The Jack of Trades Dilemma

A friend of mine posted a video that changed my entire view about this quote. I know you’ve heard the saying, “Jack of all trades master of none…..” Someone may have even used the saying to shame you. If so, please keep reading till the end. It will be worth it.

Over the years, I’ve allowed certain people to make me feel that trying new things and changing my career is a bad thing. Who can relate? To be honest, I have changed career paths frequently in the last few years and have even struggled to figure out what I truly want to do.

If I’m honest, I was a little embarrassed about all the avenues I’ve tried and failed at or rather, quit at.
I won’t go down the list. However, this quote has shamed me through it all, “jack of all trades, master of none.” It reminded me I was on track to nowhere if I didn’t figure this thing out soon.

I envy people who know from childhood what they want to do. Some of us knew back then, too. However, something happened along the way. Someone told us we weren’t good enough. Someone said to us that we wouldn’t make a lot of money in that field. Someone projected their own fears of how you wouldn’t be successful or you started down the path and realized it wasn’t for you. I wanted to be a marine biologist growing up. I took one biology class in college and realized I didn’t really like biology like that.

Despite the numerous avenues I’ve taken, I learned valuable lessons and skills from each one. It’s easy to think I’ve wasted time, and people will still try to convince me of that, especially a generation that was used to having one career their whole life. However, nothing is truly wasted.

Kudos to those of us who have the guts to try something new!

Deep down, I believe we all know what we genuinely want in this life. We just have to learn to quiet the outside noise: societal pressures, cultural barriers, and family expectations. Maybe your life wasn’t meant to be a conventional, straightforward path. Perhaps, there is something greater there that a straightforward, boring approach just wouldn’t do. We all know the saying, “jack of all trades, master of none.” I’m not sure why the last part is left often, but it changes the narrative entirely.

Here is it.

“Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than the master of one.”

In other words, you are doing just fine.

Have you heard the entire quote before? Let me know in the comments!

-Ebby LeBlanc

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