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Studied Physics to become an astronomer, but strayed from the path and got interested in wind energy, wrote a diploma thesis combining energy tech and fluid dynamics, with the prospect of getting stuck in aeronautics (= military stuff) which I don't like. Second leg in computer programming.

First job as an IT analyst for an electricity company, then steel plant automation (which enabled me to see the world and getting paid for it, but still I did not like aeronautics, not even as a passenger, for air sickness reasons). Had to give it up because I had a family by then.

Now I am a consultant for electronic document management (aka paperless office), combining my skills of understanding computers and human beings of many available mentalities, learning enough every day to stay above the incompetence line (your word) in a world out of control.


1) Maths
2) Software Engineering

I'm a R&D Software Engineer working on a very important internationnal defense system.


Great post!

Hmmmm . . . I am absurdly over-educated with a law degree on top of an engineering degree [and I've got the student loans to prove it!]. Talents are:

1. No fear of public speaking, I'll wade in anywhere and usually manage to sound knowledgeable. Comes in handy in court when I discover in the middle of a trial that my client has been lying to me.

2. Decent writer.

3. Able to pick up things fairly easily and adapt to the flow.

However, I'm way too independent and snarky to be able to work for a conventional company. So, I'm permanently self-employed.

Along with being a public defender, my husband and I also run a toy company. Overnight I became CFO, head of graphic design, advertising executive and warehouse superintendent and general counsel for our little corporation. I'm on duty 24/7. [Notice how I snuck the url for our website into this post?]

Rock on everyone - Dilbert for President 2008


- Writing
- Breaking down complex procedures into simple steps
- Seeing opportunities

Degree in Accounting

Career as a computer book author. 68 titles since 1992. It pays the bills.


My three's?

1. I just do my thing ...
2. I do it my way ...
3. I don't believe in recipes for success ...

Kevin Fairchild

1. Reading blogs
2. Posting a response :)


Its called "Wankers" where a serial onanist is pitted againtst a politicial or manager. The kicker is that one or more might be both !


Does lying, surfing the internet and playing minesweeper make up a good three? It's all I've been doing for the past 4 months. And the good thing was, I got paid well for it!


Computer Science (top 10%).
Chemistry (top 25%).
Political Science(Top 5%)


Scott you made me think again. Never really tried to figure this out. And I must tell you it took me a lot of effort and rigorous bum scratching to even start thinking. So just when i was on the verge of slapping myself for being an aimless and shameless asshole, i courageously bumped onto 3 skills I am good at.
1) Talk senseless
2) Think senseless
3) Do nothing

I really wondered if they do define my career in any sense. But just this thought and it was enough to make me think I can start writing something like you. After all thats what Scott Adam needs the most :D


-dry dishes (that's been my household chore forever)
-sneak (i. e. do things without making noise, and without waking people)
-can spell. Specifically, I am not tripped up by homonyms. Like, I know when to write "its" and when it's "it's", can distinguish between "to", "too" and "two", between "your" and "you're", etc. This is actually a rare ability nowadays.

I work as a night man in a youth hostel in Amsterdam.


Programming & Mathematics (usually top 10% in class)
Creativity & Writing
Good Sense of Humor

(2) and (3) were pointed out by friends and colleagues.

Got my degree in computer science, never actually worked in IT. Spent 8 years in navy, then left and joined a creative agency. I'm now the boss of the agency with a strong web focus.

Clayton R.

In my opinion, you are only in the top quarter of your field if you have the ability to prove it. It seems everyone in these comments claims they are really good in so many areas but at the same time have dead-end jobs. If someone is really so good at what they practice, shouldn't they be able to easily apply their strengths to put them on top - letting their circumstances speak louder than their words?


Work? Survival. Food. Shelter. Luck. Being very careful what you wish for... Love.
Scott, Great post, funny comments. Keep Dilbert coming. Thanks.


Yeah, I work at Wendy's.


I'm one of the accidental successful people. I obtained a music performance degree, worked as an admin assistant for years (learning a lot of other people's business processes in the meantime), found I had an aptitude for writing, and now I'm a tech writer, and a pretty darn good one at that.

Not the pinnacle of success by many people's standard, but if I suddenly came into an inheritance and had no need for money anymore, I'd keep my job because I love it. To me, that's success.


