BG5 Business Institute

Career Type: Classic Builder

Builders make up 70% of the population and hold the life force of the planet in their design. They are the only type that have the Energy Resource defined, consistently supplying a steady stream of energy to get the work done. All other types have an 'inconsistent, unreliable' Energy Resource making the builder much sought after and sometimes misused.

Builders can be experienced by others as open, warm, magnetic and enveloping, like an energetic hug. They are designed to 'do the doing' when it is correct for them. Many Builders, especially if they are unaware of their design, will also do work that isn't correct for them or their current energy levels. This can lead to frustration, exhaustion and even burnout.

Keys to being a Builder and experiencing great satisfaction in life:

"Wait to Respond"


"Do what you Love and Love what you do!"

BG5 is about being able to really trust our body intelligence and for Builders, this is listening to their gut response to what is coming to them all day long. Our tendency is to ignore these signals and try to 'force things' or 'go out and make things happen' instead of waiting to see what comes to us that we can respond to. This can be challenging to tap into and may be easier said than done since many of us have been conditioned to 'do what we're supposed to do' in order to survive. 


Frustration | Satisfaction

If Builders are experiencing frustration, they can take that as feedback that something isn't right - either the decision they made was not in their best interest or the timing is off. Builders naturally draw people and opportunities to them when they relax and wait for something to come to them that they can respond to. Their gut response will tell them what they have energy for and help them set really clear boundaries. Those boundaries protect their health and guide them to the right opportunities meant for them.

Two types of Builders: Classic and Express

The story of the Turtle and the Hare, provides a great analogy for these two types. This article focuses on the Classic Builder and you can read more about the Express Builder here. In the analogy, the Classic Builder is like the Turtle and the Express Builder, the Hare.

Classic Builder (Turtle)

  • Takes a step-by-step approach, getting the work done, one step at a time. 
  • Needs to complete the step they are on before moving to the next step.
  • Often the next step doesn't become clear until the step they are on is nearing completion.
  • They need to be asked again at each step if their energy is still available to continue.

Express Builder (Hare)

  • Once they have a gut response, they are able to move in to action getting the work done quickly and efficiently.
  • They can go from 0-80 in a second.
  • They can get things up and running quickly and efficiently.
  • They might skip steps and have to go back and repeat some of them.

Classic Builders in the workplace

When Classic Builders enter into work by following their gut response (and sleeping on it waiting for Emotional Clarity if they are Emotional Classic Builders), they can commit their consistent, steady energy to the task at hand. If they are allowed to do the work they love, their energy is lightened and can last for long hours, regenerating their energy resource instead of depleting it.

When they commit to doing work because they think they 'should' do it, or feel pressured by their leaders to 'get it done' no matter what, without any respect for their unique way of working, this will surely lead to burnout and exhaustion. 

Best Use of Classic Builders' Energy

Asking a Classic Builder questions that they can respond with a 'Yes or No' will help them know what they can commit their energy to. Giving them the ability to follow their gut response (and wait for clarity), will ensure that the timing is correct for the work they are about to do, or not.

Renegotiating the work to be done, as each step comes to completion allows the Classic Builder to stay tapped into their energy resource and know whether or not they are going to be able to commit their energy to that next step. This will lead to much more satisfaction for the Classic Builder and regenerate them for the next step when the timing is right.

Classic Builder's Stories

The Turtle Who Thought She Was a Hare ~ Shelley Finerty

Shelley Finerty is a Certified BG5 Professional and has 30+ years of experience working in the areas of IT, Sales & Marketing, Business Analysis, Project Management and Business Development along with an avid interest in what makes us human having studied NLP, Leadership, Mindfulness, Yoga, energy work, plant medicine, natural healing methods, trauma and recovery. She now works with the BG5 Business Institute managing Marketing and Innovation.