Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Gretchen talks about the 4 tendency types that people fall into and why knowing your type can help you become happier, more successful, and more effective in just about every aspect of life. She discusses how she discovered these personality types, how they differ from one another, how to spot other people’s tendencies, and how to capitalize on the natural tendency type you were born with. If you’re wondering how to improve your life by knowing your tendency type and subsequently working with and mastering your innate God-given abilities, check this episode out now!

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In our episode we go over:

  • Why Gretchen likes to find patterns and group people into different types of categories
  • How Gretchen got into studying human behavior and happiness and why she chose to become a professional writer
  • What the 4 tendencies are and why your tendency type matters
  • Why your tendency type describes how you respond to expectations
  • Outer expectations vs. inner expectations
  • Upholders, Obligers, Questioners, and Rebels
  • The different job types that generally relate to the different tendency types
  • The strengths and weaknesses of each tendency type
  • The most popular tendency type and the least popular tendency type
  • Whether or not you are born with your tendency or whether your environment creates it
  • Whether or not you can change your tendency later in life and whether or not this would be a good idea
  • The research behind the 4 tendencies and how Gretchen came up with them
  • Famous people or fictional characters in novels that fit the four tendency types
  • Whether Steve Jobs was a rebel or a questioner
  • What my tendency type is and the story that clearly exemplifies this
  • How to make in-the-moment reads on the tendency types of people you just meet
  • What obliger-rebellion is
  • The dangers of each tendency type and how to avoid their pitfalls
  • Gretchen’s best tips on improving your level of happiness
  • Avoiding the negativity bias
  • The power of building relationships and how to get together with your friends more often
  • Learning new skills and growing on a regular basis
  • Making time for having fun and doing things that are actually fun for you
  • The fact that the days are long but the years are short and what this means for you and your life

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