Moving people versus building things.

My sister often marvels at my ability to build things.

You know, I always feels useless around you because you have tangible skills.

Being an engineer, I often found envy from the liberal arts majors on having ‘tangible skills’. I was in a business writing class that was required of all majors, where we learned the basics of writing letters, resumes, and memos. During the resume writing session, we were doing peer critiques.

Looking at the number of projects that I’ve done, the programming languages I knew, the liberal arts majors exclaimed “Wow, you actually have skills!”

However, I find that the ability to move people is just as important. There are many things you can do as an individual nowadays. We have plenty of tools and information available for us to do that, more than ever. And yet, there are certain types of things where you need a group of people to move forward with together. And in order to do that, one has to be able to guide people in the same direction, to be able to move them in the same direction.

That, I find to be a skill more enviable.

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