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Enneagram Test Results

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Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator (RHETI Version 2.5)

“Your highest score was for:
Type 7
Your second highest score was a tie between:
Type 8 Type 2”

Surprise, surprise, I’m The Enthusiast.

What genuinely was interesting is how accurate the description is for this type, in all areas including areas I need to work on, in my personal life and work life.

Perhaps the best summary I’ve found yet “They are scattered yet focused, excitable yet dedicated, passionate yet aloof and entirely obsessed with where they’re going to find joy next.“

In more detail:
Sevens are frequently endowed with quick, agile minds, and can be exceptionally fast learners. This is true both of their ability to absorb information (language, facts, and procedures) and their ability to learn new manual skills—they tend to have excellent mind-body coordination, and manual dexterity (typewriting, piano playing, tennis). All of this can combine to make a Seven into the quintessential “Renaissance person.”

Ironically, Sevens’ wide-ranging curiosity and ability to learn quickly can also create problems for them. Because they are able to pick up many different skills with relative ease, it becomes more difficult for them to decide what to do with themselves. As a result, they also do not always value their abilities as they would if they had to struggle to gain them. When Sevens are more balanced however, their versatility, curiosity, and ability to learn can lead them to extraordinary achievement.

The root of their problem is common to all of the types of the Thinking Center: they are out of touch with the inner guidance and support of their Essential nature. As with Fives and Sixes, this creates a deep anxiety in Sevens. They do not feel that they know what to do or how to make choices that will be beneficial to themselves and others. Sevens cope with this anxiety in two ways. First, they try to keep their minds busy all of the time. As long as Sevens can keep their minds occupied, especially with projects and positive ideas for the future, they can, to some extent, keep anxiety and negative feelings out of conscious awareness. Likewise, since their thinking is stimulated by activity, Sevens are compelled to stay on the go, moving from one experience to the next, searching for more stimulation. This is not to say that Sevens are “spinning their wheels.” They generally enjoy being practical and getting things done.

Second, Sevens cope with the loss of Essential guidance by using the “trial and error” method: they try everything to make sure they know what is best. On a very deep level, Sevens do not feel that they can find what they really want in life. They therefore tend to try everything—and ultimately may even resort to anything as a substitute for what they are really looking for. (“If I can’t have what will really satisfy me, I’ll enjoy myself anyway. I’ll have all kinds of experiences—that way I will not feel bad about not getting what I really want.”)

We can see this in action even in the most trivial areas of their daily lives. Unable to decide whether he wants vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream, a Seven will want all three flavors—just to be sure that he does not miss out on the “right” choice. Having two weeks for a vacation and a desire to visit Europe brings a similar quandary. Which countries and cities to visit? Which sites to see? The Seven’s way of dealing with this will be to cram as many different countries, cities, and attractions into his vacation as possible. While they are scrambling after exciting experiences, the real object of their heart’s desire (their personal Rosebud, as it were) may be so deeply buried in their unconscious that they are never really aware of precisely what it is.

Furthermore, as Sevens speed up their pursuit of whatever seems to offer freedom and satisfaction, they tend to make worse choices, and they are less able to be satisfied because everything is experienced indirectly, through the dense filter of their fast-paced mental activity. The result is that Sevens end up anxious, frustrated, and enraged, with fewer resources available to them physically, emotionally, or financially. They may end up ruining their health, their relationships, and their finances in their search for happiness.

On the positive side, however, Sevens are extremely optimistic people—exuberant and upbeat. They are endowed with abundant vitality and a desire to fully participate in their lives each day. They are naturally cheerful and good humored, not taking themselves too seriously, or anything else for that matter. As we have seen, the Basic Desire of Sevens is to be satisfied, happy, and fulfilled, and when they are balanced within themselves, their joy and enthusiasm for life naturally affect everyone around them. They remind us of the pure pleasure of existence—the greatest gift of all.

In one study of 457 couples, Enthusasist were most commonly paired with Thinkers / Investigators (Type 5) and Perfectionists / Reformers (Type 1). That’s not to say they’re the best relationships, just the most common.

Bringing the Couchsurfer experience to Airbnb

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Before Airbnb, I swore by Couchsurfing. As a student I used it to travel both the US and Europe and have experiences money couldn’t buy. At home I paid it forward by offering up my space, free of charge for travelers. The Couch Surfers I met reminded me of what’s important. That was 2007. My last stay organized through the website was 2014; the year I joined Airbnb.

My friend had an account and I didn’t have any reviews so we booked with hers for my first trip in Austin. The apartment we stayed in showed signs that it was clearly someone’s real home and the second room was rented to another Airbnb Guest, we were convinced the host was sleeping in his car to make a few extra bucks. You could now pay to get the authentic experience of staying in a local’s home. I was getting older and more and more of my trips were weekends away vs long-term travel so I began to feel less comfortable using Couch Surfer. My priorities shifted towards convenience and some of the Airbnbs I stayed in were run by companies, where I never even saw the host. I didn’t have a problem with this, but I began to miss the human interaction and spontaneousness of the Couchsurfing platform.

I’d never had a space I use to host on Airbnb, but everything changed late last year when my tenants moved out of my LA duplex. I listed my place on Airbnb and decided I didn’t want to just list a space for the money. I want to interact with my guests (without intruding) and turn their vacation into a memorable experience – just like the old days with Couchsurfing. I’m now 7 Guests in and I feel as though I’ve been able to accomplish this fairly well so far. My travels gave me the opportunity to stay in many Airbnbs around the world and take from them the best bits and incorporate those into mine. I look at this the same way I would a design project. It was tough getting started but now I’m in the optimization phase. I value guest feedback and constantly look to improve their experience. Running an Airbnb is bringing real-time insight into the value of focusing on the guest experience, honing my entrepreneurial skills and most importantly, it allows me to bring back what I remember to be the best parts of traveling.