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Bill Bergeman


10 Things At Which I Have No Interest In Getting Better

Sometimes we should work on our weaknesses, while other times the value relative to the work just isn't worth it.

    1. Becoming more productive.

    Maybe it's me getting older, but I tire of seeing all the endless productivity tips and tricks floating around the internet as if being productive is the be-all, end-all of life.

    I'm quite productive at what I need to accomplish each day. Once my priority list is complete, I'm going to enjoy life and not worry about optimizing every minute of the day.

    2. Small talk.

    I always hear how I can connect better with people if I got better at small talk, blah blah.

    I'm okay at small talk, for about two, three minutes. Then I yawn and want to walk away.

    If we haven't figured out in three minutes whether or not we have more interesting topics to discuss than the weather and your new haircut, then I see no reason to keep talking. We simply aren't meant to connect on a deeper level, and there's nothing wrong with that.

    3. Being impressive.

    I'm human, so I have an innate need to be liked by my peers. I am always genuinely kind and respectful to people when we interact.

    That said, if you don't like me because I wear the wrong clothes, drive the wrong car, don't make enough money, or whatever baseless criteria you use to deem someone worthy, then I see no point in trying to do anything more to impress you. You've clearly got everything figured out without my help.

    4. My handwriting.

    It's atrocious. I can't even read it. Yet, nowadays I use a writing utensil maybe...once a month? Everything else is typed.

    5. Job interviews.

    God help me if I ever have to go on a job interview again.

    It's a dog-and-pony show in which most interviewers don't know how to ask the correct questions to determine if the interviewee is a good candidate, and most interviewees will obfuscate any truth to say what the interviewer wants to hear.

    6. Shopping.

    I understand it's smart to review a product before purchase, as well as to make sure I'm paying a fair price.

    That said, there is a difference between understanding the value of something before buying it and studying it for weeks, looking at every price listing for it on the internet, and bargaining over and over with the seller.

    Once I know I want something, and I think it will bring value to my life, I buy it and move on with no regrets. There are better things to do in life.

    7. Having six-pack abs.

    Don't get me wrong. I take great care of my health, I eat right, and I exercise every day. That said, to get super ripped like all the great marketers tell us we need to be requires insane amounts of starving oneself (or incredibly good genes). Most of those cover models are airbrushed, not to mention they cut their calories to about 600/day for two weeks before their photoshoots.

    Take good care of your health, but don't stress over whether or not you look like some fake model in a magazine...because that person doesn't look that way all the time anyhow.

    8. DIY home improvement.

    That sounds like a lot of work. I'd rather hire someone to do it so I can go out for a hike in the mountains.

    9. Parallel parking.

    I've always been terrible at it, and with the big truck I own it's even more difficult. I'll do it (poorly) if I'm in a pinch, but most of the time I find it's not worth it. Better to move on and find another spot in which to park.

    10. Shooting guns.

    With due respect to my friends who love guns, I just don't get the appeal. I'm all for gun rights; own as many as you want. I personally don't care to learn about guns, shoot guns, own guns, store guns, or anything that has to do with guns.

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