Now more than ever people want to engage in work that is meaningful and fulfilling.  In this post, we’ll take a look at enneagram type 3 careers that will provide a sense of purpose.  Below is more than a generic listing of job titles, you’ll find ideas for finding and creating work that you enjoy as an enneagram three.

The purpose of connecting the dots between your enneagram type and a career is NOT to narrow you into a specific field or niche but to help you understand what motivates you as a person and how to connect that with work that you’ll find fulfilling.

The enneagram is useful for discovering your personality type, along with the core motivations that shape you. It is also useful for helping you find a career path that will be meaningful and fulfilling.

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Your career is an opportunity to make a difference, serve others, and find joy in the work that you do.  The enneagram career guide is specifically designed to help you understand how your unique personality can intersect with the work you’re passionate about.

Understanding Enneagram Type 3 Personalities And How It Can Impact Their Career

An enneagram three tend to be goal-oriented, doers. They are success-driven and value accomplishment. Three’s can be very influential, talented, and good at setting goals.

The nine enneagram numbers are divided into three categories of expression: Action, Feeling, and Thinking.  An enneagram three is situated within the feeling center.  However, their feelings are driven by how others are reacting to them.  Because of this, threes typically are ambitious, result-driven, and energetic.

The core desire of a three is to be admirable, successful, and respected.

The message a three most want to hear is, “You are valuable simply for being you .”

The gifts of an Enneagram Three include:

  • Ambition: Threes are ambitious and have the will and energy to strive to be the best at whatever they take on. They believe in their ability to succeed.
  • Efficient: The resourceful Three knows how to do things in a way that is efficient and productive.
  • Adaptable: Along with being willing to adapt to achieve their goals, Threes can adjust to different situations, people, or environments skilfully.
  • Driven: The Three’s high energy and enthusiasm for projects get things done and push others to perform as well.
  • Results-Oriented: Setting goals and applying themselves to achieve these are as natural to Threes as breathing. They are focused on the result. (

Considering these traits, an enneagram three is commonly referred to as the “achiever”.   Therefore, enneagram type three careers that provide an opportunity for goal-setting, motivating others, and achieving results will allow them to naturally lean into their giftings and personality traits.

By the way, if you’re not quite sure which number you are, feel free to check out the post: Three Free And Accurate Enneagram Tests to help you identify your type.  If necessary, take a little more time to discover your type and then come back to read more about what careers would be a good fit for you.

Famous Enneagram Type 3’s & Their Career

Below is a list provided by The Enneagram Institute of famous people who could be considered to be enneagram threes.  Please notice that while they may share similar motivations and characteristics their careers are various and in a wide range of work.

Famous Enneagram Threes: Augustus Caesar, Emperor Constantine, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Prince William, Condoleeza Rice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Lewis, Muhammed Ali, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Bill Wilson, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Werner Erhard, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Bernie Madoff, Bryant Gumbel, Michael Jordan, O.J. Simpson, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Sting, Whitney Houston, Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Barbra Streisand, Ben Kingsley, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Ken Watanabe, Will Smith, Courteney Cox, Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway, Chef Daniel Boulud, Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest, Cat Deeley

Famous Enneagram Type 3 Careers: Politics, Law, Leadership, Philanthropy, Business, Cooking, Entertainment, Musicians, Actors, Athletes

The spectrum of work represented by the list of type threes above varies tremendously.  Therefore, concerning enneagram type 3 careers, I believe the best question to ask is, “How can an enneagram three allow their giftings and healthy motivations to influence work they believe is meaningful.

Key Motivations That Should Influence Enneagram Type 3 Careers

How To Motivate An Enneagram Three

Enneagram type 3 careers are motiving if the work is:

  • Accepted by peers and leaders
  • Networking with new people
  • Achieving results
  • Driven by vision
  • Accomplishing intended goals
  • Efficient and practical

Understanding Why Some Careers May Be Draining To You As An Enneagram 3

When a person experiences stress or fatigue in a job it is often related to activities that are draining to the individual.  While there are almost always some aspects of work that a person will favor less than others, it is important when possible to identify which parts of your job are energizing and which parts are draining.

Because an enneagram three is motivated by a desire to accomplish goals and achieve results, if they are doing work that they feel causes them to compromise this core longing it will not be fulfilling to them.

