The 54th Deadline: Talent

“We are all respectively great at something, so have a conversation with others because talent talks.”

I firmly believe we are all destined in this universe to be “good” at something, whatever that may be. It can be singing, dancing, writing or whatever. I do not think everyone is meant to be good at everything, as this logically does not make sense.

We all are supposed to specialize if you use this train of thought. And by specializing, I mean we are supposed to hone in and nurture that which is appropriate for us. Again, whatever that may be.

Sure, we all would like to dabble in more things and expand our horizons. We all would like to try some things to see if we can be at least decent. That’s fine. But to achieve true mastery of a craft, to the point where it can be deemed a “talent,” goes into a different threshold altogether.

Sure, for me as an example, I picked up cooking over the years. Both out of genuine curiosity and as a necessity to save myself from a bad situation or two, cooking became a random wild card out of this deck of cards called life.

By all means, I would say I can cook now. And my ‘can’ these days definitely reflects a lot of personal perseverance and keeping my passion strong toward this culinary stuff. I legitimately, though pleasantly, surprise myself when I really pour my heart and soul into what I am doing.

In this case, it’s on a plate.


I am decent in a lot of ways, but I have a lot to improve on if I ever want to be deemed a “talented” cook, let alone the real goal of being called a proper chef. As a result, I just have to keep trying to learn as much as I can, no matter how long it takes, when it comes to this cooking art.

After all, you just have to keep an open mind. Otherwise, you plateau yourself because you set these mental limitations. You don’t want to peak too early, right?

I think this is truly the mistake I made years ago in all kinds of facets. Basically, I put the ceiling above myself too low. I thought I was ready and knew everything I needed to know, but it is good to keep yourself always invested and willing to go that extra mile, so to speak.

I recall back in the early years of college when I thought I knew “a lot” about English stuff, like grammar and vocabulary. Turns out, and this truly shocked me on an emotional level, I was quite average compared to some other kids. Sure, I was more than above average when compared to a regular student, but I met some really talented people who could run circles around me when it came to the English language.

This was all so humbling. I really needed this trip to to the bakery to eat a whole portion of humble pie. For me, it was like someone smashed my face right into the humble pie, forcing me to gobble it up and accept that… I was not that good… At least, for that particular year in college.

But I showed some tenacity. I showed some heart. I just kept working at it, and soon enough – I became a beast when it came to English spelling and grammar. Yeah, I know. Dorky by all means. But that was what I was.

Again, you just have to hone in and nurture the stuff that you are appropriately competent at, even if it could be something random like basket weaving or shoe shining. Play to your strengths, if you want another way of looking at it. Continue reading

The 54th Deadline: Glimpse of Greatness

“No matter what the world says, you are only as great as you want to be in life.”

I am going to go out on a limb here and assume most people, hopefully anyway, have had very impactful and meaningful individuals who have entered their lives at one point to trigger a necessary catalyst.

And this catalyst itself is the start of various possibilities.

Perhaps it was in sports.

Perhaps it was in music.

For me, it was writing. Writing was my spiel. Writing was something I once thought I had a real knack for, and thus it became a focus of mine in school. In particular, I was fascinated by English grammar. Still am, by all means.

I had many teachers tell me that I was good at writing. I had my fifth grade teacher pull me from class just to tell me how good my short story was. And down the road, more teachers would pull me aside in the same manner to praise me for my writing style. They acted as mentors, motivating me to hone in on learning more about English grammar and writing.

It wasn’t like they were just trying to be nice, either. Heck, at the end of high school, I even received an award for being outstanding in the English subject. Not too shabby, right?

But I digress.

To be perfectly honest, I once thought I was going to have it real easy in life at some point. After college, it was going to be smooth sailing. I would definitely get my name out there without a hitch!

Of course, reality set in, and the bad stuff occurred in droves. And perhaps it was the universe’s funny way of teaching me a lot of lessons that I would spend the next years figuring out, contemplating what went right or horribly wrong. It was an utter mess.

I once wanted to make every excuse in the book about my would-be employers who passed on me. Oh, they are just corrupted! They only care about people they know! They don’t hire new grads!


At the end of the day, it all doesn’t matter. Regardless of what the real reasons were, I could have toughened up.

I became bitter and let my inferiority complex sink its fangs into my soul.

I could have improvised. I could have done a million different things that would have guided me out of the darkness, but I chose to dwell on it. I brooded over insignificant things when just thinking about it wasn’t going to change the current circumstances. Not one bit.

To be overly simplistic, I let the negativity engulf the legitimate greatness/potential I had to my name. I let the bad stuff cover up the good so nothing could shine through anymore. Continue reading

Everyday NhanSense – Day 62

Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 62’s Topic: Change.
I have become different over the years. Well, I guess I should be more specific. After all, most people undergo some kind of personal transformation as they get older. It’s only natural.

For me, I think some aspects of my character and skill-set are becoming something else entirely. For instance, I used to be VERY GOOD at finding typos.

It sounds silly, but I was more or less a walking F7. I could see errors from all kinds of spots, from subtle things like seeing lack of extra spaces in typing or even inconsistencies in how things were written. There is more to being a competent editor (which I was at my school newspaper in college) than just spotting a spelling mistake or two, an incorrect use of a comma … etc.

You have to utilize a certain mindset to spot and recognize such errors, especially ones that look correct on the surface.

This type of editing was what I was great at, at least at one point in my life. That was five years ago when I was a budding, aspiring journalist. Those skills were fresh on my mind. But fast-forward to present day … Well, I am not going to say I have lost it, but it’s not quite the same anymore.

I still possess above-average editing in my book. It’s not as great as it was a few years ago, but rightfully so – I have shifted gears over the years. I still get annoyed as heck at typos when I spot them, but my own judgment isn’t as keen. It’s like I have become a bit of a dull blade in this regard – still sharp, but not as sharp as it could be.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 33

Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 33’s Topic: Writing.

I want to think that writing is my knack, as in it’s something God wants me to do with my life. There are times with this blog I really do believe I can blast out a good read, and then there are some other days where I do not get the creative juices flowing enough to muster anything worthwhile.

I have a particular fondness for using simple, but easy-to-understand writing because I opt for clarity rather than the fancy stuff. Journalism school taught me well, don’t you think?
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Eigo

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 英語, which is ready as eigo (eh-go).

英語 means “English.”

英 is the symbol for “England/English.”

語 refers to things like “words” and “speech.”

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Pet Peeve: Incorrect, “English Class” Interpretations

True story: a long time ago, I actually considered being an English teacher. Like, I really put a lot of thought into it.

However, I was more interested in teaching English grammar and writing, as opposed to lecturing about literature. I do in fact like reading, but only with niche things (comic books, manga and all that jazz.)

I gave up on the notion of being an English teacher because I deemed myself too shy to stand in front of students all day to teach them about stuff, but that is beside the point.

I bring up “English class” interpretations because, quite frankly, there is no other way to describe what some people do to “sound smart.” It’s annoying to come across something that is written in such a manner that misses the mark.

Don’t get me wrong: I do in fact like hearing the opinions of others, even if it’s strictly out of curiosity. I have a lot of varied views on multiple topics. Of course, I believe context is always important.

Case in point: “Kill la Kill” is an extreme anime title for this fall season. I say extreme because it is an over-the-top, probably offensive, yet stylish show.

I came across a random post on Tumblr the other day that has this to say about the anime. Continue reading