How Can I Try So Hard And Still Suck?

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Are there some things that you try real hard at but just continue to suck? Do you ever think so much of yourself that you feel you can master everything you attempt?



Being a NC Realtor at the coast in Holden Beach, NC has it's advantages. Some days you get to go and show a beautiful oceanfront beach home. For lunch, I can grab a sandwich, a lawn chair and go sit on the beach with my iPod. It's a great way to clear your head. Every now and then, I get invited for an afternoon of fishing. There was a quote I once heard,

"Even a fish could stay out of trouble if it would just learn to keep its mouth shut".

It took me a while but I finally understand the quote. I used to tell people that I was a fisherman. I actually used to believe it when I heard myself say those words. It only takes one afternoon of fishing with me and you will realize that I suck when it comes to fishing.


Imagine this... You get invited to got out for an afternoon with a Pro Fishing Guide. You accept the invitation with a warning that you are a horrible fisherman because you feel other people have a right to know. It's sort of like I should come with my own warning sticker. This Pro Guide took me to places where it looked like the fish would jump into your boat by themselves while you get a tan. He took me to his double top secret fishing holes that looked like front covers of Saltwater Fishing magazine. I was simply amazed that these places existed on our beautiful Carolina Coast. At one point, my guide was able to anchor up to a spot that he has never been able to anchor to in all his days of fishing due to the strong currents that were always present. He got excited like a small child on this day and told me to get ready, things were about to heat up because we were now at a once forbidden spot he had longed to fish from for as long as he could remember.  


AnchorThe only anchor my guide carried on his boat that day was me. Nothing. Zero. Nada. No fish that day. I actually thought I had a few bites that day because I am an optimist. I still believe that I had a few bites. No way it was snags on the bottom.





SeafoodWe are talking the ocean here. There are fish in the ocean aren't there? I know there are because I go to seafood restaurants on a regular basis and they have fish. Where did they come from?



The National Center for Fisherman Who Suck report that 9 out of 10 people who go fishing, accidentally catch at least one fish per outing. So much for those statistics. I guess they forgot to interview me or I am the guy at the #10 spot.



I own my own boat. I have enough fishing gear that Bass Pro shop would be envious of. I can talk the talk with anyone. I can take you to secluded fishing holes where I have seen other fishermen catch fish. I can throw cast nets and rig your line like a pro does. I can dazzle you with my knowledge of tides and currents and fishing habitats. I may never master the hook and line but I doubt that I will ever quit trying. The sun can go down on my day of fishing but tomorrow is a new day. 






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Gregory Lohr
West Columbia, SC

We must be twins, seperated at birth.  I gave up fishing many years ago.  I would go fishing with others, they would always catch fish, big fish, many fish,, fish, fish, fish, fish.  (feeling a bit like Dr. Suess). 

Me...nothing, notta, zilch, zero.  I finally just gave up.  I felt like I was just wasting my time getting frustrated for no reason.  All I had to do was walk away from the pole.  They could pick up my pole, cast it, and catch a fish.  No bites for me.

If anyone has any insight regarding this crudley imposing "NO FISHING" zone placed around my life, I would love a bit of insight please.  To say it in the nicest possible way....SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH DETAILED INFO...DO IT NOW!

Sep 21, 2008 03:13 PM #1
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Steve, with only one comment on this post, I thought it was probably a doozer.   Little did I know that your lament was going to reel me right in, hook, line and sinker.  You may be a lousy fisherman, but you sure are a good blogger!

Why don't you just take that pro with you again and don't even try to fish; just watch him do it.  Watch and copy, that's all.  ...And enjoy yourself!  That's really what it's all about.  Besides, all those stories you hear about the big one a fisherman caught?  Lies, I tell you, all lies!  They buy that big trophy fish on E-Bay...

Sep 21, 2008 03:30 PM #2
Dick & Sandy Beals
Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC - Wilmington, NC


Great blog and graphics!!  The moral of your story is still "A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work"  In our business most days are good, could you imagine that your job required you to catch fish?

