Understanding Others Is A Key Element To Success In LifeWe all want success in life. Regardless of our definition of success, or the path we take inlife, we have to learn to deal with people. How we deal with people will determine, to a largedegree, how successful we are in any area of life. In “What Makes People Click” you willlearn:• Why people do what they do• Why you do what you do• How to relate to others successfully• How to develop traits that will bring success• Why people ‘connect’, and why they don’t• How to ‘read’ peopleYou will gain an understanding of others, and yourself, that will launch you into a whole newlevel of success. You will learn, in simple terms, how to become the person you have alwayswanted to be!
From the time we are born until the time we die, we all experience a widevariety of relationships. There are family relationships, within which are a host ofdynamics. There are friendships, as well as co-worker relationships. Every day weare presented with various kinds of relationships. No matter where you go, or what you do, people, and the opportunity to be inrelation to them, will always be present. The ability to develop meaningfulrelations within each of these situations can certainly determine a measure of self-satisfaction, and personal success. So, true success, however you define it can, in this area, be defined by ourability to interact in a healthy way with others. What truly matters is this: when weget to the end of our journey, how many people have we had a positive impact on?We are writing our legacy everyday in the people around us, even if we don’t realizeit. Our accomplishments may be remembered, but the lasting impression we leavein this world is how we have affected other people. The problem we have inrelationships is that people skills do not come naturally. We are not born with theknowledge of how to develop healthy relationships. We have to learn those skills.The good news is we can learn these skills.
My goal in writing this book is to help you become a better friend, co-worker,spouse, etc. We have to have an understanding of how people think, and how theyview the world around them. As we take this journey, we will also learn some thingsthat will help us better understand ourselves. Self-discovery is also part of the process. Understanding why you do what youdo helps you to understand why others do what they do. We are all different, butthere are some basic skills that we can apply to help us accomplish this goal. The area we will focus on in this book is a simplified understanding ofpersonality types, their differences, and how to relate to each of them. We have tounderstand that each of us possesses a unique personality type which helps toshape the way we process the world around us. The first thing we need to realize is that personality, for the most part, is notgenetic. It is a learned behavior. We develop our personalities based on what weperceive will work in our world. We see what is happening around us, and decidehow we need to respond. When dealing with others, we don’t need to know the ‘why’ of how theirpersonality developed a certain way. We only need to recognize the traits of theirpersonality so we can better understand how to relate to them. When we try touncover the ‘why’, we run the risk of overstepping our boundaries with others.
We will look at four basic personality types. What we need to know from thestart is that there is no right or wrong personality type. There is not one that isbetter than the other. They just simply exist. I also want to point out that each of usexhibits all four types. What happens is that one or two become more prevalent than the other types.This is caused by several factors….environment, culture, education, etc. Thisshould not be a tool to analyze others; rather, it should be a tool to gain greaterunderstanding of yourself and others. The four personality types are D, I, S, and C. It is known as DISC personalityprofile. There are other profile methods that list the personalities differently, but Ihave found this profile easier to understand for everyday use. We will not get intothe profile very deeply. We will focus on the basics, as that is all we really need to be able to relate toothers better. As we go through each personality type, you will have ‘Aha’ moments,where you will recognize different traits of each personality type that will remindyou of people you know. You will also see yourself. It may be a little weird, actually.Just remember to have fun with it!
We will also learn how to take this knowledge, and adapt our ownpersonalities to situations we face that require a different approach than ourprimary personality allows. Remember, as we move along, that some traitsin each personality look similar to other personalities. We are not looking for just specific traits; we are looking for a pattern oftraits to help us identify the personality patterns of others. I believe you willbe amazed at how understanding personality patterns will help you in yourvarious relationships. You will also be amazed at how understanding yourparticular personality pattern will help you grow, and that’s the best news! •This excerpt is from the introduction of: What Makes People “Click”: Understanding How To Connect Successfully In Relationships
ABOUT THE AUTHORRandall Rittenberry lives in Cookeville, Tennessee with his wife Cynthia. He holds a degree in theology andhas spent several years as a counselor, pastor, and teacher. He has a passion to help people develop to their fullpotential; specifically in the areas of relationships, character development, and dream-building. He has heldmanagement and administrative positions in several organizations. He is the president of the Round TableAlliance, a national minister’s association.He is also the founder of LibraVita Resources and Imago Dei Ministries.LibraVita Resources is a company that provides training and tools to help people achieve personal growth; thecompany also provides business consultation in human resources and customer service. Imago Dei Ministriesis a teaching ministry that helps people understand their great worth and value to God. For more info or to book for a speaking engagement go to: www.randallrittenberry.com
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