My 7 amazing skills

In which I list the reasons I am not that bad.

Self-deprecation is a British past-time, we don’t really go in for trumpet blowing. As a native of those isles I follow this national stereotype like an ardent tea drinker. There is very few times I stand up and say I am good at something preferring to sit down and let others take the credit.

What if I wasn’t so humble? Maybe I should take the opportunity to tell the world what I am good at? Do I have a unique ability or skill that I want to shout about and get my horn out for a blowing?

The simple answer is no.

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Being good at Excel is a skill

In which I show off my INDEX/MATCH rather than a VLOOKUP.

I made Mrs G very happy last night by demonstrating some of my talented finger skills, I was able to do something within a few minutes it would have taken her a while to do if she had been left to her own devices.

She has many skills, and being an English teacher is one of them, but when it comes to spreadsheets I rule the roost in Casa Ergo Sum. I live in a world of Excel and various analytics packages so when it comes to messing around with a simple table of data I can do it with my eyes closed (of course they are open as otherwise I couldn’t build the pivot table).

I generally kick and scream about being labelled as the number’s guy (or more recently the data monkey) because that is not what my job and skills are about. Just as an economist is not someone who just looks at the economy a data analyst isn’t just about the data.

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Scales and IF formulas

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

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.

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I have my skills

Self-deprecation is a British past-time, we don’t really go in for trumpet blowing. As a native of those isles I follow this national stereotype like an ardent tea drinker. There is very few times I stand up and say I am good at something preferring to sit down and let others take the credit.

Yet I must be good at some things, if I was a complete failure I’m not sure I would be in such a good place in life. So what if I wasn’t so humble? Maybe I should take the opportunity to tell the world what I am good at? Do I have a unique ability or skill that I want to shout about and get my horn out for a blowing?

The simple answer is no.

Self-deprecation is a British past-time, we don’t really go in for trumpet blowing. As a native of those isles I follow this national stereotype like an ardent tea drinker. There is very few times I stand up and say I am good at something preferring to sit down and let others take the credit.

Yet I must be good at some things, if I was a complete failure I’m not sure I would be in such a good place in life. So what if I wasn’t so humble? Maybe I should take the opportunity to tell the world what I am good at? Do I have a unique ability or skill that I want to shout about and get my horn out for a blowing?

The simple answer is no.

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