Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Exploring Personality: Part Five -- "I'm the best there is at what I do." (an IWM post)

"Recognition is the greatest motivator."

The Achiever

Last post (in this series) we were talking about those people that get involved in everything because they want to help. Now, we move on to those people that get involved in everything because they want to be in charge. Not that being in charge is goal; they just want to be as successful as possible, which usually ends with them being in charge. This is that person you knew in high school who was student council president... and president of the honor society... probably captain of the sportsball team... and, maybe, even captain of the debate team. All of that and a 4.0 GPA to boot. None of these things is because the person is more talented than other people or smarter than other people but because the person is more driven to succeed. The classic example of the overachiever.

Meet Type Three: the Achiever.

Oh, wait. You wanted to know about The Achiever? Well, you'll have to do that thing where you hop over to Indie Writers Monthly to find out about them. Threes... you either love them or hate them. Go find out why.


  1. Already wrote about an achiever. Reclusive one anyway.
    Actually, forgot about my post today - I wrote about two achievers...

  2. I think I am/was a bit like that.

  3. Alex: Hmm... I could see Byron being a Three.

    Jo: Maybe I don't know you well enough, but you don't seem very Three to me.

  4. Here's a question for you: do we perceive a male achiever character differently from a female achiever?

  5. TAS: That depends upon what you mean. Because Achievers learn at a young age what will get them the most recognition, most female Achievers choose female-associated achievement roles: being the sexiest woman in the room, being the best mother, being the best cook. It's only when someone steps outside of their gender-assigned roles that we take notice of them. That said, women Achievers in the business world have to work much harder and are often perceived as being "bitches" for behaving in the same way (the exact same way) as men who suffer no stigma for their behavior.