is self-reliance.
Don’t lose it.
Don’t let it atrophy.
Greatness doesn’t require acknowledgment.
Greatness, without acknowledgement, is still great.
So stop seeking approval and recognition.
It’s just a distraction.
Instead, chase your passion.
The things you’re truly passionate about are tied to your identity, which is a much stronger driving force than someone patting you on the head and telling you, “good job.”
3. Always jumping into drama (realize it’s not your job to fix everything).
Type A people love to take charge of situations, especially negative situations, and make them better.
This makes them feel important.
It makes them feel needed.
Needed and hopefully recognized for it.
The problem is that taking charge of casual interactions or meaningless drama can be a huge time-waster.
It can be a huge energy-waster too.
If you’re not careful, drama will steal energy away from your more important pursuits.
Look — you aren’t required to weigh in on every situation that comes your way.
Not everyone needs to be fixed.
Even if they do need to be fixed, it’s not your job to do it.
Stop being everyone’s personal crutch.
Stop holding everyone’s hand.
Start letting other people untangle their own lives.
Focus on yourself and focus on controlling things that actually matter.
Take charge of yourself and your goals.
Protect your time and energy as the important assets that they are and distance yourself from negative people who constantly try to pull you into their drama.
Be deliberate with what you give your time and energy to.
Type A personality types are often high-achieving, successful leaders. But, if you’re a Type A, you likely also face distracting pitfalls that can keep you from your goals and zap you of valuable time and energy. The only way to overcome these pitfalls is to leverage your Type A strengths in new ways. Use the strengths of your Type A personality to stay focused on what really matters and to achieve the success that a leader like you deserves.
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