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August 6, 2001
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

So I went climbing tonight, which was good. I got a new harness, which I needed because my old one is about 5 years old now... you are supposed to replace them about every 3 years... oh well. It's only my life I'm risking.

I was also thinking about stuff when I was climbing... like... competency and how different people handle it...

In other words, it seems that at some point in everyone's life, you will become above average at some particular dicipline that isn't exactly common, or at least find a skill that takes alot of work to get to. It could be sewing, playing baseball, stock trading, whatever.. and it seems that it's at this point that a person will have a choice of 3 ways to deal with this skill.

a. Be a dick to people who are learning and don't know as much as you do about the skill, or be a dick to people who are dependent on your skill to do their job. It's a power thing.

b. Be passive towards people who are learning / or are dependent on your skill. It's a "I'm just paid to work here" thing.

c. Be helpful towards people who are learning / or are dependent on your skill. It's a "I want to share with / empower more people with knowledge" thing.

I've noticed that for the most part, climbers fall into category c. I love that, since I'm a climber.

But on the other hand, computer people are notorious for falling into category a. Dangit. I'm a programmer.

I guess admitting it is the first step. :)