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Jack of All Trades or Master of One?


Apr 22, 2011
An exception!

I'm pretty decent at anything you throw at me, and I'm a quick learner too should I have not encountered something ever before. Then I also have skills in some areas that I've rarely seen anyone else being able to match, let alone be better! :)


Hello Sweetie!
Jun 18, 2011
I'm not looking to be an expert on anything, and I kinda feel I'm already someone who's decently skilled in several things. It can be annoying feeling as though I don't have enough time or focus to hone any one craft, but at the same time I enjoy the diversity that comes with doing differen things...


Jul 1, 2012
I tend to be a jack of all trades to be honest, it's got its positives and negatives. On the one hand, you can be easily adaptable and be skilled in a wide variety of things, which is handy of course. However, you might not be a complete specialist in one aspect, which is a downfall.

I've had that problem all my life, mainly in sports though. I'd always be good in a sport and reach quite a high level but just short, also I'd always do multiple simultaneously, so each individual one would get in the way of the other, meaning, in the end, you get left in limbo.

I've tried to specialise in specifics more though as I've got older, I learned that one can't simply be a master of everything, and when I was young and naive I thought, I could make it professionally in multiple things, that's not the case. So essentially, I would say I fit into the "jack of all trades" category, but I've realised that I need to specialise to succeed in what I want to do.


luke is my wife
Apr 9, 2010
Trick question, master of all trades is te only true answer.

This, basically. To be completely honest with you, if I could I'd like to pursue at least three Doctorate degrees in my life: medicine, law, and psychology. I'd also like a Bachelor's in mathematics. Go big or go home that's the ****in motto.

Seriously, though, the best way to get ahead in life is really to be a master of all trades. Or at least, be a jack-of-all-trades early on in life and master one subject later on. Being well-rounded is a big deal to colleges (not as big as your SAT scores!) as they look at academics (AP classes whoopie), athletics (if applicable), extra curriculars, and for the love of god community service. Unless you blow the SAT or ACT out of the water, you'll need to be well-rounded to get into a good college. However, once you graduate, if you're pursuing say engineering, no one's gonna care if you can sing too.

Since master of all trades isn't a choice, I'd probably choose jack-of-all-trades. While master of one would probably make a more successful and productive member of society, jack-of-all-trades would be much more fun. I'd hate to give up sports just to be good at science, and vice versa. Being moderately good at both (and everything) would be much more enjoyable and that's what's important.

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