Building & Fixing

I’ve noticed that there tends to be a pretty big divide between the “builder” personality and the “fixer” personality.

When I picture all the people I think of as “builders,” I think of really creative people. Innovators and idea generators. Visionaries.

When I picture all the people I think of as “fixers,” I think of really intelligent, observant people. The people who can make things work, who can deliver, who can improve.

Those two circles don’t overlap. No one came to mind who I couldn’t decide which category to put them in.

I think it’s honestly really hard to iterate on your own big ideas. I think when you have an awesome, big, amazing idea it can be very difficult to see its flaws, because you’re really emotionally invested in it. Likewise, I think when you’re someone who’s really good at visualizing all the moving parts of something, it can be hard to step back and see a macro version of it.

Some people are at their happiest dreaming big dreams. And some people are at their happiest tinkering. (And plenty of people aren’t happy doing either – this isn’t a “everyone in the world falls in one of these two categories” kinds of things.)

A lot of magic can happen when a great example of each of these get together. If you’re a builder, find a fixer. If you’re a fixer, find a builder. Work together. Make something amazing.

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