What are you good at?

Oct 30, 2006
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A thread in the Relationship forum got me to thinking about this question.

What are you good at and how did it happen? Shopping and TPF are not answers.

I'll start.

I am a pretty great cook and baker. I take on some complicated recipes. I only really started getting good after the economy crashed and we stopped eating out so much.

I am good at personal finance stuff. I was working at a pension consulting firm and I started noticing that all the young women analysts would start working there and say they couldn't afford to contribute to their 401k. So I started nagging all of them into it. I would show them the dramatic impact starting when they were 25 compared to when they were 30 or 40 would have and they were sold.

I was embarrassed once because when I was 25, a much older male coworker was talking about mutual funds and I didn't know what they were. I didn't like feeling embarrassed and ignorant so I studied up on all of it.

I am good at thinking up creative ways to teach my kids stuff. As an example, I teach my kids about economics using the tooth fairy. Sometimes the tooth fairly leaves a lot and sometimes she leaves disappointingly little. I explain this to my kids by saying 'supply and demand'. When they ask what I mean by this, I say well, the tooth fairy either had a lot of teeth available (supply) or she didn't need many (demand) or vice versa.

What are YOU good and and how did it come about?
 

boxermom

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I'm good at needlework, though my arthritis keeps me from doing much anymore. I learned needlepoint from a neighbor when I admired a piece she had completed. I learned crewel with my mother while on vacation in northern Michigan, and my mother taught me counted cross stitch. Like most needleworkers, I have drawers and boxes of pieces to finish.

I'm good with animals. Spent part of my childhood on a farm and later just with several horses on our property. And always had dogs. My parents told me that the large animals always quieted down when I was around them.
 

thedesigner

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I am good at thinking up creative ways to teach my kids stuff. As an example, I teach my kids about economics using the tooth fairy. Sometimes the tooth fairly leaves a lot and sometimes she leaves disappointingly little. I explain this to my kids by saying 'supply and demand'. When they ask what I mean by this, I say well, the tooth fairy either had a lot of teeth available (supply) or she didn't need many (demand) or vice versa.
That's awesome! :biggrin: A great thing to teach kids at a young age too.
I actually still have a bag of all my baby teeth (gross, I know), because instead of getting a couple of dollars for one tooth, I wanted it all in one lump sum. Unfortunately I didn't know about interest back then and by the time I thought I could cash it in, it wasn't worth letting them go.

I'm good at understanding and innovating technical aspects of materials and products, because that's my passion and job. I like to think I'm good at aesthetic designing too, but that's subjective. :P

Outside work, I'm pretty good at understanding and relating to people and can have pretty deep and meaningful conversations with anyone, even if I don't know them.
I love psychology and understanding people. :smile:
 

graebelle

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I am good at not procrastinating- When things need to get done, I get them done even if i have "time" to wait. I guess all the years in school has made me good at accomplishing tasks asap so the stress does not build up.
 
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