Another awesome word we don’t have in English: Desenrascanco
Portuguese for “The improvisation of a haphazard but effective solution or plan at the last minute.“.
A MacGuyver is a master at the art of desenrascanco. He’s who I want on my team.
My dad was a master at desenrascanco (renovating his apartment and inventing 2 new types of desk with working prototypes in his house…from a wheelchair with one usable arm. I once remember walking in on him, good arm arched over his head, holding a broom handle attached to a live drill, screwing bolts for his desk into ceiling.
My friend Tom is an amazing desenrascanco, cobbling together code, hacking his OS, and making makeshift house repair and drug inhaler solutions.
This is a worthy trait.