Personality

Those of you who know me know that I have a facination with personality type.  Maybe it’s because all these years my dad has been asking me what I want to do when I grow up and me not being able to say what that was.  So here I am, about to hit my midlife crisis and that question has become even more important for me than ever before.  Interestingly enough you’d think this importance was being driven by external pressures.  Nope.  Something internal has been nagging me.

Maybe it’s this thing called midlife, but everything has begun to change in my world.  From seeing life as endless opportunity to a more focused view that we’re only here for a very limited time.  So, what do I want to do when I grow up?  Well, for one thing I don’t plan on growing up, so it’s really a misleading question.  Now, if you ask me what I want to accomplish in my lifetime, that’s a more relevant question.

Which brings us back to personality type.  Knowing who I am and why I do the things I do, I can answer not only what I want to accomplish, but find an exciting way to get there.

INFJ (possibly even E/S too), what do you think?

Simplicity

As I take time to reflect on things these days, I begin to see how out of balance humans are with nature. No, I don’t mean environmentally (although that is a part of it). I mean that in the esoteric sense.

I look all around me and see the stress and unhappiness people have. It’s just about everywhere. From the family with thousands of dollars of debt to the coworker that can’t imagine a 40 hour work week is possible.

I don’t have that. Sure, things are a bit down externally, but internally I’m happy with myself, my family, and most importantly, my future. Maybe I’m in the minority here, but really, there’s no secret here to feeling positive in a very negative time. I think I can sum it up in one word, simplicity. I try to manage my life needing only the simplest of things. I don’t need a fancy car. I don’t need a big house. And, I don’t need all the material stuff to make me feel good. I have what I need, a meaningful life, so why do I need more?

This is where I think us humans have fallen out of step with nature. We’ve been sold a story that is not real or sustainable. And many of us unconsciously chase it like there’s no tomorrow. I got a news flash for you, there is no finish line. It’s ALL about the journey.

Maybe it’s my calling to inspire people to break free of these chains. Who knows. What I do know is that I could lose all my “stuff” and still be happy knowing there IS something to live for.

What do you think?

Personality Types

Over the last several years I’ve found myself with a deep interest in personality types. Maybe this stems from the fact I’m still trying to figure out who I am, and where I fit in. In some ways, it goes back to the age old question, “what do you want to be when you grow up. ” Not that I think I’ll ever answer that question, much to the chagrin of my father. But, I think I can start to guide myself to do things I like because I can begin to understand the way my mind works, and how that would tie into various careers.

All the testing I’ve done over the years has put me at ESFP or ENFP. Recently though, I find myself relating to an ISFP. If you really look at the numbers, I sit on the borderline between S and N. As well, P and J.

Those who know me, what do you think?

In future articles I’ll start to break down my thoughts and show evidence for my leanings.

Changes are in the air….

Well, did lots of introspection last night and came to some pretty big realizations.  The first and foremost is that I truly believe that I am an artist, and that is what I was meant to be.

“But an artist paints and does stuff like that… how can you be an artist?”

Ah, that’s where I believe I view things much differently than most people.  An artist is someone who like to create things, using the tools at hand to accomplish this.  For me, while I have painted and drawn, it’s technology that allows my creativity to shine through.  Not to say that I won’t be doing any other type of artwork, but with this new realization, I think I finally understand my place in the world.

With that, comes a change to my blog.  Yep, a new name, style, everything.  This will be my place to share my observations of the world from a different point of view.  Things to make you think.  Things to make you go, “what???”

Here’s to showing people the other side. :-)

Where’s the soap?

Where's the soap?

So today I had just finished up in the washroom and as I was about to leave, I observed something interesting. A relatively new employee went to wash their hands. They went to put soap on their hands and low and behold, the dispenser has no soap in it. Instead you have to use the dispenser on the wall (see image). This is a great example of something that’s not “intuitive” to use. How am I supposed to know the soap dispenser doesn’t have any soap in it and that I have to use the wall dispenser? Well, in this situation, you don’t. Only by trial and error will you figure it out. Next time you are working on a product, whether it be for an end consumer or an internal employee, think back to this example. Apply this “intuitive” lesson and think of how you can make that product better. If there’s any question as to what a feature does, err on the side that the user will be just as confused, if not more, than you.