Jan Scholten

Stage 8

The theme here is perseverance: to brace yourself and carry on with your plans. Their life consists of ‘getting on with it’. And they will get there as long as they stick to their plans.

They feel that it is a tremendous effort to carry on. They have to move that mountain of work. Fortunately they are very capable people with great powers of endurance.

They have a tendency to force themselves and others. They don’t have time for all the niceties, there is work to be done. Once they have got it into their head that their plans should have priority they tend to get very pushy and obstreperous.

Heavy Pressure
The task is big and the pressure weighs heavily on them. But they are up to it, they know how to handle such a work load.

They hate opposition. Their task is heavy enough as it is without being opposed or contradicted by others. They confront any difficulties with openness and courage. They are full of confidence, they have done their homework and they are not afraid of confrontation. They know what they want and are prepared to persevere with it. They don’t shy away from a fight, in fact they welcome it if necessary.
They might feel that circumstances are against them. The day to day happenings in house and family are often felt as added burdens instead of welcome breaks. They feel that they have to devote themselves completely to their task in hand. Anything else in life is only a distraction.

Calculating Planning
They are usually very good at summing up a situation. They work out what they have to do to realise their plans. Their calculations are precise and they see clearly what is important and what is not. They have to plan this way in order to get through the enormous amount of work. They may even become politicians to achieve their goals.

They are very concentrated on their work, totally absorbed by it, as if that is their only fulfilment in life.

Through On Per
They carry on, they break through opposition, persevere through adversity, persistence, pertinacy, they go on, work on, plough on, fight on etc.

The metals of Stage 8 are the most pressure resistant of all the metals in each individual series, Osmium having the highest resistance of them all. These metals hardly give way under pressure, which is linked to the fact that they are very dense and heavy. Osmium is the heaviest metal, the most compact.

DD Stage 7: still has room for improvement and learning. In Stage 8 there is no more time for learning, there is too much work to be done.
DD Courage: This stage is the most courageous of them all: they can brave any danger. We could call them the Heroes. But we also find courage in Stages 6 to 13.