December 11, 2003





Do you bury your talents?

Sometimes, it draws attention away from me.

Aly, 17
Cardiff UK

I've been told that I’m overly modest and I definitely know that I have skills many folks have no clue about.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

I have no talents. Nothing. Nada.

Talia, 25
Tallahassee, FL USA

No. I use them when I can, e.g., programming. If I'm not using them, it's due to lack of opportunity, e.g., raising kids. (Mine are grown now.)

Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

Some of them. Others I keep out and polished with daily use.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

Yes I do, unfortunately. I also ignore them and abuse them and misuse them.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

Not bury exactly, but I do not always cultivate my talents, nor do I explore the depths of the ones I recognize and use.

Cindy, 41

I was born with two talents that stand out in my mind. One is musical ability, which I do tend to bury. The second is a natural writing ability, which I've come to learn is better shared than kept to myself.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

No, I try to use them every day.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Sometimes, but I always leave a map so I can find them later. X marks the spot, matey.

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

yes, I probably have a lot more potential than I put forth. I am just lazy.

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

In the Biblical sense? Matt 25? No, I spend my money.

Alias Irrelevante

No, they have a tendency to be buried by other things.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

Nope. Not a shy bone in my body.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

i have a bad habit of playing dumb sometimes for other peoples sake. i dont like people feeling awkward because i am a nerd. i like for people to comfortable around me so i will play dumb to make them feel better sometimes.

my personal issues come into that also. i was never teased for being a dork but i hate it when someone feels stupid around me. i dont not think that people are stupid. well most people.

i think everyone has knowledge in various areas of life. i am book smart and street smart. i deal well in common sense and practicality. i feel that what i dont know someone else will know.

just because a person isnt book smart does not mean that they are stupid. i hate that assumption. people focus on areas they like and they are knowledgeable in things that interest them.

i believe that there are infinite areas of intelligence. the world stresses on book smarts which makes everyone else feel stupid and thats totally not right.

so yes i play dumb sometimes especially when i am around a person that i feel is really intelligent in a an area that i dont know about and most people dont recognize. i like learning about different things besides school related areas. life is so much more than that.

my brothers are idiots when it comes to school because of their laziness but one has focused his intelligence to street smarts, business, music and communication. i learn a lot from just talking
to him. he is a master of conversation and gets anything he wants. whether it be money, women, opportunities for friends in need. he is the hookup person.

my younger brother is the sports master, he is totally strategy and can apply that to all areas of life. if i cant think of a way to get around or do something i look to him for his strategy sense. he is the king of finance also. i think he should go into stocks or something but he wants to be an nfl player. i think thats great too because he would definitely be able to handle his money and the people that work for him like agents and such.

when i talk to them i learn so there is no need for me to be my regular self so i censor what i say to give them the floor and teach me some things. i do this with friends and just about everyone.
there are very few people that i can truly shine with. they are my closest male friend, my dad and a few teachers but that is it. i feel uncomfortable doing that around anyone else.

ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA USA

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