For today’s Writing 101 task, I need to produce something based on a quote. I do like a good quote, but I resent writing blog posts based on something clever that someone else said.
People should be quoting me dammit!
There are loads of good quotes out there and I was torn in terms of which direction to go. I’m definitely a fan of Oscar Wilde, but I’ve already written a post based on him.
Terry Pratchett, Roald Dahl and Douglas Adams were all eminently quotable but in the end I’ve gone with Mark Twain, who apparently (although I wasn’t there to bear witness) said or wrote the following:
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”
I don’t know if it’s sour grapes about my own underachievement over the years (and if I’m good at one thing, it is underachieving) but I’ve known a lot of idiots who’ve gone on to enjoy quite spectacular career success, without ever showing even the slightest bit of competency at what they do.
I’ve had a number of stupid bosses in my time and none of them have ever had the good grace to be aware of their own limitations.
The trouble with me is that I’m acutely aware of my many shortcomings and I think that awareness may have hampered me in my career to date.
Or it could be because my main failings are a total lack of direction and a work ethic that is, at times, laughable.