This article was published 9 years ago. My views have probably evolved muchly since.
So I’ve recently got into the whole Game of Thrones thing. I haven’t quite procured the books yet but I have been catching up on the series. It is rather enjoyable; not a series that I would have really missed not seeing but enjoyable enough. The saga doesn’t hold my attention as solidly as, say, Spartacus does mainly because of the number of storylines. There are characters and plots that interest me and others that are quite arbitrary. Granted, they all tie into each other but I do find myself losing focus when an uninteresting storyline (well, to me) is playing.
That all said, the reason I’m mentioning this series is because of a dialogue that occurs between the scaly character, Baelish, and a couple of his whores. He speaks about his rise in power through learning and accepting how he best deals with the world. “You know what I learnt losing that duel? I learnt that I’ll never win. Not that way. That’s their game, their rules. I’m not going to fight them: I’m going to fuck them. That’s what I know, that’s what I am, and only by admitting what we are can we get what we want.”
And, of course, that’s what he does, a character to not be trusted by anyone.
I ponder the extent to that philosophy. Certainly we must admit what we are, what our strengths are and how best to make use of them. In general life, it can be easy to get sidetracked by how somebody else makes a success of themselves and try to emulate their process without taking into account our own individuality. It is imperative for our own peace of mind that we are true to our nature, utilising our strongest skills and talents to pave out our life. But I also must wonder how easy that is in this day and age.
In many regards, we must also learn to play the game as well. Showing up to a corporate interview, for example, in the purple hairdo and torn jeans that you love will not serve you unless you’ve already established a name for yourself and proven your talents as valuable to said corporation.
On the other hand, the ability to easily create high quality video résumés and distribute them world-wide can also lend itself positively to promoting and marketing your talents. It’s to do with presentation. Allowing your talents to shine while also finding a way to reveal said talents to the people who would use them.
This is all stuff that I am still mulling over. Admitting one’s strengths to oneself is all good and well so long as those strengths can be used accordingly. I know my strengths and my weaknesses and still I sometimes find it a challenge to prosper on them. A continuous work in progress. Some insights would be nice.