Jack of All Trades
‘Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than master of one.’
‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, has always been considered to have negative connotations; as if knowing lots about lots of things is somehow inferior to being a complete specialist at one thing.
Nobody seems to really know when the more modern-age qualifier was added, but I agree with it. While I’m a time-served graphic designer, I have had to expand into the realms of web sites and social media; I have a bike business, Campbell Bike Workshop, as I am a Velotech Gold qualified bike mechanic; I operate and maintain our self-catering business, Mansefield House; and I run the online side of our gallery, Mansefield Studios.
For me, I suppose it is about being agile and approaching things using a combination of creativity and problem solving.
Being a specialist in one thing works well for a lot of people, but for me, it’s ‘oftentimes better than master of one’.