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I was born with this trait, and it comes in very handy.

Let's say you're about to leave a room. Someone calls after you, "Hey Joe! I forgot, there's one more thing I need you to do!" Most people will turn around, or at least stop. It's involuntary. I don't have that problem. I have the ability to just keep walking like I never heard the person, forcing him to give the assignment/work/project to the next poor schmoe who walks by. I can't even begin to tell you how much aggravation this little trick has saved me over the years.

This was something that all the recruits in the Bill the Galactic Hero series of books (by Harry Harrison) learned real fast, going along with the number one rule of being in the military: Never Volunteer.

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