483. Finding His Tribe of World-Changers
He felt like an outsider as far back as he could remember. There was no shortage of diagnoses to add to Alex’s feelings of not fitting in. But one of his traits led him to dig deeply into the history and biographies of other outsiders. Not only was he not alone, he discovered he was uniquely gifted to change the world, starting with his own.
Alex Charfen has spent his life seeking to understand how to make businesses grow, which evolved into the question, “How do you help people grow?” Through his research and years as a top consultant to the Fortune 500 and Global 100, this question led Alex to discover the long-misunderstood Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT). Best-selling author Robin Sharma recently described Alex as, “the most progressive entrepreneurial mind on the planet.”
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
At a young age, Alex was aware of feeling different from most people. He felt like an outsider. Partly to learn how to fit in, how to be, he says, “I got obsessed with people. As a kid, I didn’t just read the biographies that were available, I found copies of journals, notes and the actual writing done by people like Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. It’s amazing what’s available through certain schools and online resources. If you really start looking at human beings and how success has been created, there are clear patterns to success. The stories of successful people are almost identical. Their paths to success have more similarities than differences among them.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“For a lot of entrepreneurs, the prototype for success was the TV show, Miami Vice, and the movie, Wall Street. The driving force was to go make as much money as you can. Then, at some point in my 20s, someone gave me the book, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.’ I remember the book because it raised a quandary for me: I was about to buy a Ferrari and was deciding which one to buy. I didn’t read the book at first. It sat on a night stand for about six months. Then, I remember I finally picked it up and started reading it. That book, and meeting the woman I later married, led me to look closely at my life—working in a high stress, cut-throat industry, constantly traveling—and very quickly, I walked away from it.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
Alex’s lifelong study of high achievers led him to an understanding of the Entrepreneurial Personality Type (EPT), which helped him make sense of the many ways he had felt different from most people most of his life. Looking through history at the biographies of people who had made a major difference, he gained valuable self-knowledge of his own personality which enables him to help other entrepreneurs.
Steps to Success from Alex Charfen
1. If you are listening to this podcast, chances are you are not like everybody else. Admit those differences and learn how they can propel you to greater success.
2. Recognize that we need all types of personalities in the human tribe and that your personality type is vital to the whole.
3. If you have always felt different from others, consider that you very likely have an Entrepreneurial Personality Type, and that you are not alone.
On His Bookshelf
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
Connecting With Alex Charfen
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