Jeff Goins recently wrote a great little post on these three types of people. I think it's helpful to think about to make sure we don't fall into one of these less-favored categories.
"Givers, as the name implies, give. They don’t try to get; they try to help.
Takers, of course, take. They’re the ones who are always looking for a leg up in life. They see relationships merely as a means to a certain end — one in which they profit.
Matchers, though, are interesting. They’re a mix of both giver and taker, as they tend to help people who can only help them back. In fact, when they do a favor for you, it’s often obvious what they’re doing."
That last one, "matcher" is even more creepy than a "taker," and all too easy to fall into.
He also summed up one of his commitments:
"I want to do whatever I can to help as many friends as possible win at life, succeed in business, and achieve their goals."
That's a great summary Jeff, and one I'd like to keep at the forefront of my mind.