25 Things That Are Cool To Be Good At: Good vs. Exceptional

Posted by , Updated on December 21, 2023

There are certain things that are cool to be good at but not so cool to be really good at and we have them on today’s list. Now before we continue, keep in mind that this list is meant to be light reading. We are not implying that if you are really, really good at magic tricks that you are not cool. That probably depends on a gazillion other factors. This list is only a collection of things that funny people have noted may cause you to lose some cool points if you get too good at them. But, of course, that shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love. If you are set on being the nose whistling champion of your neighborhood…go for it. By all means. Don’t listen to the haters.

If your activity is on this list though, then you are probably aware of the possibility for an uncool status. In fact, if you are a professional yo-yo person (yo-yoer…thanks Urban Dictionary), then you are undoubtedly already fully knowledgeable of just how uncool some people think your hobby is, especially after getting beat up and having your yo-yo stolen. But this list isn’t just fun and games. There are some serious hobbies and personality traits on here that can land you in trouble if you get too good at them. Just ask your school debate champions. You don’t know them? Yea, that’s what we thought. They probably don’t have many friends. Okay, we’re joking. Just have fun reading the list and get back to work before you get fired. These are 25 things that are cool to be good at but not so cool to be really good at.



Remembering people's personal information

Remembering people's personal informationSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

This can be useful, but if you’re too good at it things can get awkward.


Cornhole (bean bag toss)

Cornhole (bean bag toss)Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

This is cool to sort of play on weekends before football games, but if you’re joining leagues and whatnot, well that’s slightly less cool.


Games on your phone

Games on your phoneSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Beating Angry Birds is something to talk about, but if all do you is beat Angry Birds, you need to reassess your priorities.


Moving quietly

Moving quietlySource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Not making noise in the office/library/elsewhere can be nice, but if you’re always sneaking up on people, that might freak them out a bit.


Mario Kart

Mario KartSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

It’s nice to be good at it and have fun during family get togethers, but if you’re too good, those get togethers can turn sour real quick.



JugglingSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

It’s a nice party trick, but if this is the only thing you do, it suddenly becomes slightly less cool.


Drinking games

Drinking gamesSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

If you’re having fun with friends it’s ok, but once you start winning all the time, that can send the wrong signal about how you spend your free time.



DDRSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Dancing is always cool, even if it’s a video game. But just like with regular video games, there is a point where more skill leads to less cool.



MagicSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Whipping out a card trick at dinner can be entertaining. Doing magic for a living though – that puts you in the “potentially weird” category



KaraokeSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

It’s good to be sort of ok, at least so people’s ears don’t bleed. But if you’re one of those opera singers who crash karaoke parties just to make everyone else feel bad…not cool.


Saving money

Saving moneySource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Being good at saving is smart and wise. Being a miser, not so much.



WineSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Good wine knowledge can make you seem cultured. Too much wine knowledge can make you seem pretentious.


Quoting movies

Quoting moviesSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

It’s sort of cool when you can reference movies every now then. It might even make for cool conversation or jokes. But doing it all the time is sure to lose you some friends.



MathSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Being good at math is kind of cool, even in school. But if you’re on the math team, that is not quite as cool.


Jumping rope

Jumping ropeSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Being ok at jumping rope is nice and it can be enjoyable. Once you start doing tricks though, people might start thinking you’re a little weird.


Using a yo yo

Using a yo yoSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

This is kind of like a card trick…it’s cool in moderation. Once you start getting really good though, the coolness level declines.



BowlingSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

If you average below an 85, you’re probably physically handicapped. If you average above a 170, you’re probably socially handicapped.


Catching babies falling out of windows

Catching babies falling out of windowsSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

The first time it happens, people will be grateful. Maybe even the second time. But once you start regularly showing up wherever there is a baby falling out of a window, people might start asking some questions.


Fitting your car into tight spots while changing lanes

Fitting your car into tight spots while changing lanesSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

This can be useful in rush hour traffic. If you’re too good at this though, you might start scaring your passengers.



Debate/dialogueSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Being good at debate or dialogue can be a useful social skill. Being too good can be an efficient way to make enemies.


Making money

Making moneySource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Most people respect somebody that can make money. Once you get too good though, your new friends usually have ulterior motives and your old friends, well, they’ll still be there but probably think you spend too much time working.


Picking locks

Picking locksSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Being good is pretty cool. Being too good will probably raise some eyebrows.


Suppressing emotions

Suppressing emotionsSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Suppressing your emotions is considered a mature things to do. Smothering your emotions is considered mentally unhealthy.


Using coupons

Using couponsSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

Getting some discounts is smart shopping. Always bragging about how you bought $600 worth of clothing for 5 cents is annoying.


Nose whistling

Nose whistlingSource: reddit, Image: pixabay

It’s cool the first time.