Kádár Tamás, poster, is a lying douchebag. If someone was in the top 1% of tennis playing and running, I believe we might have heard of them before, say, in the world of tennis or running? Rather than making this discovery in a Dilbert blog post.

People who posted to brag remind me off Scott's point that most people think they are much better at something than the statistics point out. Dumb people tend to think they're much smarter that they are.

I doubt the people who've posted with their stats are remotely in the ballpark.


There's actually a sleepy little Institute in Washington, D.C. that's been measuring peoples' aptitudes and skills, and tracking them through their later careers, for nearly a century now. Although your premise might be right, this Institute has identified a high correlation between "multiple aptitudes" and dissatisfaction with one's career.

They administer a battery of tests (mine took three days) and assign scores for a healthy number of basic aptitudes--everything from spatial visualization to rhythm memory, manual dexterity to vocabulary. What their research has found is that when people score very high in an aptitude (95% or better in their scoring system), they usually are only happy in a career if it uses that aptitude. Thus, people who score above 95% in musical aptitudes will only be happy in their job if it involves music in some way, and so forth.

The problem arises when people score more than 95% in five or more aptitudes. These people are usually described by friends as brilliant, mercurial, and talented, but they typically struggle to find work that gratifies them. The problem is that if you have six strong aptitudes and find a job that uses three of them, those talents are being utilized but you have three more that aren't. So these people might leave jobs they seem to be succeeding in, or make career moves that seem odd or unfathomable to friends and family, constantly searching for ways to use all of their abilities.



i hardly survive in this world
due to my top 1% idealism
business, communication skills, public speaking all are not my strength, i wish i could do public speaking less painfully - ha, i am almost mute almost all days (it's not a permanent disability of course)
though some good traits i do have like easy adaptability, languages, intuition, curiosity, multitasking, pretty good taste in everything
but for every good one there are tons of weaker qualities like lack of focus, lack of stamina and ambition and just plain laziness, not a millionaire material, alas
when i was to choose my major everybody told me to choose 'scientific communism/ sociology', there was such a profession at that time, people who majored in that became now like political analysts
sure i resisted to that call, wanted to pick up geology, could become a 'gold-digger' by now, but mom said only through my corpse, that's not a woman job to go to expeditions all your life, you'll have your family etc
then i thought i don't want to be dependent on someone concerning at least my health, so i chose medicine and became a labrat
at least i know how my body functions and how to read papers
if i'll get one crappy publication that's enough for me, i'll consider myself contributed a comma to the global cognizance and will reincarnate peacefully

good seance of psychotherapy, thanks


My, you are a master manipulator. You might as well have just posted "Fans, please drone on and on about how special you are. Go!"


For all those with 3 random skills wondering how to combine them and get RICH... the answer is very, very simple. So simple you'll smack your head in disbelief that you didn't think of it yourself.

Start a religion.


My major in college had nothing to do with what I do now, nor any job I’ve ever had. However, I started with that major as a freshman and never changed. Nearly 30 years later, I’ve have several successful occupations, none in my major field of study. Everything I’ve done, from college to career, has been something that I’ve fallen into. I happened to find something that interested me and I followed that. Usually for a few years – getting bored quick is the downfall of today’s youth - then something else came along that used the peripheral skills (e.g.,public speaking) I’d picked up along with some of my resume skills. Two mottos: The harder I work, the luckier I get and The more I enjoy my job, the greater chance that I find a better job.

My three are: I love what I do. I do what I love. I love those around me.


I think another fascinating topic would be the parallel with what you said - something, then business, bank, then cartoons.

Mine would be religious studies to banking and corporate world to owning and running a cleaning business.

Anyway, my three at this time would be:
-Management/ Organization/ Managing relationships

I'd like to say I'm good at business but we'll see if I can get things turned around in this economy...

Another good topic is what people say you are good at versus what you consider yourself to be good at (maybe).

Tom NC

>>I was first you dolts ! First ! Me ! First HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAh

If you post after finding out you have the first post, it doesn't count...
you have to boast about being the first post ON the first post.

This post just makes you LAME.


Creating websites
Flowing charting business processes
Great dancer

I created a pretty cool website and am creating another blockbuster site for corporations. That incorporates the first three. Dancing career never took off, the executives didn't appreciate my foxy moves.

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