Back then when I went to school it was a common assumption that you should train what you are really good at, because this might be useful for finding you a proper job later in your life. Work on and develop your talents to get a certain direction. The same attitude was around, when I started my jobtraining. Work really hard on what you are good at and people will recognize it (= good for you and your career).
Maybe this has been true at some time in the past. Taking a look around today, however, it seems to be nothing but wrong. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. If you are good at a certain discipline of whatever, your chances of getting “that job” (whatever it may be) are really bad.
Take a look at our government for example. Instead of putting people in charge of the departments that may have worked in that certain field (= having a rich background of first hand experience) you just take that guy that the party thinks needs something to do. He’s been the head of the agrarian-department last year, so why not make him head of the defense-department now? Plowshares to swords. He’s got some experts standing behind him, he knows (= gets told) what to do), everything is fine, trust us … well, that’s bullshit.
And it does not stop there. It seems like this attitude infected every inch of every business and corporation out there. The leaders do not know shit about what they are talking, because they never actually “did” what they talk about. Everybody in their team may know it’s wrong, but they cannot do anything about it without looking like an envious scumbag. It starts with the legions of team-leaders at the bottom and moves up to the members of the board (which seem to have lost every touch with reality ages ago).
To make it in the world of today you only need theoretical knowledge. “I read about it, so I know it.” But not every written word is true. And a second of practical first-hand experience might not be captured in a thousand pages of printed paper. I read a book about shaolin the other day, but my kung-fu skills are still non-existent – I guess it’s the book’s fault.
So, instead of wasting time with developing skills which might correlate with your talents or be in fact useful for whatever job you are looking at, you better train two things: first, learn to smile at any shitbomb that is thrown at you and second, learn to hold your breath really long, because your head will have to remain in your boss’es ass for a while.