Jack of many trades
Learning a trade means adding value to your life by acquiring a skill.
Skill- the ability to do something well or with expertise.
This value grants you an advantage over anyone who doesn’t have the same knowledge as you. A larger percentage of people who learn different trades, do so in order to monetize them in the nearest future. As well, trades can be learned just for the purpose of adding to one’s wealth of knowledge. Either ways, a trade learned without being utilized either to earn money or for charity and people development becomes useless after a while.
Now, a ‘Jack of all trades’ is one who has been able to learn or master more trades than others.
The human brain has been endowed with the ability to assimilate as much information, knowledge, trade as possible. And this ability differs from person to person. In the long run, many people don’t even use up to one-third of their brain capacity before they eventually die. In some parts of the world, unlike many others, having knowledge of as many trades as possible is highly celebrated and you see such people with their names in world book of records. But in our part of the world, Africa, despite how gifted and talented we are; many who tend towards being known as jack of all trades are most times seen as over-ambitious. We tend to water down the ability of the human brain to multi-task and achieve as many goals as possible at the same time.
How possible is it to be a Jack of all trade, yet a master in many of them?
It is entirely possible to be a jack of all trades, master of many. How? Specialists overestimate the time needed to “master” a skill and confuse “master” with “perfect”…..
Now the best you can do is pick your field and master it.”
Generalists recognize that the 80/20 principle applies to skills: 20% of a language’s vocabulary will enable you to communicate and understand at least 80%, 20% of a dance like tango (lead and footwork) separates the novice from the pro, 20% of the moves in a sport account for 80% of the scoring, etc. Is this settling for mediocre?
Not at all. Generalists take the condensed study up to, but not beyond, the point of rapidly diminishing returns. There is perhaps a 5% comprehension difference between the focused generalist who studies Japanese systematically for 2 years vs. the specialist who studies Japanese for 10 with the lack of urgency typical of those who claim that something “takes a lifetime to learn.” Hogwash. Based on my experience and research, it is possible to become world-class in almost any skill within one year.
Extracted from Wikipedia
“Jack of all trades, master of none” is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.
Such a Jack of all trades may be a master of integration, as such an individual knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring the individual’s disciplines together in a practical manner. This person is a generalist rather than a specialist.
Bringing this home, in recent times, research has shown it that to be called successful is to be able to have at least four or five streams of income coming from as many trades as possible. Successful people don’t count any knowledge as irrelevant because they don’t know which one can be made into value in the nearest future. The richest men and women in Africa and all over the world are those who invest their money, value and time into different streams and businesses that would later yield them profit.
Must all of my trades align for me to be a master in them?
First, you must understand that there is a difference between a learned skill and an inborn skill. A learned skill is acquired while an inborn skill (innate ability) is one that comes to you naturally, without any formal training. You could have an innate ability of writing while you go to get educated on how to make money through writing. At the same time, this can be combined with other formal education you acquired i.e tertiary education and professional certifications. In addition to this, the same person can get expertise in one or more handiwork.
Now in aligning all of these together, all you have to do is possess a balanced life which gives you enough room to manage your time around each of them. It is preferable to have passion for everyone of them in order for them to align well. Whatever you are passionate about, no matter how tedious it may seem to others, would appear as fun to you. This is one trick which can be useful in managing as many businesses as possible without losing focus on any.
As well, learning to outsource areas of weaknesses to people who have strengths in those areas while you oversee activities is another trick rich and successful men use in managing conglomerates and empires without failing in any area. That way, you can be seen as a master in all your areas of trade.
On a final note, you don’t have to struggle on a particular trade for too long to realize whether to drop it or not, if you have tried other means of outsourcing it and it still doesn’t work for you, then it might be time to reconsider. It is never too late to learn a new trade and become a master in it.
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