27 years of problem solving as a Systems Engineer has given me a unique perspective. A significant part of my job has been to learn and understand new technologies very quickly. Often I will be confronted with a problem in a domain that I am not familiar with, and the expectations are to learn the domain and solve the problem. This always seems to happen on a tight schedule, I didn’t have a lot of time to figure things out. It’s like a game of speed chess, but without knowing the rules of chess. Management just want results, and the faster the better. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. I’ve worked on satellite technology and ground stations, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and several weather satellite and data imaging systems.
However, I was struggling with my soft skills. I wanted to become a more well-rounded person, with success in all aspects of my life. So I decided to apply my engineering skills to solve other problems in the areas of health, wealth, and relationships. I’m a regular guy just like everyone else does. I worry about things that keep me up at night. Will I have enough money to retire? How’s my health? What am I going to do when I’m older? Will my kid be OK? What can I do to make an impact on the world? What will be my legacy?
I love home projects, I’m a do-it-yourself kind of guy. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction when I look at a completed project, knowing that I did it. I also love to learn. In this modern age of technology, we have so many sources of knowledge which I take advantage of as often as possible. Books are the first source of information most people turn to. Think about it, someone can succeed or fail for decades and write it down in a book. You can buy that book for 10 dollars and read over a weekend. What a great way to learn from people’s mistakes and expand your wisdom. Audio books are also an invaluable source of information. I listen to them all the time while working out, going for a walk, or just doing day to day activities. And it’s great for long drives or commutes on the train.
The most revolutionary source of information in the history of mankind is the World Wide interWebs. The web is full of valuable information, and the best part is it’s searchable – that’s huge. Within the internet you will find YouTube, the modern version of television. There are many educational videos to be found there, great for DIY people. Just avoid the click bait. YouTube is my television.
I also teach Latin dance, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Cha Cha for 15 years. I love wine tastings, improv comedy class, and working out (biking, running, kayaking and strength training).