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post #1 of 16
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I got the idea from this thread from my talk about Ping Pong in the Yahoo! Pool thread.

I'm wondering: What two or three things are you REALLY good at in life? It could be anything from cooking to painting, curling to skiing, writing to 3-D animation. In other words, if you died today and your friends were talking about you, what would make them go, "Man, he/she WAS really good at that."? Be honest, and don't feel bad about tooting your own horn. Surely there's at least one thing about you that people compliment you on all the time. What is it/are they?

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Mine are Ping Pong, conversation, and audio/video production abilities, not really in that order.

Ping Pong: I've just gotten better and better over the last few years. We have a table in my student center, so we play a lot. I'm no Olympic contender, but I could hold my own against most "normal" people.

Conversation: I'm really good at talking with people, especially when they're going through rough times. I'd like to think that I've developed a communication style that makes it easy for people to share things with me, and then get good feedback in return. My friend Erica has said that she enjoys spending time with me, because she never feels like we have to DO anything. We can just hang out and yak at each other, and we're cool with that.

Audio/Video Production Abilities: For years now I've been doing some sort of a/v work with my church, school, job, etc. It may be running a sound system, editing a video, etc., but I've gotten quite a "reputation" for my abilities in those areas. People always like to ask me to do stuff in those areas, because they know I'll do a good job.
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post #2 of 16
I'm one of those guys who's pretty good at everything, but not superb at anything. This allows me to "play my cards" in a variety of ways, and so different people know me for entirely different things. So the bottom line is that I am particularly good at self-promotion. A great deal of people at Princeton know who I am, though very few actually know much about me. Then there's another group of people who know a lot about me, yet don't know who I am. When the gap is filled, then those people tend to remember me quite well, and then they pass on the crazy stories, twisted-though-community-propagation.

It sounds like something out of a college movie, but it's the truth, though it's obviously not as out-of-proportion as it is in Hollywood.
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I'm like Splinemodel except going to the hardest high school in the state, it's not good enough to be 'pretty good' at lots of stuff. I really need to be excellent at engligh and history and math, which I am not. But I have the same thing regarding how people know me. Some people know me as a complete computer nerd, some know me as a "jock," some know me as the preppy kid, and some know me as the "hot Abercrombie & Polo dude" (no lies). It can be pretty cool being able to pull off so many things but also really annoying cause nobody knows everything about what I can do. Sorry for getting off topic. My point is I'm a man of many hats.

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post #4 of 16
I'm pretty good at writing when I feel inspired.
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post #5 of 16
Im like spline model. I can write quite well when I have a reason to, but I almost never have a reason. Other than that I do almost everything, however none of it is "great", just "good".
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post #6 of 16
A lot of Renassaince men here. Not surprising: most of the people I know who are like me are Apple fans.

But as I said, I AM excellent at self-promotion. That's one thing that I'm especially good at, though it's not a particular skill: more like a well-calibrated co-operation among many skills, and a lot of thinking different(ly). Being eccentric is THE way to become known. The trick is making your eccentricies seem cool.

By the way, G4 Dude, I wasn't very well known at high school at all, aside from the fact that everyone knew each other since the my class was 71 strong. I was just the guy with the high Physics grade who was the editor of the newspaper, but my high school was based on a jock-ocracy, and I didn't play football or lacrosse. College can be much different than high school.
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[quote]Originally posted by Splinemodel:
<strong>A lot of Renassaince men here. Not surprising: most of the people I know who are like me are Apple fans.

But as I said, I AM excellent at self-promotion. That's one thing that I'm especially good at, though it's not a particular skill: more like a well-calibrated co-operation among many skills, and a lot of thinking different(ly). Being eccentric is THE way to become known. The trick is making your eccentricies seem cool.

By the way, G4 Dude, I wasn't very well known at high school at all, aside from the fact that everyone knew each other since the my class was 71 strong. I was just the guy with the high Physics grade who was the editor of the newspaper, but my high school was based on a jock-ocracy, and I didn't play football or lacrosse. College can be much different than high school.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Well, my class is 59 strong so beat that! Glad to hear college is different (you meant that in a good way right?)
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post #8 of 16
Critical thought. Deconstructing things. Like Western culture. Understanding different points of view.
Seeing things for what they are instead of what we have come to accept them as being. Which leads into...

Art. These days, like the last four years, all on computers. I make nifty stuff, I think. I'd post some pics, but, well, I'm lazy. Stereoscopic virtual sculptures crafted from data, mostly genetic data, though these days I use media (TV commercials, etc) to build with. Both of these lead into...

Conversation. I'm an intellectual, and so are most of my friends. I love chatting with pals over beers, ranting, raving, cracking jokes. In fact, I really can't stand shallow, 2 dimensional frat boys or hootchie girls. I hate Britany Spears.

Those three things (and their immediate extensions like computers, etc) are what I'm good at. Everything else falls by the wayside.Occasionally hygeine, diet, grades, etc.

