So my last post was talking about experts whom I admire. And then this…
Do you think it’s better to be a recognized expert for one thing, or known to be really good at lots of things?
“Jack of all trades and master of none…” I hate that phrase. Probably because it can be a little too accurate for my comfort level. I understand that you can be an expert of everything and nothing at the same time. One of my friends told me that I can’t do everything and, admittedly, it agitated me more than a little bit. I know completely that she said it will all of the love in the world, but it made me dig my heels in just that much more and put some additional stuff on my plate.
I’m so tired and so all over the place and…I still refuse to admit I was wrong. In that, I’m just trying to figure out how to balance my life and am filling up my editorial calendar.
I do think that there is an amazing benefit that comes with being an expert in one field. I know that it’s needed and appreciated and held in the highest esteem. People look up to them and look to them for guidance. It’s a pretty solid gig being the one who knows it all about something.
The other half of that quote states “…though oft times better than master of one.” I didn’t know that until I started researching for this post. When you’re the expert in one thing, you know everything about it. You’re learning more about it. You know the
quote subject from beginning to end. But I like this part of the quote because it’s more in line with my view of life.
I do feel like life is short and there is so much beauty to be found in this hard, troubled and hurting world. I don’t want to live a life where I regret that I didn’t at least have a chance to experience something. That I didn’t try something. I feel like I have so many interests and things that I want to share that I enjoy being the jack of many trades. Baking, crafting, ministry, martial arts…I’m pretty interesting, if I do say so myself…hehe
I’m not yet in the phase of my life where I think that I want to be the expert of one particular thing; I may reach that stage by the end of 2016, but we shall see. As we head quickly into 2016, I have to ask you:
Do you think it’s better to be a recognized expert for one thing, or known to be really good at lots of things? Tell me in the comments below!