During my years working in corporate America, I had little self-awareness (or interest in being self-aware). It was not until my divorce in my late 30’s that I decided I had better figure out what was going on inside. Instead of going for therapy, I got a masters in Organizational Development, and got introduced to the MBTI. I had always thought that I was a little strange, and through the MBTI discovered that I had INTJ preferences, and indeed was a little strange, but it was OK to be that way. I found out about BAAPT, joined the Board, and faithfully attended meetings for a ten year period.
I used the MBTI extensively to train a few thousand people in high tech companies as part of a three day MBA program that I designed using Keirsey’s temperament model (sections on logistics, tactics, strategy and people). I became President of the Educational Products Division of a high tech company, and used the MBTI extensively in both internal and external workshops. My work with the MBTI saved me thousands of dollars in therapy, and was a lot of fun!
I went back into high tech and started a computer consulting company, and pretty much left the type community for about 10 years. Towards the end of my career, I guess I felt compelled to develop my inferior functions, so I bought several window covering franchises. I had to learn to use tools and deal with women on a day to day basis for the first time in my life, really exercising my Sensing and Feeling functions for the first time. A very difficult growth experience and fortunately I only incurred small injuries from using power tools and no injuries from women!
I sold my businesses and tried to retire in Mexico, but only lasted 3 months, although I still maintain a home in Mexico and visit often. I became interested in the mortgage crisis, and became a Certified Fraud Examiner and Expert Witness. I conducted audits of bank wrongdoings in illegally foreclosing on homes and wrongfully denying loan modifications, and worked with attorneys to file lawsuits against banks. Very stressful but fulfilling work.
Lately, in an attempt to slowdown entropy and keep my neurons firing, I am learning a new programming language (Python) and getting a certificate in Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, which has been a lifelong interest. I am also developing a series of e-learning courses that I plan to deliver on the Internet using some of the new authoring technologies that have become available.