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. . . This is your story
You seek what’s likely to happen now based on what’s known.
Your unique point of view is formed by your blend of the three foundational priorities of mind: Past (Certainty), Present (Probability), and Future (Possibility). The result of this blending of priorities is your thinking style and it defines the value you bring to every aspect of your life. It is what motivates you and it shapes your personality. It is also at the root of most of our differences in the way we each think.
Your thinking is oriented towards understanding how things should work. There’s a right way and a wrong way and you are often keenly aware of the difference. You think deeply about the consequences of actions on many levels, especially when it comes to ensuring safety and avoiding risks. It can be stressful being asked to make decisions or commit to something without having enough time to understand it or come to terms with the changes it might bring.
You will always be driven by Certainty and Probability; you can be a trusted advisor because you know what you’re talking about and will do as you say. Use this ability as your foundation and align your efforts with what you do so well.
As a Curator, you have
- Practical knowledge from data; insight from other people’s learning
- A thorough competency to get things done and measure their success
- A need to evaluate what is known and bring insight and clarity to discussions
- The capacity to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision
- A love of your favorite things; you are somewhat nostalgic and attached to the way things were
- A loyalty and trust in certain people built on years of experiences
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Get yourself to the safe place of knowing what’s going on and use that knowledge to keep control of what’s happening.
- Do remember that the past is always a reliable source of information that can be used in a very practical sense.
- Do focus on keeping control of where you are, using your knowledge of what worked before as a guide, but also stay open-minded about changes.
Move quickly on new opportunities. Use innovative and imaginative thinking to push the boundaries.
- Don’t necessarily overlook opportunities that present themselves to you because you have little information about them. You might want to test the waters before you assume it’s not worth your trouble.
- Don’t forget that we’re all moving towards an unknown future and it’s important that we try to see all the possibilities.
What you bring to the world
You’re often seen as being wise beyond your years and in some sense, you are. That’s because much of your wisdom is based on the accumulated past. It’s knowledge tied up in the gold-edged pages of a leather-bound book, with line-after-line of wisdom passed down from some great mind you deeply respect. Having access to that wisdom is one thing, but by itself it might be considered a little removed from our daily life. What do the beliefs of someone from biblical time have to do with us now?
The reality is that old wisdom can have real relevance for us today, depending on how you’re able to apply it. You’ve got to work organically, taking the lessons from the past and seeing how they can be shaped to fit today’s situation. For you, wisdom might spring from the metaphoric sayings of great past minds, but it moves you in practical ways, and you’re able to apply those wise sayings and thoughts to current problems.
Your wisdom is truth-based. You seek what is right and honest and true. While it might be an intellectual truth you’re looking for, it’s your heart that helps guide you to those truths. You’ve got a finely tuned sense for what is true and right. This comes from experience, from questioning rather than just accepting, from stepping back from the world and taking the time to look at what is really going on around you.
Your search for truth and accuracy makes you a judicious and fair person. You have a structure to your wisdom. People who use more Future in their perspective base their wisdom on personal experience more than past knowledge. It’s a street-wise wisdom that shifts depending on points of view. You prefer to hold certain truths to be undeniable, and those truths apply equally to everyone. Like a revered judge, you dispense your wisdom fairly and evenly.
The Curator is the Informed Planner
We all have relationships, they’re a natural and important part of most people’s lives. Why is it that even in our most intimate and important relationships we struggle, at times, to make things work, to understand each other, to see eye-to-eye? The simple fact is that we do not think the same way. We each bring our own point of view and use that to further what is important to us in the moment, whether it be in our private life, our work or with friends.
Knowing how we think—specifically our archetype—helps us to hear with more compassion. To listen and hear beyond a person’s words. To understand where they are coming from, what they need, and where they are trying to get to in conversation with us.
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You understand their need for mining the past for the kind of information that allows them feel comfortable and secure because you do it too.
They might not understand why you need to be so organized and keep so much control. You need to understand that they’re totally focused on playing it safe.
You share a need for control, organization and structure, and a good base for understanding where each other is coming from.
The present is central to who they are whereas you have a need for the past. They may not appreciate your need to hang things on the safety of knowing what happened before.
If you pool your resources and work together, you’re capable of anything.
You won’t meet anyone more your opposite in how they do things. Be patient with their seeming flakiness. It’s not personal, it’s just how they survive. They don’t share your passion for the past or control.
You both use the present and past, so there’s a good chance you understand what the other person is all about.
Sometimes too much of the same thing is not so good. Without some Future perspective between you, there might not be much to look forward to. While you’re both being careful about where you’ve been and where you are, who’s figuring out where you’re going?
You share using the past to keep yourselves informed, so you both understand why you ask lots of questions.
You’re looking to organize and structure your life using the past as a tool, they use it to help them decide which exciting new opportunities to follow. Be careful of using the same tool for different purposes.
You both use the past and present to understand the world. If you find a common ground, things could work out well.
You focus more on the past, they focus more on the present. While you might see each other’s points of view, you’re likely to think the other is seeing things from the wrong angle.
You both appreciate the need to keep things ordered and structured. Cons: they thrive on this structure and match it with a need for novelty and excitement.
You’re primarily concerned with what happened in the past, something they might not see as important.
You have a middle ground in using the past to ground yourselves.
The past is ultimately most important to you. Your life force comes from understanding the past and using it to help you control the present moment. They’re looking for opportunities and only use the past as a tool.
They’ll understand your need to be organized and have structure, even if they don’t always share it.
You’re probably more of a homebody, looking for some routine in your life and something solid you can rely on, whereas they’re looking more for adventure and new experiences.
They understand where you’re coming from because they use present and past as well as future in their perspective.
Since they’re always trying to find a balance, they can lack total commitment. Accept their need to keep finding compromises to make things work.
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