Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Jill of All Trades, Master of Some

I have had what you might call an unconventional career path. I think that for many people,  there is the received wisdom that you have to decide what you are going to do when you graduate high school, major in THAT THING, get a job doing the same thing, and do that until you retire.  That has never been my approach. I go through life looking for new experiences, in which I can serve others while enriching myself.

The benefits of this are that I’ve traveled the world, met hundreds (probably thousands) of amazing people who I will always remember, and picked up loads of valuable skills along the way. The downside is that it is a fairly high-stress way to live, and I sometimes have to deal with the skepticism of others who have not chosen a similar path.

The phrase “Jack of All Trades, Master of None” comes up in my mind frequently when I’m experiencing self-doubt.  This article really spoke to me because it assures me that “learning is not a zero-sum game.” Although it specifically addressed tech skills, rest assured that an opportunityto learn a new skill or experience something different should be embraced. It will make you richer in terms of personality and stronger in terms of self-confidence even if you can’t see an immediate benefit to your pocket book. Don’t view it as a dilution of your other skills or a “detour”– it is a part of the journey you were always meant to take.