interesting thoughts about skills and such. imo its good to have maybe a handful of specialized skills that are as diverse as possible. the first thing i became really proficient at was music. next came computers (albeit first gen pc's). but when it came time to find steady income i hired on as a laborer at a local moving company. fortunately it was a good way to make decent money and pay my bills, although it was very physically demanding. additionally i learned how to do more specialized things in this field and after a while i had a commercial driver's license and my own truck. good money but there were down sides too. all that to say it was a good source of reliable income and i still have my cdl which means i can get work driving interstate if nothing else pans out. when i got off the road and landed here in northern arizona i couldn't find any local driving jobs so i hired on at a temp agency. i would have to show up 3 hours early to be at the top of the list. most of the work was hard menial stuff and didnt pay much. i got steady work with a contractor through the temp agency but it came to a halt in the winter. afterward some friends told me that their son was leaving schwans so i applied for the asst manager job. on my resume listed all the skills i had learned being self-employed in the relocation business and although i believe many of these skills make me more valuable to schwans i dont think they had a huge effect on them hiring me because theres a lot of specialized knowledge needed, and i ended up applying for a delivery driver job instead. when i finally got hired they had me do warehouse work initially to learn a little about the products and how things work. then something happened and the driver position was delayed so i continued doing part-time warehouse. when another position opened up i knew a little more about what was involved with being a driver. they make pretty good money, but they had very little free time. so idecided that my free time wasnt worth the extra money id make. ironic that im only making $10/hr and yet im turning down $32k/year because the extra time required isnt worth it he he. anyway somewhere in all of that rambling there might be a general formula for success. honestly most of the jobs ive done i just kind of stumbled into. interpersonal skills seem to come into play at schwans. the work isnt difficult to master but i think being adaptable to the "personality environment" has been key to my success there. bob- the guy i work with most of the time- has a very unique work philosophy and its been challenging but me and bob have become good buddies. i guess i try to be like the willow tree and bend with the wind instead of trying to fight it.