Over the last few months, I’ve been familiarized with the Enneagram. Not my choice, I must tell you. I’m not a big fan of personality tests. They typically feel a little reductive to me. I’m told it’s part of being a “millennial.” Who knows? But that’s beside the point. Our entire team at work was taking the Enneagram and meeting with someone to identify what “number” we are, so I went along with the plan because I like to be a team player. If something’s important to your boss, make it important to you, right?
So anyway, I took the test and met with the consultant. I was told that I am a 3 after all that. So I naturally went and did some research. What I learned is that 3’s are called “The Achiever.” So the research was off to a great start as I learned all of the benefits to being a 3. I read some of the negatives to being a 3 and thought, “That’s alright. Can’t be perfect!” But then I started to get into the root of what the Enneagram is all about. Apparently, the Enneagram is centered around what your “core fear” is that drives you. What are you scared of that makes you do the things you do? What are you so afraid of that you’ll do anything to not have that fear come true?
My natural next step is to find out the 3’s core fear: being worthless. Ouch.
Maybe that doesn’t hit you like it hit me. That probably means you aren’t a 3. But when I read that, I felt like I got punched in the gut. In that moment, I realized why I was a 3. Because being worthless is one-hundred-million percent my greatest fear. All of this affirmed by my wife who a day later read the “3” description and said, “Oh my gosh. This is exactly you.” Thanks.
But I think that’s part of what drives my 1,000-Hour Pro journey. I don’t want to be worthless. I don’t want to live a life that doesn’t make a mark. The age old saying, “You only have one life,” hits home for me, so I drive hard toward learning everything I can in this one time through life. I latch on to opportunities to try new things because they might not present themselves again.
I don’t think my mark will be a Nobel Prize in physics or a great innovation in one area. I’d like to think that part of my mark will be inspiring some people to take the 1,000-Hour Pro journey. I want to encourage people that just because you don’t know what your niche is doesn’t mean you aren’t valuable. It means you’re more valuable. You can “do it all,” and you can make your team stronger and the world better by doing so.
I don’t think this is the only reason to take the 1,000-Hour Pro journey, though. So as we build a community of 1,000-Hour Pros, I’d love to hear what drives you. What makes you want to be a 1,000-Hour Pro?