Jack of all trade, master of none.

United States
March 31, 2007 2:23am CST
Which would you prefer to become? Or which one are you? Do you consider or would you like to be a jack of all trade, knowing a lot of things, capable of doing a variety of work, but not having a specialty, or something that you are really really good at? Or are you, or would you rather be a master of your chosen profession? Do you think being an expert in only one field would benefit you more than knowing how to do several things? Personally, I would want to be the former over the latter, it would be very nice to be an expert, an it could possibly be the way towards earning a lot of recognition. But being flexible one thing that I would want to maintain in my life, and that includes being able to adapt and learn new stuff, in the sense of knowing the basics, and expanding that knowledge from then on, but not to the extent of mastering it. I think that would work better for myself. How about you? Which one would you want to be, or may I say, which of the two are you?
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• India
31 Mar 07
well practically if i see I would like to be Jack....infact I am a jack only.... you c presently in my luife I am performing so so so many contrasting different roles in my life thayt lets me fly in the wide orizon and let me think beyond the zenith....abnd it gives me oppurtunity to do so many diffferent suited or unsuited jobs.... and i Love that... moreover the corporate world wouldn't like u much today if u r a master of one trade....coz ttoday iss the time of multidimensional personalities.....versatiles are more required everywhere!!! and many a tijmes, being a ,master gives u just a something ratio over manythings that u get from being a jack only!!! I remember my tarot No. 3 read a joker--the reader told me that joker means wherever I am gonna be ,...I am gonna fit into it...and it was really nice to hear...that I am gonna be a jack
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@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
31 Mar 07
I'm more in the category of jack of all trades. But there is that danger of a little bit of knowledge being dangerous. So if you're going to be a jack, be a good one.LOL.
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• India
31 Mar 07
While it's nice to know a lot of things, one needs to have special and in-depth knowledge in at least one of the fields, otherwise, though one will be extremely popular, it won't translate into monetary and financial success. I play a bit of TT, I write blogs, I design posters, write slogans and punchlines, contribute articles to newspapers, pen poetry and analyze handwritings, but I'm a software professional full-time. Everything else are my hobbies, things that I do at my leisure. My friends tell me that I can become a full time copywriter or a design consultant, but I prefer to moonlight with them, and don't see them as a full time career. This way, I look forward to taking up an assignment here and there, just to whet my appetite for variety, but things would not be the same if I had to do the same things everyday and that too under deadlines! I need to develop software under deadlines and know how hard it is! Everything else is just for fun! One of my friends too is like me, but he doesn't specialize in anything and has a hard time. He is considered by people as an odd-jobs Mr Fixit kind of a guy, but he barely earns enough to pay for his expenses. Life is tough and while knowledge in multiple domains is a plus, one needs to specialize in at least one domain.
• United States
31 Mar 07
Very nicely said, it is a longing for variety that tends to sway us away from mastering a craft. The fear of being stucked and static. But also, having a variety of knowledge in different fields makes the job lighter, it serves as an outlet for frustrations especially when everything is not so perfect with the full time profession that we have.
@mongtot (90)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
Actually, I want to become the first one because you can be versatile if you know the basic of the different fields. For example, an accident occurred, if you know the basic of medicine, even if only first aid, you can save lives, or even your own. I don't really like to master any because mastering one will make you static and you will just focus on what you picked, not being to learn any other skills anymore. And also, people will be counting more on you with regard to the profession you chose. And failing even once would greatly ruin your reputation.
• United States
31 Mar 07
Well, I think mastering or perfecting a specific craft tends to make all eyes turn to you. Therefore, the consequence is fame, but also if you fail, you would also remember that the whole world has been watching you fail. And that is too much pressure.
@phon4u (2217)
• Laos
1 Apr 07
I try to do one thing until I finish, if it is so boring I have to do like a master of none, go around find some things to do more, then I go back again. That makes my earnings more interesting more and fun more than focus on one thing.
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I can actually say Im good with alot of things. And for being a woman I think thats pretty good. I think being an expert in just one thing doesnt really get you anywhere. You should know alot of different skills today.
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
31 Mar 07
I prefer none of them. If you master nothing you will be fooled easily, if you master everything which is impossible, you will still be fooled. There is nothing impossible, it's true, but this also means it's not impossible to fool the smartest of mind. I believe that if I put all my hard and soul together with hard work and determination into everything, I can do it. I love myself and like what I am doing now, even if I don't have the brain of Einstein or the wealth of Bill Gates. If you don't know and can't accept yourself for who you are, then you will not be a master of anything, since you are not even your own master.
@socorban (651)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Well what if your capable of mastering many things? Im a master of many trades, and it is very convieniant being fully capable on many fields. It only takes a little time invested to learn and master something then move on to the next, i guess its neccesisty that would drive one to this point.
@yazumi95 (27)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
i consider myself as jack of all trades as of this time... :) it is nice to know a lot of things but sometimes you just need to concentrate to at least one.. so my goal as of this time is to specialize on atleast one knowledge or specialization. :)
@kurtbiewald (2629)
• United States
31 Mar 07
until or unless I see anything worth doing, I'm retired
@pengqing (218)
• China
31 Mar 07
understand each country's customs!My hunger and English proficiency training. This must be a wonderful start!
• Pakistan
31 Mar 07
currently i m jack of all and master of none but i would certainly like to excel in one field
@EvanHunter (4030)
• United States
31 Mar 07
A few times I have been called this and it kind of rubs me the wrong way. I have real skills and I am probly one of the best at the skills I have and when someoen says this to me I get a little offended. I feel my skills are as good as anyone else who has concentrated on one thing. I think being on both the manufacturing/building side as well as the design side has given me insight that most dont have.
@kampo90 (289)
• Antarctica
31 Mar 07
I would definitely like to be a master of af a something than rather now about alot of things put nos so proufouandle reason why is that you come by alot of people that now alot of things ut you rarely come by a master of somethinga and in general he is more apreciated than other people but its hard to just only now one thing and not something else to i think you can become a master of something buts still now something about other stuff to i mean everything has a conection you just have to find it
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
as of now i could say that im no master of all things just know alittle of that and those menial things...but i prefer to be jack of all trades and be a master of none..i will be more flexible in job description and it is a great advantages
@ruslop (71)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Interesting question. I have described myself as a jack of all trades and master of a few. I tend to get bored once I have mastered something and constantly seek a challenge. Once I have mastered something I tend to move on to something new. So I have changed the age old saying to fit my perspective of myself. What is difficult in the world today is trying to decide what you want to do the rest of your life when there are some many opportunities out there. Years ago children were trained generally to follow a family trade or business and there wasnt as much confusion as to what you were going to do. With globalization, educational opportunities and the internet, possibilities are endless and I think more and more people are becoming jacks of all trades.
• China
31 Mar 07
I began my career just more than half a year ago,so I'm not sure which one I'm right now,but I know which one I prefer to be in future. I will choose jack of all trade as my aim.As my major is language so the more languages I master, the more helpful to my work.In addition,I think one with many skills and knowledge will be popular,cause no matter you're work at and your interests are,they can say some words which make you two be connected in certain ways.After all,one task for all life is communication.