How Striving to be the Jack of all Trades can Lead to Mediocrity

We've all heard the title phrase, "Jack of all Trades; Master of None", but what does that really mean and how does it effect you?


As mentioned in my last blog post, I've been diving into the Clifton Strengths books in attempt to not only discover my own strengths, but capitalize on them. The first chapter of Clifton's "Strength Based Leadership" book is an effective attention grabber, stating, "If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything."


Damn. Point taken.


I've always been a "Jack" (errr.. Jane?) of many trades. I learned basic automotive mechanics as a teen. I learned how to dismantle a firearm as a young adult. I went to school in the field of Computer Science, then later Mathematics. I've always enjoyed health and fitness and science-based nutrition. I've been a cocktail server, a bartender and even a retail associate. I can change my own tire, and even drain and replace my oil. At one point, I had my own lingerie company where I sewed each intricate piece by hand. I used to compete as a sponsored snowboarder, I've danced, I've painted my kitchen, started a podcast, written a few articles, and most recently upgraded some outlets and rocker switches in my house. You name it, and I've probably attempted it, or at least been exposed to it. I'm quick to learn, but also quick to "move on"; primarily due to my "need" or craving of new information, skills or projects. I was also diagnosed with ADHD as a child, but have refused to take medication for it, so there's that.


I've always placed high on proficiency exams; especially those that are hands-on. I don't do well with reading long instructions or listening to monotone lectures; that's also most likely the ADHD kicking in. For some reason, I've been able to hold interest in writing about certain topics or events, and that's probably the only consistent trait I've carried throughout most of my life.


After doing some self-exploration and reading more of the Clifton series books, I've realized that it's great to have hobbies, or skills when living an independent life is the goal, but when it comes to actually fulfilling personal growth needs and succeeding in the business world, mastering one (or five) of these traits is the objective.


So, with my not-so-vegan "killing two birds with one stone" idiom, I've decided to not only practice writing, but also publish a few blogs with the goal of learning to grow and utilize these talents.


People have always told me I was good at writing. I've always aced English classes that involved journalism-type assignments. I've never had the patience or attention span for heavy, dull reading, unless it was on the topic of science-based research. But, writing non-fictional stories or 20-page college papers on the symbiosis of parasitism, YES PLEASE!


So, after taking 25 years of people's opinions and suggestions, combined with my own love for writing into consideration, the biggest question was still left unanswered; What do I write about?


I could go on and on about how a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet was arguably the Ideal Human Diet, but since I don't have any fancy letters after my name, who would listen? I guess I could site the handful