Practical, Hard-Working, Independent, And Have A Keen Eye For Details.​


As a builder, you are practical, hard-working, independent, and have a keen eye for details. You are drawn to work that exists firmly in the physical world, and love to take a hands-on approach to getting things done. Being outdoors and taking on physical and mechanical challenges puts you right in your element.

As a leader, you take a conventional approach to your work and inspire those around you with your strong work ethic. You are very methodical and easily decode even detailed instructions, which is a blessing to those around you who may be intimidated by the particulars of a project. You take charge and ensure that tasks are completed correctly, and if issues arise, your teammates know that you will find a practical solution to them. 

While you are very independent, you find yourself drawn to structured environments that give you a clear path to move forward in your projects, as you prefer to focus on results rather than ideas.

Your Core Beliefs:

So, before you read the shadow side, I invite you to see this as an opportunity for growth. Feedback is often not your friend as it can feel like you are being forced to change aspects of yourself, but this is not so. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.

You have a strong desire to do things the right way, and this results in your traditional approach to doing excellent work which is something to be proud of. However, when the builder is not serving you, this desire for conventional approaches can lead you to be critical of others who may do things differently than you do. It is important to remember that often there are different ways to accomplish tasks that can produce quality work. Others who may not be as practical in their work might bring other qualities to the table that can be stifled if they are not allowed to do things their own way. 

You have a strong mind and prefer to focus on concrete thoughts and actions, and while this produces excellent results in your work, it can sometimes leave you frustrated by teammates who spend less time in the physical and more time thinking of the possible. Rather than growing frustrated, consider that these relationships can be mutually beneficial, with dreamers envisioning new possibilities and builders making them happen in the real world.  


So, before you read the shadow side, I invite you to see this as an opportunity for growth. Feedback is often not your friend as it can make you feel misunderstood. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.

Your dedication to excellence is admirable, and your desire to ensure that everyone around you is doing their best work is a driving force behind the success of your team. When the architect is not serving you to be your best, however, this drive toward excellence can lead you to be critical of what others are doing. While you are most comfortable in the realm of logic and reason, it is important to remember that others may operate on a more emotional level, and feedback that comes harshly can damage your relationships with them. 

Your strong work ethic and self-starting attitude are qualities to be desired by any company, but sometimes your independence may lead to feelings of resentment toward others on your team who might not move as quickly as you do. When the architect is not serving you to be your best, this might leave you frustrated by feelings of being held back by others. It is important to remember that every member of a team has something to contribute, and in moving forward alone, you might miss out on the important insights that arise from collaboration. Taking time to brainstorm with colleagues can spark great innovation.

You prefer to live a structured life, and your dependability is an excellent quality. When the builder is not serving you, however, your desire for order can leave you unintentionally strict about schedules that others may struggle to follow. It is important to remember that everyone has a different process, and while you might intend to give encouragement to keep people on track, it is best to consider that someone might need a different timeline in order to do their work to the best of their ability. People can grow frustrated and stressed when they feel they are being rushed. 

Things are not always easy for the builder. In an ever-evolving world, it can sometimes feel that change is being forced upon you when you would prefer to keep things traditional, and this can be difficult to accept. With a logical mind based firmly in reality, you can struggle to navigate the emotional reactions of others, and it can be draining. Because you are stoic and dependable, others might not realize the toll their actions might take on you, which can leave you feeling steam-rolled or like nobody is listening to you.

Builders make good conservational scientists, civil engineers, pilots, and mechanics, medical technicians, and property managers. 


  • George Washington

  • Condaleezza Rice

  • Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation

Life’s Lesson Questions:

  • Is this change a violation of my personal values, or is it acceptable?
  • Can I move forward with my tasks while teammates work at their own pace?
  • How can I maintain my traditions without impeding this evolution?
  • What physical project can I work on to avoid feeling frustrated?