Some people out there just don’t like to brag about themselves…
And that makes sense, right?
But still…it’s nice for people to toot their own horns every once in a while so we can get to know them better…at least in my opinion.
What are you good at but you don’t brag about very often?
AskReddit users spoke up.
1. Home is where the heart is.
“I never take credit for being an excellent homemaker.
Now, to be fair, I only work p/t so I do have more time on my hands than the average person.
BUT still… I keep a spotless, lovingly decorated home and I love to cook a good meal for visitors.
Not too many people enjoy or are good at homemaking these days.
It’s a lost art, if I do say so myself.”
“I saved a kid from drowning.
She and her sis had swam too deep for them to reach the bottom and the waves were going over their heads. Even I was slightly overwhelmed with the strength of the waves. She could barely pop over them to breathe occasionally. If she didn’t have her big sister with her to yell for help she’d have drowned.
It was years ago, but I still think about it sometimes. I always squish the impulse to talk about it, although it’s on my mind every once in a while. Sounds like bragging of the worst sort.”
3. Can’t talk about it.
“I ghostwrote for Columbia Records but ghostwriting is taboo in hip-hop so I can’t really talk about how awesome of a writer I am.”
4. I’m jealous!
“I read OBSCENELY fast.
Like, on a day where all I do is read, I can do three or four novels.
My friends timed me once and it was between 8 and 11 seconds per page.”
5. Good skill to have.
“I’m very, very good at mental math. Not savant level but it really used to wow people when I was a kid.
Now that I’m an adult with a job with no connection to math it doesn’t come up much.”
“I can mix drinks really well and have a great sense of what would go great in a cocktail since I was 14 because my mother used to own a restaurant and bar.
I’m 18 now and make good stuff for my parents.
I’m also well versed in French and Northern Italian cooking and can make amazing dishes.
It comes from the fact that my father is a good cook and my aunt is a professional chef and will own her own gourmet past restaurant in a year.”
7. Break it up.
“I’m ridiculously good at mediating fights/arguments.
Used to do it constantly for my mom and her ex-boyfriend as a teen.
Could’ve been a career path if I wasn’t mentally unstable myself.:
8. Can I come over?
“I make amazing chicken soup. I am making some tomorrow.
I make the stock from scratch. It’s actually a 3 day thing. Day 1 I roast a whole chicken covered in rosemary lemon butter. I shred the leftover meat off the carcass.
Day 2 I make chicken sandwiches out of some of the leftover meat. Basically a chicken melt on sourdough bread with the leftover chicken, Jarlsberg and smoked gruyere cheese.
Then I make the stock out of the chicken carcass, herbs, carrots, celery and onions. I add the last of the chicken meat and egg noodles to make the soup. I’m no pro chef but it’s really good soup.”
9. I’d like to see that.
“Being over 6 ft, broad as a s**t house, think Scottish accent, beard down to my middle of my chest…
I can skip surprisingly fast, like I can skip faster than I can run.”
10. That’s great!
“Making people feel good about themselves by helping them understand their worth and finding strengths and positives in most human beings.”
“I am a very handy individual with little formal training.
From replacing a timing belt to wiring a house, building a roof or a patio, computer repair, stripping and waxing floors. I can do or fix it all.
Luckily I have a career doing maintenance and custodial work, so I never need to spend money on equipment repair.
And just bought a fixer upper home that requires a lot of fixing.”
12. Quite a life.
“I have done a fair amount of disaster relief work.
I’ve held people and cried with them as they told me of their lost family members, their destroyed homes, and been able to compartmentalize that and lead groups of volunteers to build shelters.
I’ve dealt with corrupt politicians, dangerous gangs, almost died in an earthquake, and been about to keep going when it was so hard, my body hurt so much, and I was so emotionally drained.
I’ve had my moments. I’m currently depressed and in a very dark spot, but dammit, I’ve helped this world. I’ve helped people who were sleeping in the dirt to get under better shelter.
I’ve helped a baby whose mother was crushed in an earthquake get formula when no women were lactating in her village. I’ve played with children in a refugee camp and given my heart fully.”
13. That’s a good skill.
“I am a great time manager.
I can get so much work done without having to cancel anything important and I never leave anything last minute.
I don’t like to brag about it because I know how many people struggle with that and I don’t want them to feel insecure about it.
I don’t know how I got that skill but I feel really privileged with it especially after I seen how many closed ones suffer from the lack of it.”
14. Nice work!
“I got substitute teacher of the month out of the whole county.
Does that count?”
15. Southern cooking.
“I make a mean pot of beans, melt in your mouth greens, and kick-a** cornbread.
Bring your sweets, Supper and heart-blessing at my house, 6 PM, Southern standard time. “
16. I’m impressed.
“A game called Geometry Dash.
Second best in my country although that is not really impressive, which is why I don’t brag about it that much.”
17. Workin’ hard!
“I am consistently one of the two top loaders in the warehouse I currently work at.
I would also scan 10 percent of the daily volume at the last place I worked, and also won employee of the month in the first month of the first facility I worked for.
I like boxes.”
18. Good memory.
“It’s really stupid, but if you ever want anyone to remember your birthday, I’m your girl.
I get such a joy from wishing people a happy birthday. It’s like crack to me. I dunno.”
19. Good ear.
“I have a very well-developed musical ear.
I can point out just about any detail you can ask about if I hear it, and I can replicate most songs I hear on the piano.
Can’t really brag about it since I feel like it just comes out sounding pretentious.”
20. Baby whisperer.
“I’m really really good at soothing babies.
Getting them to calm down. Most of my friends don’t have kids.
But my wife remarks on it any time I get the chance. “
“I am blind, and I’ve gotten really good at faking like I can see.
My eyes don’t look blind, and I can make eye contact and have great spacial orientation.
Can’t brag about it, because a lot of people think I’m faking.”
22. You’re a genius.
“I never have a watch on me and don’t really look at my phone much… but I can always tell the exact time of day within about five minutes every single time.
In all my years of people asking what time it is not even my close friends have noticed that I can do it without looking at a phone/clock/watch, I just know it in my head.
Other than that I’m helplessly stupid.”
“I’ve vomited (from sickness) in 5 out of the 7 continents.
It’s my proudest achievement.
I’m not sure if that makes my life uneventful or my accomplishment is amazing… Probably the former”
“Saved an old lady’s life who was standing at the train tracks paralysed like a deer in headlights. Threw my bag off, ran across the bridge and pulled her off.
Felt pretty good that entire week and my friends were super proud of me, even though a few family members (whom I later narrated the incident to) felt I risked my life for it.
Can promise this never comes up in conversations.”
25. Just like Steve McQueen.
“I’m a really skilled driver, of pretty much anything on four wheels.
Race track, drifting, snow, mud, quads, race cars, trucks, buggies, jeeps, I’m just good at it.
None of my friends like cars or spirited driving, so it doesn’t come up.”
“I’m pretty good at making random edible things such as mozzarella cheese, apple butter, and chive blossom vinegar.
I have some other kinda notable achievements so if I’m ever introduced to others it’s always about how I cycled across Canada or a few other things like that. I’m equally proud of my apple butter making though!
Also my sense of direction, I can’t remember ever being truly lost.”
How about you?
What are you good at but you don’t like to brag about?
Tell us all about it in the comments, please!