The reason that we love both Seinfeld and the Beatles! It's elemental.

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

EarthFor those of us old enough to remember, Seinfeld was one of the most popular television series of all time. If you go back even farther, The Beatles dominated not only music, but the entire direction of our culture. The reason for this phenomenon of success was discovered a long time ago!

The ancient Greeks believed that everything in the universe was composed of a combination of four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water. Everything that existed could be broken down into these four basic components.

The Greeks attached this concept to everything, including philosophy and the arts. Even human emotions and personality were attached to the four elements. It is considered inborn, something beyond our control, but each one of us has varying levels of each of the four personalities as defined by the elemental assignment of traits.

AirSo if you were to have four individuals that closely represented only one of these personalities each, you have the formula for success. It is easy to identify the predominant element in each one, and the combination of the four elements together makes for a satisfying completeness. In both Seinfeld and the Beatles, this distinction is obvious.

Let's get down to specifics: In Seinfeld you have Jerry (earth,) Kramer (air,) George (fire,) and Elaine (water.) In the Beatles you have Ringo (earth,) Paul (air,) John (fire,) and George (water.) Because each reflects one of these personalities, we relate to them based on our own internal make-up. No matter what our own preferences are, one of these individuals, or a combination of individuals, will appeal to us.

We all have some of each of these four basic elements in our own personality to some degree, and the weighting of the components determine who we are, and how people relate to us.

FireSo how does all of this translate to business? It does in many ways. For example, if you are assembling a team, you do not want individuals of the same elemental disposition. If you have two "fire" on a team, you will only have arguments all of the time, if you have two "air" you will pitch ideas endlessly without ever accomplishing much of anything.

Rather, you want teammates that complement each other, with one filling the personality voids of the other. In this manner, the team can accomplish more combined as a whole, than the sum of its parts.

So where do you fit in all of this? Are you a Kramer, or a Ringo? Or perhaps you are a combination of John and Elaine? It's fun to think about, and if you really don't know you might want to try a D.I.S.C. test!

And in case you didn't know, I'm fire with a touch of air!

(Mel, this was for you!)

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April...

Thanks, I know that you are a free spirit which makes you a Paul and a Kramer! And a mix is essential for a team!

Joan...

If everyone is the same, there's no need for the team!

October 18, 2008 04:53 PM #34
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Ok Richard, I am going to have to take that D.I.S.C. test.  Just a couple of problems, 1.  I am not sure what it is and 2.  I am not sure where to find it.  I guess I am wind then.

October 18, 2008 06:30 PM #35
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Melody Botting
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Hey, I resemble that remark!

No need for Don to take the test.

October 18, 2008 08:50 PM #36
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I may have to take this test. I think I am the only person in the world who hates Seinfield (George and Kramer are like finger nails on the chalk board to me)  and I didn't like the Beatles. 

October 18, 2008 09:01 PM #37
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Don...

The Greeks also believe that the secondary traits were heat, cold, wet and dry so perhaps you could be hot air? lol

Mel...

Well, occasionally, you come across as just a teeny tiny wee bit control freak! ;)

Sherry...

Ah, the Greeks had a 5th element for you (REALLY) ...which didn't fit into any other category...ether!

October 18, 2008 09:14 PM #38
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Shut your mouth!  (Oops, there I go again).  I have a funny story about that if you want to hear it.

October 18, 2008 09:24 PM #39
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Mel...

Of course, I love a good story!

October 18, 2008 09:29 PM #40
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It is not a good one.  Actually, a little dull unless you know me.  However, it proves your 'opinion'.

I dated someone for a very short time.  He called me one day around 10am on the weekend.  I said, "I'll have to call you back.  I just bought a new mattress and I am having a problem maneuvering the old one out.  The room is too small and the mattress is too heavy."  He called back a few hours later.  I was still trying to work it out.  He said, "I don't know how to put this But do you need help?"  It was amazing how quickly I got that thing out of there once he asked.

Damn it!  You are right!

October 18, 2008 09:49 PM #41
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Mel...

I would have told him to come move it, then dump him after the job was done! BTW I would probably make you mad at work, I always carry the big boxes of paper up the stairs for the ladies.

It's not about control for me, I was just raised that way!

October 18, 2008 10:10 PM #42
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No, no.  I think that is cool.  Holding the door open and things of that nature I can appreciate.  It was 'assuming' I couldn't do it myself.

Why aren't you on Blip.fm?

October 18, 2008 10:39 PM #43
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Rich, an unteresting post and something most all of us can relate to.  What's more universal than Seinfeld & the Beatles?

October 18, 2008 11:20 PM #44
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Richard, your post has been given DA Boot!!!

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October 19, 2008 04:45 AM #45
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Mel...

Wrote a whole post about it! And i am on Blip.FM!

Garren...

Nothing that I can think of right now! lol

Michael...

Thanks, you AR addicted dude, you!

October 19, 2008 08:37 AM #46
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I'm not certain what I am, but, I'm full of hot air if that helps any.

October 19, 2008 09:52 PM #47
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Two little songs on blip doesn't really count.  Get to work!

October 20, 2008 03:43 PM #48
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I am an S.....Steady as the day is long. In feng shi I am mother earth. Very cool post Richard!

October 20, 2008 06:09 PM #49
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JL...

I think that the hot air comes from the fire in you!

Mel...

I know, I am a procrastinator!

Mandi...

That is EXACTLY what I would have guessed.

 

October 21, 2008 06:12 AM #50
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If only my wife felt the same way, she thinks it's just hot air.

October 21, 2008 08:28 PM #51
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Lori F...

Actually, I remember commenting back on this. I wonder what happened? I can't remember if I got one of those Proxy error things, but I said that I had never heard those exact terms used before.

If I take the disk test honestly, it's really accurate and almost scary. There are some hard choices on the test, because in many cases there are two right choices, either for most likely and leasy likely, and it's hard to choose.

Anyway, I'm sorry that my original reply was dumper because I am sure that it was more asture than this!

October 24, 2008 10:30 PM #52
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Richard my friend- I will be honest...I thought you had skipped over me and I was feeling a bit sad is all. I knew you didn't do it on purpose. It's all good now!

I believe these tests are pretty accurate but not fool proof. Because we are humans and we act humanly. Nothing can be set in stone with flesh!

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