Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Skills Olympics

I read that there is a competition called the Skills Olympics where they have events like welding, bricklaying, and other kinds of skills.  Notice these are skills – they aren’t purely physical like weightlifting and they aren’t purely knowledge based like doing crossword puzzles.  People compete in each event for medals like with the sports Olympics.

But I was thinking, imagine the incredible person who could win a skills decathalon (I don’t think they actually have one).  Imagine who could possibly be good at (these were listed in the article as events):
  • Bricklaying
  • Sock darning
  • Pastry baking
  • Massage
  • Clothing retail merchandising
  • Welding
  • And then four more. 
 What kind of person did you imagine?  Who would be good at so many different kinds of skills?  What would their background be?  What would it take to get good as such diversity?

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