How To Demotivate An Enneagram Three

Enneagram threes will be demotivated from engaging with their work if:

  • The “win” is not clearly defined
  • They do not receive credit for the work they’ve done
  • Their work is disrespected
  • They are ignored or devalued
  • Feedback and communication is confusing

If you are enneagram three, assess your current role and look for opportunities you may be overlooking to use your unique giftings and talents.  If you still are unsure or feel stuck try the following two suggestions.

How much is a frustrating work environment costing you?  Could your life be more fulfilling if you had a clear path toward meaningful work?

Are you wasting time and stress because you’re not sure what to do next? A confusing, tired, boring career may already be costing you a great deal.

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The Enneagram Career Guide is an interactive workbook that uses the lens of the enneagram to help you create alignment between your personal motivations and the work that you do.

Two Ways To Address Your Career If You Unhappy As An Enneagram 3

  1. Consider if there is room in your current work to fulfill some of the motivations listed above.  If not, speak to your employer about how you might be able to help in those areas.
  2. Consider if you are engaged in a field of work that you believe is important and meaningful.  If not, begin a journey of identifying career paths that you will believe will be fulfilling.

If you believe it is time to make a change, use the Enneagram Career Guide For Type Three to help navigate toward meaningful work.

The Enneagram Career Guide will help you:

  1. Become aware of thoughts that are limiting you and replace them.
  2. Identify what motivates you.
  3. Consider if your current work is meaningful to you and helpful to others.
  4. Use The new information about yourself to enhance your career.

What Is Included In The Career Guide?

  • 35-page downloadable workbook
  • Explanation of type
  • Key motivations of type
  • Demotivators of type
  • Evaluation of current career path
  • Connecting your key motivations with career options
  • Next steps

FAQ’s About The Enneagram Career Guide

Will you mail me a physical copy of the Career Guide?

The Career Guide is delivered by email as a PDF file.  It is yours to keep and use as often as needed.

What is your refund policy?

Because our products are digital goods delivered via Internet download refund requests made after you have downloaded our product are handled on a case by case basis and are issued at our sole discretion. Refund requests, if any, must be made within ten (10) days of your original purchase.

Do you have career guides available for other types?

Yes, you can view all available career guides by clicking HERE.

How do I pay for the career guide?

After you select the guides using the purchase button, select checkout.  You will then be taken to the checkout page.  On the checkout page, you can choose your payment method.  Enter your information and finalize by selecting the purchase button.

Healthy Enneagram Type 3 Careers Conclusion

Healthy Enneagram Type 3 Careers should not be limited to a specific field or title.  A career choice for an enneagram three should be based on their freedom to achieve success both personally and for the organization.  Three’s thrive in an environment where their drive is appreciated and have the ability to confidently drive positive results by accomplishing big goals.

To emphasize one last time, I chose not to include a specific list of enneagram type 3 careers to consider because I believe it is limiting.  As an enneagram 5, I have spent most of my career in a field that others have categorized as something I would not enjoy.  Also, I often find career suggestions for my enneagram type unappealing.

To Summarize:

  1. Identify what motivates you
  2. Assess if there is room in your current job to capitalize on your key motivations and giftings
  3. Evaluate if you are in a field that you believe is important
  4. Consider if the work you are doing is meaningful to you and helpful to others

I hope this post helps you find enneagram type 3 careers and options that you’ll find enjoyment from and serve others well in too.

Connecting your passion with work that you enjoy should not be so difficult.

Download the guide specifically created to help direct enneagram type 3 careers! Create a clear path toward work you love and that is helpful to others too!

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The Goal of the Enneagram Career Guide is to help you:

1. Become aware of thoughts that are limiting you and replace them.

2. Identify what motivates you.

3. Consider if your work is meaningful to you and helpful to others.

4. Use the new information about yourself to enhance your career.

Too often, we use the wrong lens when examining our career opportunities.

We say things like:

“I’m stuck here,”

“It’s too late to change,”

“I blew it (I’m a loser).”

“There are no opportunities out there for me.”

“I don’t need to network.”

“I can’t risk losing the money I make now.”

“I’ll be doing this forever.”

These are all limiting thoughts and do not have to be true for your life.

You can change, overcome, learn new skills, make adjustments, and create alignment.

 You can connect the dots between your giftings and your career.

Using the guide to help you align your passion with your work is a worthwhile endeavor and know that I am cheering for you.