The original quote goes: ” a Jack of all trades is a master of none, but often better than a master of one”.
I always felt that my proclivity to learning many things was a bad thing. Then I came across Emily Wapnick’s article and Ted talk on Multipotentialites. I am that…. for sure. I have done many things, I learn about a lot of things, I am curious about many things. Up until recently all of these things were purposeful, distracting, and in spite of a limiting belief. Once I resolved (removed) the limiting belief, I feel like a train running downhill. UNSTOPPABLE!
I still struggle with the stigma that I am a jack of all trades, master of none. It’s usually referred to in the derogatory. In actuality, I am a Master Jack of All Trades. I learn quickly and competently. I understand systems and how things work. Then I came across the actual quote. Interesting how our beliefs create our realities.
The common denominator of all the things I have done, not including the restaurant field, is that I fix things. I have a knack for figuring out how something is supposed to work, finding the problem then a solution. Cars, buildings, computers, people; just to name a few. Now I teach martial arts, fitness, self defense, and I am a peak performance coach.
My problem is that if something is not broken, and I need to figure out how something is supposed to work, the problem is not easily seen, hence, the solution is equally evasive. Example; marketing my business, and learning what works. I am learning what doesn’t work, and the trials are frustrating, especially when I am good at finding problems. In a way I need to create problems so I can identify them and try something else. Bring It!
Are you a renaissance man/woman? Shine baby, Shine! Be the Master Jack of All Trades!
…often better than a master of one.