As an explorer, you see the world as a great adventure. You are energized by the endless possibility of new territory waiting to be discovered. You relish the lessons you learn about yourself and the world through each new endeavor, and the sky is the limit as far as you are concerned. You are spontaneous and fun to be around.
As a leader, you unleash new possibilities for people by helping them embrace freedom of thought. You encourage those around you to try new things and take some risks, and this often leads to exciting developments. Your dedication to self-discovery inspires those around you to form their own identities, bringing their true talents forward so that they can be their best.
As an explorer, a rigid corporate world can be de-motivating. Without a challenge, you can become bored and your innovative spirit can be stifled. Because of this, your best work is born in an environment that allows you to boldly venture into uncharted territory and see how things work out. You want to be free of constraints, and if you feel boxed in by a situation you are not afraid to venture off to find a better one.
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 sometimes feel that you are being placed into a box, but that is not so. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.
As an explorer, you naturally wish to push boundaries and pursue independence, but when the explorer is not serving you to be your best, this may alienate you from your teammates or leave you feeling resentful or boxed in. While independence is a wonderful attribute, there are times that collaborative efforts and teamwork can produce meaningful results. It is important to remember that being part of a team does not mean giving up your identity—rather it is an opportunity to allow your talents to contribute to something bigger.
While there are many exciting things to discover in the world, if the explorer is pushing you to constantly explore what is new rather than evaluating what is already in front of you, it may not be serving you to be your best. Being constantly on the pursuit of something new and exciting can leave you feeling restless. It can sometimes be helpful to take the time to stop and look around you; exciting discoveries can happen even in places you do not expect.
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 disharmony can make you uncomfortable. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.
Your deep desire for harmony within your relationships is part of what draws people to you, but you may find that focusing too much on keeping the peace can lead you to dim yourself for the sake of others. You can get caught in a cycle of people-pleasing. While your desire to make others happy is admirable, it can leave you exhausted and unable to access the full potential of your special gifts. Because you have an exceptional capacity for empathy, you expend a lot of energy helping others, and it is important to take time for yourself so that you do not burn out.
You move forward into the unknown without fear, and this is an admirable trait that many others wish they could possess. When the explorer is not serving you, however, this ability to move on without fear can leave you willing to abandon ship and swim for a new shoreline if a situation becomes unfavorable. Moving on to something else rather than sticking it out with a current project can be seen as flaky by those around you, so it is important to remember to complete one step before moving on to a more exciting one.
Life is not always easy for the explorer. Not everyone is meant for a brave path of exploration, and you may sometimes find yourself walking it alone. You can become so accustomed to adventure that simply sitting with what you have accomplished can leave you feeling restless, making it difficult to relax and enjoy the things you have learned about yourself.
Explorers make good researchers, astronauts, travel bloggers, and documentarians