current state of mind: queasy
Please don't change, please don't break
The only thing that seems to work at all is you
Please don't change, at all from me to you,
And you to me
~ “Real World” by Matchbox Twenty
I am an INTJ. I sit directly across from an INFJ. We are both left-handed. We share initials. On our Strength Finders chart we share 3 of our Top 5 Strengths. We have similar tastes in music and snack food. INTJs make up approximately 2 – 4% of the population. INFJs hold an even smaller percentage. If we look at Keirsey and his “temperament sorter”, INFJ is an Introspective-Idealist-Mentor-Counselor; a “guiding” force. On the other hand, I am an Introspective-Rational-Coordinator-Mastermind; an “entailer”.
I am a fan of being a “Mastermind”. Per Wikipedia, (which is the easiest site to cut and paste from for this example):
Masterminds are introspective, pragmatic, directive, and attentive. As strategists, they are better than any other type at brainstorming approaches to situations. Masterminds are capable but not eager leaders, stepping forward only when it becomes obvious to them that they are the best for the job. Strong-willed and very self-assured, they may make this decision quickly, as they tend to make all decisions . . . Masterminds are highly pragmatic, and they will put forth a great deal of time and effort to implement effective ideas. They are driven to solve complex problems and to create organized, decided, and executed solutions . . .”
The areas where I am not so strong have to do with being charismatic and friendly and awesome with people. I am not bad with people – generally – it just requires a lot of effort on my part to be social and outgoing. While attending a work networking event recently, I was able to combine my quirkiness with my bravery to meet some new peeps and make a lasting impression.
A group of coworkers were chatting at the event. I approached the only one I knew and said “hello”. Luckily the others in the group were far more adept at these sorts of events and each introduced himself to me. Two of the gentlemen were in town from another location. I asked them the standard question, “Oh, so where are y’all staying?” Here is how the conversation progressed:
“The Hilton,” they said in unison.
“Oh, great. Are you on the executive floor?” I asked.
“Yeah, actually we are,” one of them responded.
“Perfect,” I stated. “Here is what I need you to do. Tonight when you get back, contact housekeeping and let them know you need some extra Peter Thomas Roth lotions and body washes. Then put those in a bag and bring them to me tomorrow.”
At this point in the conversation, the group was staring at me in amusement. The two travelers, however, were clearly thinking this over. One of them asked, “Um, why did you ask if we were on the executive floor?”
“Oh, because Hilton doesn’t give the body wash out on any other level.”
I went on to explain how expensive Peter Thomas Roth products are and that they are not the first people I have asked to “hook a girl up”. They all nodded as if that made all the sense in the world. And the next morning, bright and early, they delivered a bag of Peter Thomas Roth to my desk. Then, to show their dedication to the cause, the guys brought me more Peter Thomas Roth the next day. Therefore, my stash has been replenished and as long as people who stay at Hilton keep their promises, I should be able to maintain my current toiletry lifestyle for the foreseeable future. Woot! Woot!
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PERSONAL NOTE: I’m sorry I was mean to you. I know you were just trying to offer an incentive so that I can achieve my goal. My apologies.
CONFIDENTIAL NOTE: While I had no expectations, I am still happy that you were so kind when we spoke. Thank you and all the best.