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Show Of Hands July 16th, 2012 12:00am

Would you rather be better at everything than 90% of people, or better at one thing than 99.9999% of people?

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Kato Minnesota
07/23/12 1:50 am

If everyone was really pod at one thing we could all teach each other so so mich

danman5550
07/22/12 8:49 am

I'd want to be the best baseball player ever. Not average at all of them. That didn't get Bo Jackson anywhere.

dotnetdev Georgia
07/21/12 9:58 am

Would you rather be the guy in the neighborhood that is good at ALL sports, or the Pro basketball player?

hexin Wisconsin
07/20/12 5:15 pm

I'm guessing if I were best at one thing it would be something stupid and useless. BTW I am awesome at Dance Dance Revolution.


07/19/12 1:57 am

I just noticed it say 'writing specialist' after RH's name!


07/19/12 1:56 am

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,


07/19/12 1:55 am

cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - RobertHeinlein, writing specialist

ronpaul
07/19/12 1:52 am

I'd say everything. You could be much better than everybody at one thang. Not really specific. You could be better at telling what time it is based off sun position... Who would care about that talent..

giottoblu Connecticut
07/18/12 1:44 pm

Specialization is the name of the game.

banAnna Ohio
07/18/12 7:27 am

Being great at one thing makes you stand out amongst the crowd. It also shows how everybody is unique in their own way.

ericssnders Nebraska
07/18/12 4:30 am

99.99999% better than people at winning the lottery.


07/17/12 10:59 pm

No one remembers second

Exotic
07/17/12 7:52 pm

could u pick that one thing? but still i said everything because i like variety

prterri
07/17/12 7:38 pm

I'll take better at everything. I love doing a variety of things and it's fun to do things well. Only being good (even great) at one think would bore me.

AJ1994
07/17/12 7:19 pm

90% because it could be a useless skill or thing if it's just one, like chewing gum.

countrytboy Georgia
07/17/12 6:18 pm

1 thing. Then maybe a job wont be so hard to find!

UGonnaEatThat
07/17/12 6:17 pm

Diversity is good. What if you hate doing the one thing you are good at.

Bekka Just relaxing...
07/17/12 3:33 pm

I want my brain surgeon to be better than the 99%...

tamtam
07/17/12 12:29 pm

I would prefer be the best at one thing and I would make a career of that because people will always pay more for the best.

sheriboo
07/17/12 9:18 am

I already am better than most.

optimist6 Fort Wayne, IN
07/17/12 7:17 am

I'm not even better at 1 thing than 90% of people though!

Jzee
07/17/12 7:11 am

Unless your Michael Jordan...


07/17/12 6:56 am

No matter how much you try, there will always be someone else that is better than you. But hey at least your trying aye?

FrostedMin California
07/17/12 6:20 am

This question took me 5 minutes to understand and think about. But I chose everything. :)

T21Money
07/17/12 5:51 am

What if that 1 thing was something like "fastest toilet paper roller" or something pointless like that lol

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/17/12 12:53 am

Everything, Topgun? How's your Chinese?

Phycoz
07/17/12 12:13 am

But if you were better at one thing, there would still be 7,000 people in that 0.0001%

Phycoz
07/17/12 12:11 am

If you were better than 90% of the world at everything, there would still be around 7,000,000 people along with you in that 10%

Topgun California
07/16/12 10:18 pm

I already am better at everything than 90% of people so I would choose one thing, but 1 in a million still isn't that good because if I chose basketball then 320 people would still be better than me in america and I would just be "average".

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/16/12 9:59 pm

JaquesV having spent a fair bit of a previous life working as a systems programmer, the answer to your iOS question is the red slice of his poll. Too many talented people that do exactly one thing, and, unfortunately only that one thing, too well to listen to the other talented people around them.

JaquesV Bentonville, AR
07/16/12 9:10 pm

The odds are better if you go with the 90% option.

And why did Apple design the stinking iOS keyboard this way? I have to click three buttons to make the percent sign...


07/16/12 8:05 pm

I'm already working on knife throwing, arrows, and even poison darts.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
07/16/12 7:45 pm

While you enjoy your one thing, I plan to enjoy life. There is so much to do and enjoy doing. This question reminds me of autism though. It is possible to cope with only one major skill.

lmurder MDK
07/16/12 7:29 pm

Wow. I picked one thing. People be bananas

xboxsumo
07/16/12 7:03 pm

So it's either micheal phelps or an entrepreneur like Edison

tanner904
07/16/12 6:11 pm

I'd much rather be better the 99.999% of people at one thing as long as I could pick. If ur in that group at almost any profession including sports then life will be really good if ur just in the top 10% at everything ur good but not near the best at anything

Vincere Seattle
07/16/12 5:52 pm

@tcby, If you are in the top 10% of the population, that does not translate to being in the top 10% of a given profession because people in that field are already specialized. Even a bad accountant knows more about accounting than 90% of people, because more than 90% of people aren't accountants.

Quinnipiac Here
07/16/12 5:39 pm

I'd rather be exceptional that pretty good.

tcby
07/16/12 5:19 pm

Mrm27 - but that doesn't mean all 10% are actually employed in said field.

And as one of the top 10% my chances of finding employment in that field is dang good considering the multitude of companies that service each major field of employment.

Grocker
07/16/12 5:16 pm

@Zod, I resemble that remark.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
07/16/12 4:51 pm

If you do everything good, never do anything for free. Being limited to one thing gets you stuck in a rut.

Just playing, but seriously, what if your one thing is something like accounting? SOS every day? No thank you!

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/16/12 4:48 pm

I'm already well rounded. The question doesn't say I have to give that up.

brandn1687
07/16/12 4:26 pm

If you do something good, never do it for free. Being well rounded gets you nowhere.