Master All Trades

The old adage, “Jack of all trades, master of none,” has been updated; it’s now, “Jack of all trades, master of all trades.”

Specific, specialized, select knowledge and experience quickly lose value. In the New Reality, there will be a need for specialists, but fewer of them and less often.

What does this mean for you?

  • Broaden your knowledge base – now!
  • Continually add to your list of competencies.
  • Get good (not necessarily great) at several different skills.
  • Make your name as a utility player.
  • Build a level of ability in multiple areas.

The New Reality requires building comfort and some proficiency in many functions – quickly and continuously. “Mastery” in the New Reality is different – instead of 10 out of 10 in a certain area, it’s more like 7 out of 10 in a lot of areas.

Today’s technology makes this possible . . . turning beginners into near experts in a flash. Not every profession, but enough areas to make it a trend today – and a truth tomorrow.

How to Become a Jack of All Trades and a Master of All Trades:

  • Learn what you want to learn.
  • Try what you want to try.
  • Look for new areas to learn and try.
  • Expand your thinking, knowledge, and skill sets


I have lost sleep over this, thinking I have prided myself for being a “jack of many trades” and now I have to be master! What the heck? It’s like “want ads” targeting a 22 yo with 25 years of experience that haven’t become more realistic over time. Still, I get Karl’s message, he can be convincing and is a great speaker. We must do many tasks well and be able to integrate them into the mission of our avowed. Importantly, hold onto honesty and integrity when celebrating your mastery with others. Most companies want well rounded, multi-faceted skill sets that get along well with others, a promise of my liberal arts college. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a blood test or brain scan that measured passion?

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