“If you are doing anything that feels like hard work, you are already doing the wrong thing.”
I may have mentioned before that I’m not keen on labels. As a “Scanner” / polymath / multipotentialite / “Renaissance Soul” / multiple specialist AND an Introvert (all labels, of course), I’m afraid of being typecast – of being put in a pigeon-hole.
Sometimes, though, by shunning labels, I have caused myself problems which could have been avoided.
After all, I tell myself now, a label is simply a way of communicating how you work, or what you do.
A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of Wealth Dynamics, a personality profiling tool created by Roger Hamilton. It’s based on Myers-Briggs and the I-Ching, and it suggests how you can be most successful at creating wealth in your business.
Going Against The Flow
When I did the test, I came out as a “Supporter”. My instant reaction was: “I don’t want to be a Supporter – I’ve been a Supporter all my life. I want to be a Star or a Creator!”
I told myself that personality questionnaires are not infallible – that there hadn’t been enough questions to arrive at a conclusion – and that I had been answering the questions with my “corporate IT” hat on. I simply hadn’t adapted my answers to reflect my new reality as a solo-entrepreneur.
That’s what I thought. And I stuck to that belief for 6 years, during which time my business failed to flourish. Admittedly, during that time I was also diagnosed with breast cancer, which does tend to put a slight dent in your plans. But, nonethless, it has to be said that my business could have been better.
Friends couldn’t understand why I wasn’t more successful – I was multi-talented, and I kept trying new things. Several of my friends even said how much they admired me for being so entrepreneurial. And, in fairness, I learned a lot of useful stuff, during those 6 years, that I’m now able to use to help my clients.
But it was a stressful time – and I realise, now, that all of that stress could have been avoided, if I had only accepted the label of “Supporter”. After all, as I said, I’ve been a Supporter all my life! I’m a very good second-in-command – I was even a Seconder in the Brownies! – and I’m great at “oiling the wheels” and keeping relationships going, to ensure the success of a project.
Wealth Dynamics – Getting Into Flow
This year, my business has taken off – and the difference is that I’ve started acting like a Supporter. I’ve aligned myself with clients who have created coaching and training programmes that they want to publish on-line – and who need help with the technical implementation of those programmes.
What I’ve come to realise is that I don’t have to ONLY be a Supporter – that’s just that my main route for generating income. In my spare time, I can be a Creator and a Star – but that’s probably not how I’ll make my fortune!
If you’ve been struggling at all in your business, it could be that you’re trying to do something you’re not best suited to. In that case, I would thoroughly recommend taking the Wealth Dynamics test, to find your flow as an entrepreneur.
I re-took the Wealth Dynamics test recently and found out that I now have a “Star” profile . How is that possible? Read: How Can My Wealth Dynamics Profile Change?
About the author Julia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.