When I finish (art) school I hope I land a decent job that excercises at LEAST one of those things, preferably two or three.
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post #9 of 16
Most of my friends are most fond of my photography. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, I've been working on documentaries of people... most of it is taken around Boston... on the subway, in the airport. Some of the images are quite moving, and maybe it's just me, but the amount of emotion that can be conveyed in a good image, a good print, is immense. Recently I've been talking to Boston EMS about a documentary on Paramedics. I'm a certified EMT, and am using that to get permission to ride with the Dorchester BostonEMS paramedic crews. Hopefully at some point this summer I can start.

I think the other thing would be ambition. I've pushed for more in my life so far than a lot of people ever get to do: Next stop, United States Marine Corps. I'll be comissioned as a Second Lieutenant officer in about a year and a half when I finish my degree

I think the better question to ask would be...

What have you given back to the world?

The way we really make our life worthwhile is by giving back; contributing. I can't remember if I read it in a book, or saw it in a movie... but there was this scene with a father and his son. They're in his study, and the father asks his son, "What have you given back to the world?", to which his son replies, "I don't know, what have you given back?". His father then answers, "Well, I had one of my poems published once...".

I'm probably remembering it a lot different than how I initially read it, and therefore overdramatizing, but it really made me think. So every year or so I ask myself what I've given back, and try and come up with an answer. I'd like to say that my photographs have meant something to the people that look at them. That they can convey some sort of emotion into the viewer, and that it inspires them, or makes them cry; affects them. That's what I've given back so far

Anyhow, sort of tangential, but I felt it applicable...
post #10 of 16
I'm the greatest. I'm truly awesome. My intellectual, athletic, and sexual prowess are only guessed at by those who know me. I try to hide my myriad of talents from my acquaintances, partially out of genuine modesty, and partially because otherwise people would be too overwhelmed by my mere presence.

I won't list my skills and abilities here, because I don't wish to make others feel pathetic and inconsequential in comparison to me, the Great One. A light shines forth from me - an aura of quality, intelligence, wisdom, skill, knowledge, and truth. In short, I rule! (raises fist in air)
post #11 of 16
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
I'm the greatest. I'm truly awesome. My intellectual, athletic, and sexual prowess...<hr></blockquote>

Weelll, I can see that those post-dissertation self-esteem classes are going great...
post #12 of 16
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>I'm the greatest. I'm truly awesome. My intellectual, athletic, and sexual prowess are only guessed at by those who know me. I try to hide my myriad of talents from my acquaintances, partially out of genuine modesty, and partially because otherwise people would be too overwhelmed by my mere presence.

I won't list my skills and abilities here, because I don't wish to make others feel pathetic and inconsequential in comparison to me, the Great One. A light shines forth from me - an aura of quality, intelligence, wisdom, skill, knowledge, and truth. In short, I rule! (raises fist in air)</strong><hr></blockquote>

Ah, how I missed the wonderful Democrat's creed: "Hate yourself, you are foolish, only a group of us can be right."

The truth is that there are some things not worth being humble about. If you ask me what I do well, I will tell you.
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post #13 of 16
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I'd say another I'm really good at (and I'm not sure if a lot of people notice this about me) is that I have the potential to be good at whatever I apply myself to.

Where most people may be good at one thing, and everything else -- no matter how hard they try -- they aren't so great at; I usually excel at whatever I really try hard at. The only exception to this would be most athletics. I'm good at games where a ball must be hit with a racket or paddle, but everything else really falters.

Now do I try hard at everything I do? Of course not. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
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[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>I'm the greatest. I'm truly awesome. My intellectual, athletic, and sexual prowess are only guessed at by those who know me. I try to hide my myriad of talents from my acquaintances, partially out of genuine modesty, and partially because otherwise people would be too overwhelmed by my mere presence.

I won't list my skills and abilities here, because I don't wish to make others feel pathetic and inconsequential in comparison to me, the Great One. A light shines forth from me - an aura of quality, intelligence, wisdom, skill, knowledge, and truth. In short, I rule! (raises fist in air)</strong><hr></blockquote>

<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
post #15 of 16
Hey BRussell, I can't see that light shining from you. Bend over a bit more.
post #16 of 16
My true talent is going to exams in high school/college (different school system). The total of my exams were in the top 0,1-0,2% the country the year I graduated. And that without doing anything before one month before the exam . Unfortunately that time is over and Uni is a completely other story. I´m in the best half but can´t get my ass in gear to get higher grades so its my own fault. But then again I rather do what I like (both in and outside uni).

My other gift is to be able to communicate with people and to build social relationships. I have worked from high up in our largest telecom company with the bosses to shelters for drug addicts, mentally ill, prostitutes and homeless people and always been able to build relationships as equals with everybody. I always insist on talking to a person as ... a person first and foremost. Not as a schitzofrenic, CEO, customer, professor or co student.
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