A truck made a detour through our garden wall.

I was remarkably relaxed about it, mainly because I knew Laurie Lambeth could repair it.

Laurie is more than a dry stone waller. He’s a craftsman, an artist and a really nice bloke, too.

I watched him working, mesmerised by how he magically seemed to know the perfect stone to fit in the right place.

A huge random stone jigsaw puzzle.

When I took him a cuppa, we ended up chatting about this and that. And he shared something that really struck a chord.

He mentioned the number of times when customers, actually blokes (always blokes) would say, ‘I would have done it myself, but I don’t have much time’.


You think you could just turn your hand to dry stone walling?

I held my up my hands and confessed that I wouldn’t have a clue where to start and I’ll stick with writing, coaching and speaking.

Laurie confessed he would hate the idea of public speaking.

And we nodded. Sagely.

What’s your expertise?

What can you do that makes you an expert?

What do you need to be better at?

I’d choose something easier than Dry Stone Walling.

Be Brilliant!


PS I’d love to know your expertise. Please leave a comment below.


  1. December 3rd 2020 by Angie Morrish

    Herding cats – otherwise know as getting school governors to embrace their strategic responsibilities and all move in the same direction!

  2. December 3rd 2020 by Margaret Whittaker

    Bouncing back. I thought my fielde of dreams was about to cough up something wonderful, then oops backstabbing manipulation jealousy eto fired some colleagues and I was initially gutted, then thought – I dont do that I know my own integrity, I know I am right and I dug in my heels even though there were risks and I was out on a limb – needed legal assistance but all that did was reassure me that indeed I was right, I would restore my field of dreams and with a couple of friends we are on our way to overcome all this negativity gteed etc. Hang on in there Be Brilliant even when things are really knocking you around, it will come good if you believe in yourself and know your own integrity.

  3. December 3rd 2020 by Anito

    Great note and a bit like the credit card advert!

    We get this all the time, our business is IT and the amount of problems we can solve in 10 minutes vs people trying themselves to resolve for days is (to coin the advert) priceless

  4. December 3rd 2020 by Matthew Chandaengerwa

    Mine is in logistics. Not the complicated type but just being able to hire trucks from someone and deploying them effectively to deliver the service that I want.

  5. December 4th 2020 by Chris

    I can crochet anything just by looking at a picture
    Just a pity I’m not so proficient at selling the finished product although giving them away is so easy 😉

    1. December 4th 2020 by Michael Heppell

      That’s amazing Christine. Wow!

  6. December 4th 2020 by Richard Thomas

    my skill was in getting people to do things they thought they couldn’t. But now the real test, can I do the same with my extended family… 🙂

  7. December 6th 2020 by Joachim Buarø

    I make sustainable food production at sea possible all over the world 🙂

  8. December 8th 2020 by ANNE BETH JORDAN

    Mine is being able to see exactly what i want my photo to reveal and seeing it once I’ve clicked the camera

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