In a world which outsources and them, but you will do them better by delegates, a gentleman instead acquires skills himself so he can do himself. Action is what sets him apart.

The action is what sets him apart. Think of a gentleman as a jack of all trades. According to iconic science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein:  “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.”

Okay you don’t need to know how to do all that (at once) – but being the go- to person when something needs doing is something to aspire to. Know what you’re doing. Life experience helps. No one’s born knowing how to change a car wheel or carve a roast. These are skills that are acquired throughout life. The way to do things well is to do them passionately. When it’s a boiling hot summer day and you’re jacking up the car by the highway — don’t spend the time thinking about what you’re going to do when this nightmare is over. Concentrate on what you’re doing in the moment.

The wheel is now off the ground and you have loosened the wheel nuts. Take care with what you’re doing and think about all you’re working on in the moment. You will take off the wheel nuts, remove the wheel and replace it with the spare wheel. There is a process which requires your concentration. You don’t have to enjoy the process exactly, but be in the moment with it, and live with each action. 

“Skills make dreams happen. They build economies. They make people rich and famous.” — Emi Iyalla

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