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Your Biggest Failings and How You Address Them


#1

The things I'm terrible at include:

1.) Navigating... in any capacity, whether on foot or by car. For example, I can almost never remember where I park. Or how to get places unless I go there regularly.

To solve the driving part of this, I bought a GPS.

2.) Remembering names/faces. I once introduced myself to the same person twice in the same day.

I try to make mnemonics with letters of that person's name and repeat it three or four times after I've heard the name.

3.) Reading emails. I had a professor this year who sent out 12 emails regarding one assignment; in the same day. He would start his emails in the subject line, so the body of the email began mid-sentence. After a semester with him, I've lost my will to actually read emails.

I have to force myself to go through emails line by line now.

How bout you guys?


#2

“failings”?


#3

Putting off seeing a particular musician (telling myself I’ll catch them when they come around next), only to regret it after they’ve died (this has happened 3x already).


#4

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
Putting off seeing a particular musician (telling myself I’ll catch them when they come around next), only to regret it after they’ve died (this has happened 3x already). [/quote]

Have you been killing musicians because you missed seeing them?


#5

Fail: until now.
How to address it: I don’t know.


#6

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
Putting off seeing a particular musician (telling myself I’ll catch them when they come around next), only to regret it after they’ve died (this has happened 3x already). [/quote]

Ummmm, Phil Collins is still alive. You have time.


#7

I’ll go with you on navigating. I’m horrible at it in my car, but I’ve got a GPS so these days it isn’t as bad as it used to be. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I’m just generally not that big of a fan of driving, it’s just a means to an end for me.

I don’t have as much trouble with names as I used to, I got better around the time I started slamming nootropics like pez, granted I generally flex my brain muscles harder than ever, too.

I’m miserable at keeping a regular schedule, my sleep cycle is all over the place. I wake up at 1PM some days and 7AM on others. Not doing anything about it, despite it biting me in the ass constantly.


#8

OP, you are missing one from your list

  1. spelling/grammar

#9

[quote]carbiduis wrote:
OP, you are missing one from your list

  1. spelling/grammar[/quote]

Serious question: what did I misspell?

I can’t figure it out.

I’ll agree that I did not put any thought into grammar for the post. It’s the internet after all, I just try to keep it readable.


#10

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
Putting off seeing a particular musician (telling myself I’ll catch them when they come around next), only to regret it after they’ve died (this has happened 3x already). [/quote]

LOL!

My cousin told me about how she went to a Jimi Hendrix concert when she was younger and bought a t-shirt from the concert. Soon after, she was playing a pickup game of soccer with friends and it got a huge rip in it.

She thought to herself “I’ll just throw this one out and buy another from his next concert when he’s in town.”

Then he died. lol


#11

I dont consider anything as a failure, if I didnt achieve something, then I learned and moved on. I dont look back.


#12

[quote]DJHT wrote:
I dont consider anything as a failure, if I didnt achieve something, then I learned and moved on. I dont look back. [/quote]

I guess shortcomings might be a better word.


#13

[quote]chimera182 wrote:

[quote]DJHT wrote:
I dont consider anything as a failure, if I didnt achieve something, then I learned and moved on. I dont look back. [/quote]

I guess shortcomings might be a better word.[/quote]

I know your point and not being a dick. Approaching 40 with 5 kids and 14 years of college, I just taught myself not to look back. Always look ahead and never give up. Setbacks occur but they are just that delays not failures.


#14

[quote]chimera182 wrote:

[quote]DJHT wrote:
I dont consider anything as a failure, if I didnt achieve something, then I learned and moved on. I dont look back. [/quote]

I guess shortcomings might be a better word.[/quote]

“Failures” would’ve been a better word than “failings.”

:slight_smile:


#15

[quote]rrjc5488 wrote:

[quote]chimera182 wrote:

[quote]DJHT wrote:
I dont consider anything as a failure, if I didnt achieve something, then I learned and moved on. I dont look back. [/quote]

I guess shortcomings might be a better word.[/quote]

“Failures” would’ve been a better word than “failings.”

:)[/quote]

Eh, not to too pedantic… but in my mind “failures” implies that the acts are a one-time event. “Failings,” on the other hand implies that it’s a continuous problem.


#16

[quote]DJHT wrote:

[quote]chimera182 wrote:

[quote]DJHT wrote:
I dont consider anything as a failure, if I didnt achieve something, then I learned and moved on. I dont look back. [/quote]

I guess shortcomings might be a better word.[/quote]

I know your point and not being a dick. Approaching 40 with 5 kids and 14 years of college, I just taught myself not to look back. Always look ahead and never give up. Setbacks occur but they are just that delays not failures. [/quote]

I see your point. But I also view the process as looking ahead in the sense that there are things I know I can improve about myself, without necessarily thinking of them as failures.


#17

I’m so good in bed that women swarm me whenever I go outside, this has lead me to failing at relationships. I also have a huge penis which causes me to fail at buying pants/shorts that don’t reveal the shape of my manhood.


#18

I am late…

to everything!


#19

I can’t swim.


#20

[quote]biglifter wrote:

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
Putting off seeing a particular musician (telling myself I’ll catch them when they come around next), only to regret it after they’ve died (this has happened 3x already). [/quote]

Ummmm, Phil Collins is still alive. You have time.[/quote]

Okay. This was funny :slight_smile: