WestcoastApprentise has gotten a lot of grief for his post. It's unfortunate for our industry but I agree with his assessment of the techs he worked with before. Knowing 1/2 of everyone we work with is below average and doesn't care. I have said before I have known only about 10 good techs and maybe 5 great techs. The rest get by and that's it.
What I see in WCA is a very competitive person that will not allow anyone to beat him in his chosen field. Some of you that were gifted with an athletic ability know when up against another athlete that you can't let them beat you. You'll die trying.
I see WCA not able to leave something unknown. What ever it takes to solve the current question in his head he'll do it. This is potential. I know this because I've seen it before just not very often.
I don't believe in useless knowledge as there is a connectedness to be found. A person who's brain functions as a generalist finds connections where others don't.
I think WCA finds real energy in competition with his peers. A good thing for him, not so much for his peers.
"What Fools these mortals be"....Puck