Fulfilling my Quota

James Proclaims (4)

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.

  14 comments for “Fulfilling my Quota

  1. September 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    …ain’t that quote the truth!!!

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    • September 15, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      It certainly seems to be…


  2. September 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I agree. You are quite the quotable guy. Perhaps I’ll borrow your line: People should be quoting me, dammit!
    But what happens if I forget to give attribution? Does that make me a nefarious quoter?

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    • September 15, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      I think it might, but I’d forgive you…


  3. September 15, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    There’s so much truth in this quote, psychologists refer to the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’, regarding people who massively overestimate their own intelligence and abilities and appear blind to their failings. Annoyingly, if they appear convincing they often seem to get away with it. As for that last sentence, it could be a page from my diary..

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    • September 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone…


  4. September 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Love the quote. Prompts another thought though ….
    Define sucess!

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    • September 16, 2015 at 5:44 am

      I can’t, but sadly the ignorant can, because they’re ignorant….


  5. September 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Love Mark Twain (“explosion of opinion”), love Douglas Adams (“almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea”), and love James Proclaims. So go pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargleblaster and stop complaining.

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  6. September 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Firstly don’t put yourself down I am a really lazy person and for whatever reason I missed this part and blog 201, oh well. I know what you mean about idiots in charge I worked in a Wetherspoons pub as a cook and left when I was 60. Oh boy were there some idiots in charge and it hasn’t changed. If anything it has got worse!
    Your writing is good so just keep up the good work. I suppose my phrase would be from the film A Kentuckian in the Court of King Arthur, “Busy doing Nothing!”
    You are doing very well keep at it.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks 🙂


  7. September 16, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Love Mark Twain. I have fond memories of my 5th grade teacher reading Tom Sawyer aloud to my class.

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    • September 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      It is a great book.


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