This Dan Rockwell article helped me think about both my horses and the people in my life differently. Mr. Rockwell clarifies the difference between the two distinct personalities of a racehorse and a workhorse. I like how Dan Rockwell describes the personality of a horse through two polar opposite working animals. For those of us that interact with horses every day, we know which type we have, and if we are lucky we know how to cultivate the best of the strengths they bring.
I agree with Mr. Rockwell that racehorses are strong and fast and driven. They love the spotlight and doing what they were born and bred to do. They have strong purpose and drive, but don't know when to slow down. I have experienced that when they love to do their job, they do not need to be "schooled" to do it better. In fact, their performance worsens if you punish or correct them. In many ways the hardest part of dealing with a racehorse is to get out of the way and let them run. New goals are necessary after each race. Usually a racehorse needs someone to point them in the right direction and set them on the course. A racehorse throws his head up pushes away from the pressure. He will run to the point of exhaustion and push beyond his physical limits.
I wonder who you interact with everyday that would be more motivated by being treated in a way that better suits their personality. I am thankful for the differences and always hope to have both on my strongest teams.