BG5 Business Institute
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.
"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.
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.
The story of the Turtle and the Hare, provides a great analogy for these two types. This article focuses on the Express Builder and you can read more about the Classic Builder here. In the analogy, the Classic Builder is like the Turtle and the Express Builder, the Hare.
Express Builders are amazing at getting work done quickly and efficiently. If you need something set up right now, an Express Builder is your go to. They have the ability to move into action almost immediately once they have responded to a request that pulls them forward. Both Builder types work best when they can 'respond' first to their gut (and wait for emotional clarity if that is their decision-making strategy) and if they are pulled forward by their body intelligence, they can commit their Energy Resource to the task at hand. If their response repels them away from the request, they really need to say 'No - I don't have the energy for this at this time'.
The Express Builder, once they have a positive response that pulls them towards the work, can jump right in get started immediately. To a Classic Builder, this is almost bewildering since they need to complete the current step they are working on before they can do anything else. Express Builders often find themselves waiting for others to catch up to them - patience and understanding of how other types function is the key here. The other thing to realize is that in being so efficient and quick, in order to be that, they often need to skip steps or leave things out that seem unimportant in the moment. Often, the steps they've missed will present themselves later and will need to be done then.
Express Builders are focused on speed and efficiently so may find themselves running around trying to make things happen quickly and efficiently. They have lots of energy and can be easily excited about the possibilities and then give their energy away to others. They can often jump into work before waiting for their gut response (and/or waiting for clarity) to know whether or not they actually have energy to put towards the work. Waiting to determine whether or not their 'heart' is in it and whether they are going to 'love' the work is vital.
Allowing others persuade them to do work by appealing to their mind can lead to committing their energy to something that won't work in the long term. If they commit their energy to work that they don't love or don't really want to do it can end badly for all. They may end up not being able to complete the task, or may experience frustration throughout the process and even end up burning themselves out.
Express Builders do not like being 'told' what to do or how to do their work. They also won't respond to 'statements' of how things aren't working hinting that there is work to be done. They like to be asked 'Yes/No' questions and get to the point quickly and efficiently asking them what you really want to know. Once they've agreed to do the work, you can trust that they will do it quickly and efficiently, so get out of their way and let them do it.
This doesn't mean they will always say yes. Anyone asking for any builder's energy will need to respect their gut response and not push them to do something when they don't have the energy to do it. This is built in security for the right timing for work to be done.
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.