Jack of All Trades

“A jack of all trades, master of none”

Never has this simple saying been more relevant. In the present day it simple doesn’t work to be the best at one thing. You’ll do great in your market, hell you’ll be the best, but in the end, in order to break through that glass ceiling, you’ll need to expand your skill set by learning some new tricks, skills and methods.

No matter where you go, what you do, successful people are able to do a number of things well, rather than one thing great. They may not be the best at any single task, but time and time again they will succeed. Not because they are the best, but because they provide the most value. Find a way to add value and once you do, don’t stop.

But hey, I’m only 22 years old and have a small perspective on life compared to many others. What do you think is more valuable to be a jack of all trades or a master at a couple?

Stay classy.

2 Responses to “Jack of All Trades”
  1. Becky says:

    Your life will be enriched by following a broad array of interests. Pursue everything that appeals to you. Allow no limits.

  2. Justin says:

    Master of a few…

    I think the focus has shifted too far to being a “jack of all trades” and not on being a true expert with strong leadership qualities. A person can be well rounded while still being well versed in a few things that set them above the rest.

    With the mastery of a few things you can be looked at as an expert. As an expert with good business sense, you will gain respect. As you gain respect, you will be looked at as a leader. Being a leader you will be able to surround yourself with valuable people that are good at what they do. Make it a point to be able to recognize the strengths of others coupled with your mastery of a few valuable things. Together you form a jack of all trades, and together, you succeed.

    Sure being a handyman is an attractive quality, but what happens when you need to wire a new building? You call an expert electrician. A handyman may have to do 10 jobs to try and equate to the expert electricians 1 job in terms of value.. or even $.

    How would you break a glass window with your hand? Form a solid fist or spread out your fingers leading with your middle finger to break first?

    Form your “fist” and break through that class ceiling!

    Great idea with this blog Charlie.. Keep the creative juices flowing!

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