Friday, July 29, 2011

Outstanding In Your Field

How good are you at your profession? A lot of people are masters at anything they do, kind of like our Daughter Melissa, anything she attempts she masters 100%, multitasking she makes look easy while single tasking I seem to struggle with, I suppose she must take after her Mom.

Jack of all trades, Master of none is the category I fall into, although anything I attempt I like to do as close to perfect as I can, Outstanding in my field is the category I’d really like to fall into.

As a Construction worker I was a quick learner and soon was able to do my job without supervision, I never ran a crew or owned my own company so I suppose I was good enough, even though not outstanding, as a telephone repairman I was good, I found and fixed outages a lot of repairmen missed, but I never got to drive the truck, not outstanding I suppose, and speaking of trucks I actually drove a Coke truck for a while not outstanding but I did find a lot of shortcuts that a big truck would fit into, I also found that you can’t turn on a dime at 70 mph without spilling some Coke.

As a meter repairman and Serviceman for the water company I’d say that I was as close to perfect as you can get, I had my own shop and trained a lot of men to read meters, I learned all aspects of the business and was one test away from having the highest certification offered, I had to retire due to my health and never got to take that last test, not outstanding once again.

Of all my jobs I can’t recall any I would say I failed at, even though retirement is still one I am trying to master, I filled enough positions to be mistaken for one of the Village People and even though I was never outstanding at any I am pretty content now, I guess I can be considered outstanding after all, because on most days when Cindy is looking for me to do something that’s exactly where she finds me, right in the category I always wished for, yes I’ll admit she sometimes finds me:
 
Out Standing In The Field

9 comments:

  1. This is a great post Jimmy. I love it. There are a lot of people who are just fine in the middle of the road. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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  2. "Jack of all trades, Master of none is the category I fall into, although anything I attempt I like to do as close to perfect as I can...."

    I'm the same way, Jimmy! I've had about a millions different jobs in my life because I like to learn and experience different things. Like you, I think I got as close to perfect as I could. The only job I did and was HORRIBLE at was being a waiter. I'm truly the worst, I admit it. I cannot multitask as well a most people can when waitering.

    I think I pretty mastered what I do now. Selling. I enjoy it because I don't really think of it as selling, but more as a service I'm providing. I enjoy being of service to people.

    "I am pretty content now, I guess I can be considered outstanding after all..."

    Good for you, my friend! And you're right....being contented is outstanding because so few people are.

    Great post, buddy! Hope you and Cindy are having an awesome time!

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. But on the other side of the coin, look at what you have achieved in your life....good husband, friend, Grandpa and everything else that you have worked for.
    Agree with Ron that being contented with you lot in life is more important than anything else.

    Hope you and Cindy are having a great time! Big hugs to you both!

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  4. Look at you in that AC DC shirt! Looking good! Oh, and you are and outstanding storyteller!

    PS: I can't do that multi-tasking thing either. Used to, but not anymore.

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  5. You are outstanding in the field of life! Sounds like you learned a lot of skills in your jobs. I am always striving to be better at mine. I think it's when people stop trying that they stop growing.

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  6. Great play on words in the photo!

    I guess I'd say I'm a darned good wife. He's kept me for 25 years!

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  7. Great post Jimmy! I'm with you...
    I know just enough about most things to get by, but not enough about anything to be called an expert.

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  8. I appreciate all of you and can relate to what Pat said for sure:

    "I know just enough about most things to get by, but not enough about anything to be called an expert."

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  9. I like that that you say {as|like} my friend thanks

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