On the Importance of Having a Skill Set

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We are driving around running errands. Jessica is listening to me sigh as the traffic is funneled down to one lane and goes slowly.

Me: They’re doing so much road construction! Maybe they should finish one project before they start another, you know?

Jess: They are building bridges in Kansas City. I saw them with my dad.

Me: Oh yeah?

Jess: Yes. Would you want to build bridges for your job?

Me: I don’t know how to build bridges.

Jess: What would you do if you had to build bridges?

Me: First I would hire someone who knows how to build bridges. It’s not in my skill set.

Jess: What is a skill set?

Me: Things you know how to do and are good at. Like an engineer knows how to calculate the load a bridge has to bear and knows what materials can be used to build it to support that load. And she can make a schematic showing how it should be built.

Jess: And a surgeon knows what kind of surgery to do to help a person get better and can also do the surgery.

Me: Exactly.

Jess: So your skill set is . . . reading.
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Start Me Up, book 2 in Kristina Knight’s Anthem Trilogy, releases September 15, 2015. Book 1, Light My Fire is out now and book three, Call Me, will release October 5. More info here.

cj petterson’s new release, Choosing Carter, launched as an eBook on August 17. The POD version will be available in mid to late September. Available from the publisher, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Check out cj’s author page here.

Lynn Cahoon’s novella, The Salem Gathering (Book 3 of The Council series) is now available.

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