Dick Beals

Sep 22, 2008 11:38 PM #3
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

And I thought that big sucking sound was the sound of another home going in to foreclosure!

Thanks for clearing that up!!!

Sep 23, 2008 12:06 AM #4
Richard Schardt
Keller Williams Realty - Kernersville, NC
Triad NC Real Estate

Hi Steve, This is a great post, good philosophy and great pictures! I sure can identify with the try so hard and still suck! It's not fishing for me, but it still applies. However I'm afraid I do have one HUGE complaint with your post... I am insanely jealous about that sit on the beach at lunch to clear your head thing! 

Sep 23, 2008 12:44 PM #5
xxx x
Albany, NY

Richard. Drive down. You are not that far away. Make it a business trip. We'll take a cooler and both clear our heads and solve the worlds problems on the beach.

Sep 23, 2008 01:04 PM #6
Katie Evans
Keller Williams - Greenville, NC

Steve, Excellent post with killer graphics.  My fishing started in the third grade with a hook in my very long hair.  Later in life I realized that I was better at drinking beer! 

Good luck.....I guess we can have all the tools and still not know how to use them. 

Sep 24, 2008 10:44 AM #7
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Even a fish could stay out of trouble if it would just learn to keep its mouth shut.

With all the fisherpeople in my family, I can't believe I've never heard that one before. It's getting sent to a billion people this evening. LOL

Oct 09, 2008 11:44 AM #8
Mark A Ferraiolo
Century21 Killian Real Estate - Bloomsburg, PA


As a someone relatively new to blogging and new to Active Rain, I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents on your topic.

The way I see it is that some people seem to be successful at most everything they try. For others (like me and apparently you) life just doesn't seem work that way. I think the key is to keep trying different things until you find something you really do like and your really good at.

Take my brother Dave for example, I know we've discussed him in the past. He's no fisherman, hunter or ball player, in fact he, like me, sucks at all those things, but literally everything he touches turns to gold. I can only dream of having that gift! Opportunity knocks on his door on such a regular basis it even surprises him! He pretty much takes for granted his ability to make money but there's something about him that doesn't "suck" when it comes to bringing home the bacon and he loves it!

Me? Well, I've discovered after all these years that I will never have whatever traits are needed to "not suck" at doing certain things (like becoming wealthy) but I am too stubborn to just quit trying that one!

Hence, my delving into the field of Real Estate. So far things are moving way too slow for me, but I don't think its because I "suck" at being a Realtor, I just got into it at a bad time and realized getting in that it would take quite a while to build my client base. Hopefully, in a few years I won't look back and realize I "suck" at being a Realtor!

 Fishing? I suck worse than you do at that! What did I do about it? Quit trying. Channeled my energies into something I don't suck playing the drums! After all, hobbies (like fishing) are supposed to be a form of stress relief, not something to add stress to an already stressful life, right?

Now unfortunately, I will never get rich playing the drums, but I do enjoy it as much or more than some people enjoy fishing, playing golf or any other form of recreation and it does provide a great deal of stress relief and exercise.

And you know what? Every once in a while while playing with the band, I'll feel just like the sport fisher who just caught the biggest fish ever or the golfer who just landed a hole in one! The end result is the same. A feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction and something you can be proud of. It feels good to be doing something that you know in the depths of your soul that you dont "suck" at!

Maybe you should sell that boat and join a band?


Oct 18, 2008 02:49 AM #9
Gil Coleman


If you can read what my message because of too many typos its probably because my eyes are waterning from laughing so hard.  I found you online after going fishing today at my local fishing hole having been skunked (again).  I said the google gods must be able to help so I google 'i suck at fishing please help" and Lord Steve shows up. 

Is there a new revival fisherman's church I could join, convert, and donatet my services to?

Thank you very much for the much needed laugh!  I watch the World Fishing Network on Dish Network all day long trying to expand my bad fishy figure with a name like Gil, I should be catching like mad!  I guess i need to change the spelling of my name to include 2 L's!!!


Gil - fishless in Colorado,

Nov 08, 2008 10:46 AM #10
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