Can you find freedom in owning how wise you are? You bet!
I love to learn new things. Up until my 40’s I would read anything, books, magazines, journals – literally the side of cereal packet. Unfortunately, social media, poor eyesight and a crazy relationship arrived in my 40’s – all making reading a challenge so I found new and exciting ways to consume knowledge (blogs, podcasts, social media, videos etc etc).
I will learn about any topic under the sun. I love knowing how things work and I don’t care if it is about the brain, my compost heap or my printer – I just want to know how it works. Special Ed to serial killers; challenging behaviours to challenging conversations; positive psych to performance management; leadership to Learning Management System – all of it. Previous partners have been obsessed with trains, motorbikes and theatre lighting – you guessed it – I became an expert too. I can tell you the type of motorbike by the sound of its muffler. Classic Mentor Teacher behaviour.
I tinker, I play, I experiment until I understand. Recently I complained to my mum that I didn’t have any dolls as a child and her reply was “Yes you did, you used to take their legs and heads off to see how they worked!” Hello junior Liberator Engineer!
Now I am in business, when I have a challenge, I dive headfirst into the vortex and become an expert on business accounting software, online learning platforms, Facebook communities. I am not THE expert but an expert…my knowledge is W I D E but knee deep.
And THEN I want to share. It’s almost a compulsion to share what I have just learnt – barely 5 minutes ago. I need you to know about the exciting thing I have just discovered and how that will make your life easier and better.
The Mentor Teacher Archetype has a huge thirst for learning. She's stepped into her innate power when she owns her depth of wisdom.
I particularly love to understand people, what drives them and how they process the world. This led me to Shannon Dunn and her Thrive Factor Archetype Framework.
What I have described above are classic traits and behaviours for the archetypes Mentor Teacher and Liberator Engineer. A thirst for knowledge and understanding how things work.
I thought this combination of thirst for knowledge and showing others would make me a great teacher – it did not.
I thought that understanding how everything fits together and therefore how it should be done (aka bossy) would make me a great leader – it did not.
It does however make me a particularly awesome entrepreneur, problem solver, coach consultant and cheerleader (although the cheerleader part is 100% my Inspirer Believer)
Now I understand all four of my archetypes in depth and how they interact with each other I can put them to work for me everyday in every part of my business and life. I can also be aware of potential challenges and how to avoid them. Giving myself permission to be my best possible self and to truly thrive.