What are your special gifts?

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  1. 63dot macrumors 603

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    What are you naturally good at, and is it something that is related to your career or hobbies?

    I was a techie, studied law, and did landscape gardening. But my real gift is math/physics. But I could never picture myself doing math/physics for a living. :)

    I know a man who can dunk a basketball without jumping but he has no interest in playing that sport. He's tall, of course, and coordinated.

    Share your stories.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    <shakes head>
    You're making it way too easy on me!

    I'm naturally good at not answering questions. ;)
     
  3. skunk macrumors G4

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  4. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816

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    I am pretty good at math too, calculus wasn't hard for me, but I hated it and I am so glad I am done with it :)

    I am also pretty good at learning quickly.
     
  5. Lau Guest

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    It's an interesting question, when so many careers are so specialised and yet most people do have a wide range of skills that they never get to use. And, as you point out, you can be good at something but have no desire to have a career based on that skill or even use it at all.

    It's something I've been thinking about more recently. I'm fairly good at various householdy type things. I can cook well, and make stuff, sew clothes and bags, fix bikes and other bits, make basic furniture and similar out of wood, that sort of thing.

    It's useful for day-to-day living, but it's hard to find a way to incorporate that into a career though. A recent career change into the world of illustration has meant I'm much closer to that than I was in an office, and I certainly appreciate having a bit more time to make something rather than have to buy it, but it would be good to find a way to incorporate more of those things in my plan for World Domination Via Colouring In.

    I probably would have been quite handy in medieval times, though, or at least the 1950s. ;) I imagine a lot of that kind of stuff was a bit more useful then.
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    It seems that you too are pretty good at calculus. I shall not continue...
     
  7. Lau Guest

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    On the contrary, I've always found calculus really hard. :eek:
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Calculus is difficult to understand, I'm sure.



    I'm good at running really fast, but I'm 28 and have arthritis, and 28 year olds who don't run often anymore (and haven't sprinted in over 10 years) also lose that ability rather quickly, I think. It's still good though. While I wouldn't win, I wouldn't embarrass myself if I was sprinting with 20 year olds.
     
  9. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

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    I am one of those people who can do stupid tricks...double jointed in several places, able to make these disgusting noises with my stomach and able to dislocate my shoulders on my own..its sorta gross
     
  10. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    well at least you admit it ;) :p
     
  11. cheekybobcat macrumors 6502a

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    Woodworking actually. I don't possess the tools necessary for me to be able to continue woodworking but I took 2 years of wood shop and excelled tremendously. The teacher had me working on some of his own personal projects and ones that students in his advanced classes were working on.
     
  12. ghall macrumors 68040

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    That's levitation homes!

    I've got the power to kill a yak from 200 yards away, with mind bullets. :p
     
  13. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I have super sewing powers. I know, LAME!!!

    My Home Economics teacher gave me a plaque too!:cool:
     
  14. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    That's not lame at all. Sewing is a very valuable skill that goes unappreciated these days. I hope to learn myself in the future. :)

    As for me, I have a general set of skills that would make me good for a variety of jobs, but no special or unique talents that I would choose to focus on, except for maybe creative writing. I would like to write a book at some point, but with school and work and bills and life, where would I find the time? :eek:
     
  15. iBlue macrumors Core

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    I'm brilliant at doing some unknown thing to piss people off into irrational chronic hatred towards me. Because of that I am ace at removing knives from my back. This seems to be my 'special gift'. That and Tetris... those little pieces are my bitches. Balance is restored.
     
  16. Prof. macrumors 601

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    LMFAOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    That's why you're one of my fav MR users. You're funny as hell.:D
     
  17. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I'm pretty handy around the house. I can almost always fix annoying leaking sinks and running toilets and stuff.

    More importantly I'm excellent inter-personally...I've been called a 'charmer', if you will. I can smooth talk my way though just about anything and I never, ever, ever forget a face. Making friends, meeting girls, impressing teachers/bosses, and talking myself out of sticky situations has always come very naturally. It helps me get what I want from people, and I have no enemies, really. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to translate to the telephone, with which I quickly dig myself into holes and stay stupid things.

    I'm dreadful at math.
     
  18. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I have a talent for the piano (and music in general) and also have absolute pitch.
     
  19. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    I'm naturally good at art, although a school teacher once crushed any hope I had of me progressing... she would constantly contradict me, I guess it was the long hair I had at the time :rolleyes:

    I also have a good ability at learning and playing many instruments.

    I inherited both of these traits from my mum, who is far better at art and is far more musically gifted than I am.

    EDIT: psycoswimmer, you should enter for pop idol or something :p I've yet to meet someone with absolute pitch, it's a pretty good gift to have.
     
  20. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    I am able to effortlessly waste time at mac-centric websites.
     
  21. skunk macrumors G4

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    I am able to effortlessly split an infinitive.
     
  22. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    I love to figure out broken devises and repair them. Mostly things in apartments :D

    I have had the curiosity to do this from a wee tyke of the age of 8.
     
  23. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    We have that in common.
     
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