|From Finding the Birthday Cake, by Elizabeth Wagele|
September 19, 2014
Threes are rare. I'll just start with that statement. I've only known a couple of them in my life (at least among my close friends and family). But as rare as they are, they're also very, very much like all the characteristics of their type. Threes know they are threes, and they love to be Threes!
The Enneagram Three is known as the actor, or the performer. He or she enjoys being the focus of attention, and enjoys guiding others forward to the success that they themselves have already found.
Unlike most other numbers, the Three doesn't shift much throughout life. Who they are is who they've always been, and who they always strive to be: someone who's worked hard to achieve what they have achieved, and who cannot help but constantly compete with others in every way possible.
Of the threes I've known, success is not just a goal, but THE goal. They don't understand why others aren't also constantly striving for complete success, and if at all possible, world domination too! Sometimes mistaken for the Enneagram 8, a Three operates from his or her heart in all stressful situations. Though they enjoy leading and inspiring a team of friends or strangers, the Three never loses sight of their feelings, which are always wrapped up in, whether positively or negatively, the experience of the moment.
In the Winnie The Pooh stories, Gopher is the most obvious Three. He's all about tight schedules, hard work, and no lollygagging.
Famous Enneagram Threes include Halle Berry, Mark Harmon, Michael Jordan, Demi Moore, Diane Sawyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathleen Turner, and Oprah Winfrey.