I ask "Why?" real well. Sometimes superbly.
Tell all what you are REALLY good at. Whether it's graduating from Harvard, or being the record holder for surviving the most keg stands in your sorority without going to the hospital, knitting mittens, or blow torching hemp yarn into heirloom keep sakes, starting your own business, to using a nail gun to recreate the Mona Lisa.........
I do my bragging about other people. My wife has an ivy league education. My daughter is writing a book and she's only 11. My father was a child psychologist for 38 years. A friend of mine started her own business in part by getting a new state law passed. Another friend overcame a lifelong battle with addiction and depression and has been sober and happily married for 10 years now.
And so on.
As for myself: I figure if I'm proud enough of something I've done to think I deserve to brag about it, then I'm probably too proud of it. If it's worth talking it up, my family and friends will do it well enough on my behalf (whether I like it or not).
Since your wife and daughter aren't here to brag about you Gallup any chance we can squeeze even one teensy weensy little thing out of you? I KNOW you are a man of incredible intellect......see, now you have ME bragging about you!! Lol....I promise no one will think you are a braggart. I know you are a man of many talents, and I'm especially intrigued to know something interesting or different about you.....and I don't think I'm too far fetched in saying others would agree with me ;)
Aw. How could I refuse a request so kindly wrapped? Now I'm wondering what about me others might find different or interesting.
I think differently than most people I encounter in everyday life, but as freethinkers the same is widely true among the TA membership, isn't it? So what can I tell you that qualifies?
Maybe the most interesting thing about me is: I seem to have been born to read.
I had already learned to read (by my mother pointing at each word as she read to me) when I started kindergarten at age 4. It seems like I've been reading non-stop ever since.
I remember almost everything I read. The more it excites or interests me, the better I remember it. If it's dull and uninteresting, I tend to forget it (even when I want to remember).
My undergraduate degree is in English Literature.
Last year I read about 90 books, fiction and non-fiction. But I own few books myself. Most of what I get comes from the library. I have a vast collection of bookmarks for web pages but I rarely use them. I can usually find the same page by Googling a unique sentence or phrase that I remember reading on that page.
I've also done a fair bit of writing (personally and professionally) as well. These days my primary writing project is a science fiction novel. Last year my wife persuaded me to focus my attention on it full-time. I think I'm writing a good first novel, but crossing the finish line into the waiting arms of a publisher and paycheck would underscore the point.
I've been told I have an organized mind and good powers of analysis. I also think I make killer mixtapes, but not everyone would agree.
Hey Belle, if you like dancing, "check me out".
It just seems to me like a self confident extrovert ends up with the short end of the stick. Extroverts LOVE to talk and express themselves.
But extroverts tend to run the show, especially in conversations. (I'm speaking from an introverted end of the stick, especially today for some reason. On other days I think I'm more positive.) Extroverts drive groups, and inspire people. Braggarts by definition may be doing some of that, but by definition, I think it's more self-serving than beneficent.
I first took your "brag about yourself" as encouragement, in the sense of how it might inspire others. In this sense, I think of it as "passion", i.e. a contagious kind of positive thinking.
We all have our up and down days. On the low days, I long for the high days. I want to hear more upside! (Thanks for starting this.)
"Braggarts by definition may be doing some of that, but by definition, I think it's more self-serving than beneficent." - I agree, an arrogant person only brags about themselves, and always wants to be number 1. A confident person can appreciate the qualities and achievements of other people as well as their own.
Here's one for introverts, "wrongly" (apparently) attributed to Einstein.
Even if Einstein didn't say it, it's still true.
It's OK to be realistic. It's healthy. Someone who's confident about their own abilities may be harsh in judging some other things about themselves, with equally good reason.
Good point @Belle Rose.
Perhaps us humans commonly feel threatened by others expressions of success ("bragging"), in that they feel fearful of that person's gain.
It is a selfish thing to put someone down for bragging - it is done for the benefit of self-interest. So sure, nobody minds a self-confident introvert, because it doesn't threaten anyone's social standings. Yet, once people start promoting themselves, it's a race to either talk themselves up even more, or to condemn them.
It's quite a primitive thing, don't you think?
Thanks! I've never been in a competition before but one of my sculptures was picked by my advanced ceramics teacher to be displayed for a couple months. It was a turtle shaped box, the shell was the lid. I think art is good for people.
That's amazing! I'd like to see more!