Recently I was reading the book titled “The Number: What do you need for the rest of your life and what will it cost?”

At first, I was quite bored by the first few pages. But it starts to draw my attention on the second chapter. The author, Lee Eisenberg wrote that the number chasers fall into four basic personality types. As you may understand from the book title, the Number is somehow similar to Prudential’s retirement commercial last year: What is your number? It is the amount of money we need (or want) for retirement.

The Number by Lee Eisenberg
The Number by Lee Eisenberg

The four personality types all start with the letter “P” – the Procrastinators, the Pluckers, the Plotters and the Probers.

The Procrastinators

Characteristic:
You are lazy, confused, scared that it doesn’t matter if you have a plan or not. You hope for the best and dread the worst.
Planning Profile:
You have no plan, no real sense of the number. You just avoid facing the reality.
Brain Scan: Brainless

The Plucker

Characteristic:
You just simply pick a number that you think is good enough.
Planning Profile:
You have sort of a vague plan and an arbitrary number
Brain Scan: Scatterbrained

The Plotter

Characteristic:
You analysis and crunch a ton of data to arrive at a rational
Planning Profile:
You have a plan and a number that is conscientious.
Brain Scan: Left-brained

The Probers

Characteristic:
You pursue dreams and constantly explore the meaning of life.
Planning Profile:
You have a plan and a number centered on what would really make a difference in your second-half life.
Brain Scan: Right-brained.

4p
4p

I am somewhere between a plotter and a prober. I face reality and at the same time, I also pursue my dreams. What would life be if you are living without dreams, without the things you know you would work hard to chase after? So, where do you stand? If you are reading this post, at least I know that you are not a Procrastinator.

Procrastinator, Plucker, Plotter or Prober?


KCLau
KCLau

Personal finance author and trainer

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    • mtsen

      i fit in all … i procrastinate washing the dishes, when run out of time, I simply pluck a number to get things going first, then when life is more relax I gather all info and carefully analyse them and see if I need to change direction. After a day of work, I relax on my sofa or bath tub checking if I have done things that is inline with my dreams …

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