Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Red is dead

I took Shannon's test because frankly I haven't posted in a long time and it seemed the right thing to do. I will go see Justin on Sunday so there will be postings then, but in the meantime this will have to do...

REDS are motivated by POWER. They seek productivity and need to look good to others. Simply stated, REDS want their own way. They like to be in the driver's seat and willingly pay the price to be in a leadership role. REDS value whatever gets them ahead in life, whether it be in their careers, school endeavors, or personal life. What REDS value, they get done. They are often workaholics. They will, however, resist doing anything that doesn't interest them
REDS like to be right. They value approval from others for their intelligence and practical approach to life, and want to be respected for it. REDS are confident, proactive, and visionary; but can also be arrogant, selfish, and insensitive. When others interact with you, as a RED you respond to them best if they are precise, factual, direct, AND show no fear

I am red and like two years ago I would have taken pride in that because it takes a red to move up the corporate ladder and it takes a red to make good money and it takes a red to run the world. The funny thing is that I am trying to run full speed away from red. I am part of the way there, though I think I am starting to accept that at some level red is what flows through my veins (not that Shannon has yellow in hers, I think she has red, but you know what I mean). Even if I quit the "real" job to become a teacher, I had to teach at the best school and teach the highest honors level. There's something in my head that expects that I should be wildly successful at everything I do and always have the best opportunities, and in a way there is nothing wrong with that. Heaven knows I am hoping this next journey I am embarking on yields the same results because I do not fail, and I certainly do not do so in front of others. But I think that's the issue, that sometimes I need to fail or at the very least be okay with yielding small things. However, being cognitively aware that I need to occassionally fail is definitely not the same as being okay with failing, and so for today I will continue to count the gold stars I give myself in my head for the countless amazing things I did today...even if part of my journey includes giving out gold stars for the smaller things like showering and swinging in the back yard with the boy.


andrea said...

You made a PERSON. You are allowed to fail like 10 times after that because if someone calls you on it, you can just be like, "Oh yeah? How long has it been since you made a HUMAN BEING? Thought so." (And hopefully you won't be talking to a mother at the time...)

(I promise never to call you on "your failures" and to think that everything you do is genius. I actually have a couple of projects I could use help with that I have "failed" at thus far.)

shannon said...

i hear ya on the failure thing. i so don't want to do anything if there is the slightest chance i'll suck at it.
but that's life. growing, learning, experiencing.
and if i forget. have a blast with my boyfriend! :o)

Susan said...

Hi my name is Susan and I'm a recovering red. Failure is not an option for me....I'm a perfectionist to the point if it can't be perfect, I won't do it at all, now that's bad!