A Jack of all Trades and a Master of None is often better than a Master of One!
The meaning of this phrase switches back and forth between compliment and diss.
And “diss” is what we want to get to the bottom of.
The original phrase “a Jack of all trades” was used to describe Willian Shakespeare, actor turned playwright. But this same phrase could have as easily been coined for the likes of Aristotle, Leonardo Di Vinci, or Benjamin Franklin. These were some of the many historic figures who knew that the greater their scope of knowledge, the easier it would be to solve problems and create.
The second part was added “Master of None” to belittle those that didn’t or don’t specialize. And that is how we usually remember this quote. Finally, the rhyme was finished to even out the playing field and to remind us that there is room and need for Generalists and Specialists in this world and where you work.
Why I would want to hire Jacks of All Trades
B - Broad Knowledge (More connected)
A - Academic Agility (Learn quicker)
C - Confidence and curiosity (Asks questions)
O - Open-minded Originator (Creators)
N - Not Narrow Focused (Deep thinkers)
Learn as much as you can, specialize later, but never stop yearning for the learning.
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