Scales and IF formulas

In which I wish I had better skills than Excel formulas.

Messy desk at work

I’m sure most of us have sat down and discussed which superpowers they would like, but have you ever sat and thought what real-life talent you would most like. None of use are ever going to fly or shoot lasers from our eyes, but there is always the chance you could be good at something. Perhaps its being able to cook like a Michelin chef or be exceedingly good at woodwork.

Talents are different from abilities, you have to work at them to achieve anything. Someone (Usain Bolt) may be born with the ability to run really fast, but no one ever just sat in front of a keyboard and wrote a critically acclaimed book. To be talented in something you have to work at your craft until it appears as though it is an ability.

Look at The Beatles, the fact they appeared on the music scene with this amazing ability to write hit after hit ignores the fact that they spent many hard years honing their talents playing in bars in Hamburg and Liverpool.

I’m often complimented on my talents on a computer, my spreadsheets are pretty amazing and I can often wring out the most in a software package, but I have spent many hours over many years on them. Being able to do fancy things in Excel is not some kind of superpower, it’s practice.

Of all the talents I wish I had, the one I want the most is to be musical. I was learning to play the trumpet at school but, being young and impatient, wanted to go straight from making a noise to playing in a philharmonic orchestra. In fact I still have that problem now, I don’t want to put in the hard work…I want the instant gratification. I want someone to put a disc in the machine and ‘know kung-fu’.

I would love to play the piano, be able to sit and play a 30 minute piece of music from memory. I want to be able to do what these guys can do. I want to be able to place myself in front of a piano keyboard and press those keys the way I do on a Qwerty.

To be able to play a piece of Beethoven like an Index/Match formula, or compose a ditty as pretty as a set of nicely formatted tables. To be able to play something as complicated as a VBA macro.

Alas it is unlikely to be, I have spent many years of honing my Excel skills and had plenty of time at work to practice. I want to be able to play the piano perfectly now.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Practice Makes Perfect?.”

Tell us about a talent you’d love to have… but don’t.

Author: Daddysaurus

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

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