Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Zhuge Liang on Opportunity

"There are three avenues of opportunity: events, trends, and conditions. When opportunities occur through events but you are unable to respond, you are not smart. When opportunities become active through a trend and yet you cannot make plans, you are not wise. When opportunities emerge through conditions but you cannot act on them, you are not bold. Those skilled in generalship always achieve their victories by taking advantage of opportunities."
Zhuge Liang (circa 200 AD, The Way of the General)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

More INTJ Insanity

Just taking a quick break from my long hiatus. I swear that I have a perfectly good explanation for the long break. This post is an extension of an earlier post about my personality type. You can take the test HERE. I swear this is not some mambo-jumbo link that you get in forwarded emails or facebook status updates. This is the real deal Myers-Briggs personality test.

While the previous description sounds  a little too braggy, I think this description sounds a bit more objective. For those of you who think (or know) that I am way too complicated, perhaps this explanation can shed some light on the reasons why:

Top Ten Words That Describe Most INTJs:

Tenacious ... Private ... Deep ... Intellectual ... Future-focused
Independent ... Driven ... Intense ... Reserved ... Direct


There are two phases of most projects or meetings: 1) the vision and strategy setting stage; and 2) the execution stage. INTJs tend to gravitate towards the former. Highly future focused, out-of-the-box, logic-driven thinkers, few can match the INTJ’s capacity when it comes to doing what they love - developing long-term strategies and solving complex problems that involve a lot of moving pieces. An INTJ’s mind is unconventional and unrestricted by previous approaches or traditional thinking.


“Good enough” is not typically part of the vocabulary of an INTJ. They haveextremely high standards for both themselves and others, and a tremendous stamina for hard work. They constantly push themselves to achieve excellence in all of their endeavors, which often translates into long hours with more focus and fewer breaks in concentration than most other personality types.


Of all the 16 types, INTJs have perhaps the highest need for continuous learning, and to constantly challenge themselves intellectually. INTJs thrive when they are progressively working towards higher and higher levels of competency and excellence, and are easily bored by assignments or tasks that they have mastered before - or have a straightforward execution.


Rather impervious to criticism and highly intrinsically motivated, INTJs are among the most independent of all the types, and thrive working productively alone for long periods of time. They tend to hold themselves to their own high standards, not looking to others for frequent validation. As a type, INTJs are often uncomfortable giving compliments and regular positive feedback. Finesse is also not a natural gift for INTJs, and if not careful, they can be direct to the point of being blunt - and come across as intimidating or offensive.


INTJs are often well known for their insightful, thoughtful, and unique perspective. Their best ideas and solutions to complex problems usually come after they’ve mulled the topic over for a while. This “percolating” process can take a couple of days, is not always conscious, and more often than not, leads to a solution that just “pops” into their heads out of nowhere when they are alone, relaxed, and are engaged in or thinking about a completely different topic.


Underneath that calm, cool exterior is one of the most rich and well-developed inner worlds of any of the 16 types. The brain of an INTJ is always “on,” processing the complex issues and strategies that INTJs love to tackle (even while they are watching TV). At times, they can be so lost in their thoughts that they walk past people who are saying “hi” in the hallway - and have a hard time quickly switching gears when interrupted at their desk.

Top ten: INTJs are the type MOST likely to . . . 

1. Miss what is going on around them because they are lost in thought
2. Push themselves harder than any other type
3. Work for LONG stretches of time without a break
4. Talk over others’ heads without realizing it
5. Do exceptionally well on standardized tests; achieve excellent academic grades
6. Under-compliment and over-criticize
7. Have a top-notch vocabulary and be an avid reader
8. Catch on to a new idea, concept or approach quickly
9. Need significant time alone each day to feel optimally recharged
10. Have solutions just pop into their head out of nowhere

Monday, March 18, 2013


Found a new source of fuel for my Sherlock obsession. Elementary, the TV series. While die hard fans may find it strange to see Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (as opposed to John Watson, perhaps more famously portrayed by Jude Law), I think it is a somewhat refreshing introduction to ordinarily sausage-filled Holmesian adventures.

And here is one of my favorite quotes from the series: 
It has its costs... Learning to see the puzzle in everything. They're everywhere. Once you start looking, it is impossible to stop. It just so happens that people, in all the deceits and delusions that inform everything they do, tend to be the most fascinating puzzles of all. Of course, they don't always appreciate being seen as such.

Sherlock Holmes
in "Elementary Season 1 Episode 5"