Become Someone Else (Temporarily)
- Steve Williamson, VP Digital Marketing and Content Creation, eRep, Inc.
- Monday, September 19, 2022
If you had to behave and think like someone else, someone totally different than yourself, how easy would it be? How long could you pull it off?
Who Are You?
Everyone has a particular ratio of four different personality types within them. Some people are profoundly one type only while other people are almost perfect blends of all four. Except for extremely rare circumstances, everyone has at least some of all four personality types within them.
We call these personality types "core values." Read about them here and take a guess how much of each lies within you.
- Builder: The Value of Leadership and Action
- Merchant: The Value of Community and Connection
- Innovator: The Value of Wisdom and Compassion
- Banker: The Value of Knowledge and Justice
The majority of the time, it's best to be yourself. Learn how you are hardwired and live your life in a way that embraces it. However, there are times when you need to step out of your comfort zone and get things done that won't necessarily feel natural. That's where this article can help.
The Value of Being Someone Else
Tapping into those parts of your personality that are on the low side is possible when needed, but it may not be easy and it certainly won't be natural. It would feel like you are someone else, at least temporarily. Being this other person and seeing the world the way they do and behaving the way they would is something we all must do from time to time. With the right information and some exposure to exemplar individuals, you can develop this skill and actually make it useful.
When we see the world and ourselves through our own Core Values Index™ (CVI) lens, our perception is skewed by that lens. For example, someone who has low Merchant and Innovator scores that thinks they are very creative has a skewed perspective based on their own core values profile.
It's like someone in Minneapolis saying, "It's so very hot outside" when the temperature hits 90 degrees, while someone from Phoenix would be putting on a sweater, rolling their eyes and saying, "Oh, please."
Your perspective is relative based on your own profile.
Finding Other Sides of Yourself
Simply hanging out in airports won't give you the ability to fly.
It is possible to move into and tap your lower core value energies, but the effort required is based on the difference or distance between your primary and that other lower score. The greater the difference in scores, the more effort it will take. The efficacy and ability of that effort will be based on your familiarity with that lower core value energy.
Someone who has a lower-than 12 score in a core value energy, let's say Banker, will have a very difficult time successfully accessing and using their Banker energy if they've never been around someone with a high primary Banker score and actively studied them. Just simply hanging out with a profound Banker won't cut it, just like hanging out in airports won't give you the ability to fly an airplane.
You must study with a trained pilot and learn from them with the intention of gaining that skill.
Your ideal life will be spent living within your core values comfort zone. In those times when you must do something that requires other parts of your hardwiring, recognizing those situations and adjusting appropriately is very useful.
If your lowest core value score is Builder, for example, you will benefit by hanging around and interacting with someone who's primary score is Builder. The same would go for someone with a low Merchant, Innovator, or Banker score.
No matter who you study, pick someone who is mature in their CVI profile. This means they are positive examples of their personal energy and use it to better themselves and the people and situations around them. A red flag is when that person relies on their negative conflict resolution strategy too often or in inappropriate ways.
Don't just hang out with that person. Study their behavior and perspective from a Core Values Index standpoint. How do they communicate? In what ways do they approach challenges and find solutions? What about their primary core value energy makes them good at what they do?
Compare that person's CVI perspective with your own. Assuming their primary core value is your lowest, how can you access that energy within yourself in a manner that is productive?
By having a positive and productive example of how someone with that primary core value energy goes about their personal and professional life, you'll be better informed when you need to use that energy within your own life.
Core Values Index™ and CVI™ are trademarks of Taylor Protocols, Inc.
Go to eRep.com/core-values-index/ to learn more about the CVI or to take the Core Values Index assessment.
Innovator/Banker - VP Digital Marketing and Content Creation, eRep, Inc.
Steve has a career in project management, software development and technical team leadership spanning three decades. He is the author of a series of fantasy novels called The Taesian Chronicles (ruckerworks.com), and when he isn't writing, he enjoys cycling, old-school table-top role-playing games, and buzzing around the virtual skies in his home-built flight simulator.
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