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What’s Wrong With Being A Jack Of All Trades?

Niklas Göke
Jul 7, 2017 · 2 min read

You know what’s always bugged me about the phrase jack of all trades, master of none?

The master of none. There are two reasons it bugs me:

  1. It’s true and I’m the perfect example of it.
  2. In today’s world, it’s irrelevant.

Being A Generalist Is No Longer A Bad Thing…

In the Middle Ages, if you only sorta knew how to repair a horse shoe, weren’t funny enough to be the king’s jester and just half-decent at farming, you were screwed.

Sometimes literally.

Today, if you know how to work a video camera, are kinda funny and can edit a little bit, you win.

We still need specialists, but more and more, specialized work becomes commoditized, because at one point, a robot will do better heart surgery than a heart surgeon.

…But We Haven’t Received The Message Yet

Luckily, some people work hard to spread the word that being a generalist is not a bad thing.

People like Emilie Wapnick, who coined the term multipotentialite. Her TED talk about the topic has been viewed 4,000,000+ times.

And yet, look at the top comment:

If you’re a generalist, a polymath, a renaissance person, a multipotentialite, or whatever you call yourself: we need you.

The world needs jacks of all trades. And it also needs an updated version of the phrase.

How about jack of all trades, master of all?

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