This course includes four days of video sessions and email-based course materials. You can purchase this course for anytime, on-demand access. The cost is $195.
I have three siblings. All brothers.
We all know who my mom’s favorite is: Brother number two. And we all know who the smartest one is: Brother number three. But the one who is the most fun to talk to is brother number one.
(Before we go on, I’m sure you’re wondering where I fit here. I am smarter than brother number two, who we all agree is the dumbest of all of us. But when it comes to social skills, brother number two is so far and away better than all of us, that he would be insulted to hear that I am ranking one of us so close to him as to be social skills second best.)
So anyway, brother number one is the most fun to talk to. And now I know why: He’s an INTP.
For him, there is nothing too sacred to challenge, and nothing too complicated to research. He’s in finance but spends a lot of his time talking (to anyone who will listen) about why most finance guys are full of shit.
Sometimes this brother has been unemployed, but he seems to have the same thirst for knowledge when he’s unemployed as he does when he’s investing five billion dollars. It’s all the same to him: He says what if this, did you read, I’ve been thinking, did you notice. That’s how he is.
God help me if I disagree with his line of reasoning. For example, he thinks Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds are a great way to solve world hunger. This is heresy where I live, because Monsanto prevents farmers from planting their own corn seeds. (Yes, Monsanto takes small family farmers to court. And wins.) My brother used a scolding voice to tell me Monsanto is doing the world a service.
My brother’s universe is about questions and facts and more questions about the facts. He is not so much interested in answers (like, what is the key to solving world hunger?) he is more interested in asking sharper and sharper questions: should we sell modified seeds in order to grow corn more efficiently? He can parse a big question into ten thousand questions that no one else would have considered.
Well, no one except an INTP.
The upside of an INTP is that I can talk to my brother every day when I make lunch and suddenly making lunch is more fun. The downside is clear when my sister in law, who gets way more INTP than most of us, says to him, “Okay, okay, we heard you. Now be quiet.”
What she means by that is, “In order for life to progress we need to be practical and to take peoples’ feelings into account.” She understands this emotional input is not intuitive to an INTP.
My INTP brother is the king of scheduling meetings. It seems that anyone in finance will take a meeting with him. Not because he has a billion dollars, but because people like to know what he’s thinking. They wonder what he’s been reading. They wonder what is his take on the pedestrian topics that are no longer pedestrian in his hands.
In the world of introverts, INTPs are pretty outspoken. They have two modes of being: investigating or reporting on the investigations. Which means they have a lot to say, and mostly, they can’t believe no one else want to talk about what they want to talk about. An INTP can wear anyone out with their questions, so see my brother in the picture? That’s him visiting the farm. When he has exhausted our ability to follow his line of queries, he picks up the phone to see if someone else is interested.
Traits of an INTP: serial hobbyist, internally motivated, analytical and imaginative. How do these add up to a successful, fulfilling career in a world that is largely too conventional for an INTP? This course will tell you.
Session One: Find people who won’t annoy you . (And where have they been all your life?)
INTPs are known for their brilliant theories and unrelenting logic – in fact, they are considered the most logically precise of all the personality types. This means you need to be able to recognize illogical types before they can get near you: People who rely on their rank. People who lie. People who are overly emotional. You will never work well with these types.
This session will also help you target the people who will enhance your life. Who will be fun to debate? Who will be a good sounding board? And, of course, why is it so hard for you to get a date? We will ask all these questions, and since I’m an ENTJ and not an INTP, we will actually answer the questions as well.
Session Two: How to make a decision. (Find someone to do it for you!)
Look, you’re not going to ever have enough information to make a decision. Which is fine with you, of course, because closure is not your sweet spot. Fortunately, decision makers love you because you help them make better decisions. So stick around them – they’ll make you look less crazy.
(Hold it. Did you know people think you’re crazy? Yes. They do. They think you don’t understand how the world works even as you ask more questions than anyone to understand how the world works.) Find the way people succeed without having to make those random, ill-conceived decisions that plague most top leaders.
Session Three: Resume rescue for the INTP.
Most creative thinkers have irregular career trajectories. INTPs are extreme versions of this. Fortunately, because the INTP is very useful to rigid, hierarchical types, the INTP resume can always be saved. This session will tell you how to rework your resume to get the best job for you.
You’ll also learn how to sell yourself in an interview. The hiring process is often emotional, which is an uncomfortable spot for you. This session will show you how to focus any interviewer on your stunning ability to spot patterns and discrepancies before anyone else. Because in most cases, that’s what you’re selling in an interview.
Session Four: Ask me anything (and I’ll try to keep up!)
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