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Learning to appreciate your own talents

At a client site last week, I was cleaning up their books a bit.  I've always marveled at the speed and skill of other seasoned professionals when I see them at work.  I suppose you always want what you don't possess.  With decades of experience, I suppose I take my talents for granted and when people make mention of mine, I am sincerely surprised.
 
Last week, I was at a client site.  The lady I met with was suspicious of me because I looked nothing like the video I have on my website.  The reason for that is I'm not as polished a salesperson as the actor in my video.  I was afraid I might come off as dry as toast had I appeared on the internet "commercial".  Anyway, it was nice to hear her compliments while I was working on the books.  Only then did I remember that to others my work might appear quick and polished.
 
I am in the process of reading the biography of Bobby Fischer.  In the book, it makes mention of a comment I've read and heard countless times.  It takes 10,000 hours to master something.  With decades of experience, I'm sure I have reached and surpassed the 10,000 hour mark.
 
Perhaps I should thank the good Lord for my blessings.  Like many others, I always want more.  I want to become a chess master (maybe a small chance in the long distant future).  I want to be a Wimbledon open class chess champion (not a chance), I want to reach a certain weight (a constant struggle). I want, I want, I want.
 
I hope I can be content with all that God is providing me and can appreciate what I do have.  Perhaps then I can be at peace with myself in this world.
 
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Richard J. Garcia | 02/20/2011