Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Marketable Talent

A few lucky writers. A few lucky artists.

Many teachers, metallurgists, engineers, actuaries, trainers, sales people...

I'm in a rut. Found a speed bump too steep. (I know those two are opposite images, but they translate to the same thing.)

I've decided not to try to finish my education at this time, which means waiting until I can afford it on my own (and based on that I have little to no marketable talent and no sign of a career, that may never happen) or racking up huge student loans.

I'm not fit for the military, and if I tried getting in, they'd probably turn me down anyway.

Back to the list above. It could be longer. It is longer, but I just don't have the inclination, incentive or the imagination to keep going. It's not easy for me to come up with a list of things other people are good at that can be sold to an employer. The fact of the matter is, listing my talents is a much shorter and easier list, even with the fact the I'm a "jack of all some trades, master of none."

-I can throw together an architectural sketch well enough to pin down an idea, but not much more.

-I can put together a poem worth an Honorable Mention is any local competition in about thirty minutes, but never anything regional or place-worthy.

-I can dream, usually remember it, and sometimes rarely control it.

-I can design a webpage, sometimes code it, but nothing worthy of more than a private citizen's website.

-I can come up with ideas, but never polish them.

-I can put my nose to the grindstone without complaint even in the worst conditions.

Is it sad that the last one is my most marketable skill? I think so.