When I was a kid, I was told that I was a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” At the time, I just laughed about it (I wasn’t really sure what it meant). Isn’t it a good thing to be interested in many things? I thought.
Recently, this quote popped into my head and I did a little bit of digging. It turns out there is more to this quote. In the words of Viktor Vicsek, “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Reading this, I count my blessings that I have been given many opportunities, enjoy many things, and am not just a master of one.
Before you read any further, please note I am not a trained psychologist. Anything I state on my blog I hope you are reading for insight or amusement. If you truly want professional assistance or advice, I recommend turning to Psychology Today for a list of professionals. Now, with this off my chest, let us continue…
Embrace Your Jack Of All Trades Personality
When we focus all of our efforts on one thing and only one thing, we pigeonhole ourselves from other experiences. Our lives become consumed by one thing. Day to day life becomes completely focused on it. We live and breathe one and only one thing. All of our friends are in that one pool; we surround ourselves with similarly-minded people with similarly-all-consumed lives. So, where’s the development?
Challenging your mindset comes from befriending and listening to people with different views and different hobbies. Becoming a well-rounded individual comes from multiple experiences in different areas of life. They don’t have to be drastic, but if every day is spent at a sports practice, how will someone ever know they have a musical talent or enjoyment of reading (just to name a couple)? You may not ever know unless you stop and check.
And What If It’s Gone?
There are many aspects to my life: Music, friends, sport, home renovations, horses, swimming, cooking, writing, playing with my dog, work, (recently) crafting… the list goes on. When one aspect of my life isn’t happening, there are so many things to fill that void. As a master of one, or single-mindedly focusing on one, what happens? What happens if the only thing you know isn’t available?
This year has shown us that many things can come and go. It’s a fluid situation and ever-changing. If your whole life is focused on one of the things that have come in and out of our current pandemic lifestyle, I can imagine you might be struggling. So, to all my dance club kind of gals (and more), I challenge you to broaden your horizons.
Meet people outside of your bubble; make friends with your neighbours, pick up a hobby, try something new, enjoy a book, or something else. It’s a time to realize that being a jack of all trades is certainly better than being a master of one.