The Independent is an investor who has original ideas about investing and likes to get involved in the investment process. Unlike Followers, they are not disinterested in investing, are quite engaged in the financial markets, and may have unconventional views on investing. This “contrarian” mindset, however, may cause Independents to not believe in following a long-term investment plan. With that said, many Independents can and do stick to an investment plan to accomplish their financial goals. In essence, Independents are analytical, critical thinkers who make many of their decisions based on logic and their own gut instinct. They are willing to take risks and act decisively when called upon to do so. Independents can accomplish tasks when they put their minds to it; they tend to be thinkers and doers as opposed to followers and dreamers.