Learning to appreciate your own talentsAt 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