Saturday, September 20, 2003

Are you a River Person or Goal Person

It seems that there are two types of people - River People and Goal People according to Chuck Frey (via Dinah Mehta). Yes, I know it is a simplistic view, but a different point of view is usually valuable. Chuck says:

Most of us are undoubtedly familiar with goal people. They are the individuals who write down their objectives and timetables for reaching them, and then focus on attaining them, one by one.

River people, on the other hand, don't like to follow such a structured route to success. They are called river people because they are happiest and most fulfilled when they are wading in a rich "river" of interest -- a subject or profession about which they are very passionate. While they may not have a concrete plan with measurable goals, river people are often successful because they are so passionate about their area of interest. This, in turn, helps them to recognize breakthrough opportunities that may not even be visible on the mental radar screens of the more narrowly focused goal people.

No prize for guessing which I am.

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