The Performer (Enneagram 3)
The Performer aspires towards success through hard work and setting aside personal hobbies to instead focus on your dreams and what is most important to you.
Believing hard work will pay off, these types are achievement oriented and love to check of boxes, done that, accomplished this, hit this goal. Performance is key here, to know you are doing well, improving, and growing your skills. The hope is to reach success.
As one of the reviewing types, this type believes success will come from acting and doing and performing, and from performing well according to your values. Because you are principled, you will set aside your feelings in the moment and do what you know is right. You are steady and can keep going at a task for a long time without losing confidence or needing to change direction.
The Performer, The Worker, The Failure
To do something well, to succeed at something
Blue (Critical & Principled)
Reviewer (Values-based & Instinctive)
The Achievement Mindset
Achievement means to do well at or accomplish something. To do something, and to do it well. It also means to impress yourself and other people through your abilities. You are industrious and hard-working and you can keep practising and working hard at a task until you become successful.
The performers believe there are levels and ladders to life, things can be done better or worse, there are rules or values to be followed, and if you can master them, you will feel a strong sense of accomplishment and joy.
Goals and challenges trigger you and your values and instincts come best off when you have a task to test yourself against. Something needs to be done, there is a chance to advance, and there is a reward if you can accomplish it. The pursuit of this is what drives and encourages you to move forward.
The Productive Temperament
Your principled mindset manifests itself best in your ability to put strong force into an activity. If it does not work the first time, you will try harder. It is important for you to keep trying and to not give up. But the Performer has a shadow side: The failure. You start feeling like you are messing up. That you aren’t doing good enough. Be careful with this, because it can turn your priorities around. It may turn out that you start doing things more out of a sense of force than joy, which can give a temporary boost, but can also add anxiety and stress and unhealthy tendencies.
You focus mainly on appearance and look for lazy and easy ways to get things done, minimal effort required. Often, this is because you have not been sufficiently motivated. Nobody has told you why you have to learn this. When unhealthy, you are only doing things for the sake of doing them. The Enneagram 3 is generally known as productive – they are doing so much, and constantly hitting new quotas. People ask the Enneagram three: How do they do it? How do they stay so productive?
Enneagram 3 types need more than that. They need to know that what they are doing has a value and is important. It has to lead somewhere, and there has to be a benefit of doing the task. When there is, the Enneagram 3 becomes a Performer type. Focused on one main thing: Success at a task they love.
The Pursuit Of Success
Enneagram 3 types look for success and for the feeling of accomplishment. I have done this. I have completed this. I have done this better than before and I have improved and hit a new level. I will now earn more, and perform better, at something that I find valuable and important. Success is best contrasted by failure. Feeling like a failure, feeling like you are not doing enough, feeling like you have to perform better and to improve. While a performer pursues success, they can often feel like they are letting people down or not doing good enough.
The Enneagram 3 is sometimes associated with vanity. Vanity is when the Enneagram 3 does not care what task they do, or how they do it. The accomplishment, and impressing other people, is more important than how it is achieved or what is done.
This does not, however, translate to a feeling of success. The Performer can here struggle with feeling like a fraud. If they can’t feel success and if they can not be happy with what they have done or genuinely feel they have improved, there is no joy in itself.