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  1. When I was a little girl, people would ask, “If you could have one superpower what would it be?” and I would always say, “The Ultimate Power of Persuasion!!!!” I would get a lot of concerned looks for that one, as if I was some diabolical child we needed to keep close tabs on.

    Although once I hit law school, nobody seemed to think it was such a nefarious thing to want. :)

    I still think it covers just about anything else that is fairly impossible and still truly desirable, but I suppose I wouldn’t be mad if I had X-Ray vision, or if I could play pool.

    I wish I was a little better at origami, too. I always think I’m great, but I always show myself up when push comes to shove.

    Comment by r* — 08/09/2021 @ 12:20:29 AM

  2. talk people into voting me for president. does that count?

    Comment by transience — 08/09/2021 @ 07:34:37 AM

  3. I think the two of you are on a similar track. Transience could be President, R* could be her Attorney General…

    Comment by CT — 08/09/2021 @ 08:11:20 AM

  4. Oh, if I could be a little better organized…
    or focused… or decisive…

    Comment by tommy — 08/09/2021 @ 09:50:13 AM

  5. i’m sure it would be something sexual.

    Comment by tim — 08/09/2021 @ 11:24:59 AM

  6. are we using the word “talent” - in contrast with “skill” - as that demonstrable ability innately resident within a person despite little or no effort to acquire or develop that ability? if so, then it sounds to me like the question might accurately be re-stated as, “What would you like to be able to do if you could do it well without having to work very hard to do it well?”

    my answer to that question would be, “just about anything: martial arts… play piano… sing… paint… stand-up comedy… write eloquent and persuasive essays about significant social issues… easily develop rapport with others via intuition/empathy… run a marathon… hunt for and grow my own food vs. modern-day supermarket fare… race a car in the daytona 500… calculate pi in my head to 1,000 places… predict successful investments… i could go on, but i believe my thoughts on this are fairly clear by now :-)

    Comment by richard_h — 08/09/2021 @ 11:49:42 AM

  7. I would rule school with a really good slapshot.

    Comment by liz — 08/10/2021 @ 07:35:15 AM

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