“When you’re bad, you stink.”| 031/100

“I’m not a great actor—let’s face it. I don’t have a great deal of scope. There are certain things I can do, but when I’m bad, I stink.”

-Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen is a style icon. Bullitt is one of my favourite movies. But, in his own words, he wasn’t the best actor.

He knew what he was good at, and he stuck to it. He was very good at it. His lack of pretension around what he did is refreshing.

Maybe we should all take a leaf out of his book, take ourselves less seriously, and focus on what we’re innately good at. That’s not to say we can’t learn skills or get better – that’s the antithesis of everything I believe in.

But we’ve got to be honest with ourselves about what we’re good at and what we enjoy. They’re different things. Self delusion serves nobody.


  1. Interesting post. But should we do what we are good at, what makes money, what cultivates special relationships, what is needed around us, what we are drawn to, or what we enjoy? Most of what we do is actually some sort of compromise between them!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Barry. Yeah, you raise a completely valid and interesting point. I was kind of wrestling with it when writing it. You’re right – of course, we shouldn’t just stick to what we know. I think we all lose a lot in an economy which rewards increasing specialisation. But I think we all have to be realistic and self aware about what we truly enjoy, what is within our capabilities – and where best to focus our attention. Where that balance lies is tricky to determine…


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