A to Z 2017

J: Jack of All Trades

Jack of all trades and master of none.

jackofalltrades.pngOr so goes the saying. The question is… is it better to be a master at one or a jack of all trades? This has been a long standing debate in our family (extended family included) with each one of us flipping sides (back and forth, forth and back) as time goes on.

It’s not easy to decide this. However, something that both sides have pointed out is that when you are a jack of all trades, you have more adventures, more experiences.

On the other hand, your work isn’t as great as a master of one. For example, if you bounce around in different writing genres, you will never be the J. R. R. Tolkien.

I did something completely new (I guess making me a Jack of all Trades?) and put together a little (and generalized) infographic of the differences between Jack of all Trades and Master of Ones.


Where do you stand on this… discussion?


6 thoughts on “J: Jack of All Trades”

    1. I’m more of a Jack of all Trades. Some things, I stick in the same area but bounce around through the different forms of it. In my writing, I’ve written in almost every genre. And with riding… well, I’ve done a lot of different styles there too. Other things, I do it until I’m pretty good and then I for some reason lose interest and move on to something else. lol. 😛

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  1. I believe I’m sort of a master of one and a jack of a bunch of different things? Sort of a mixture… I’ve got a lot of hobbies that I’m OK at, but I’ve also got writing, which I’m WORKING ON BECOMING A MASTER OF, which I’m hoping I don’t just stay a jack with XD

    If that made any sense…

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    1. Haha. I understand what you’re saying. I kinda might be able to say the same thing, except even in my “masters”, I bounce around from style to style. For example, in my writing, I’ve written in a bunch of different genres. Mystery, Historical Fiction, Realistic, Apocalyptical… to name a few.

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      1. Oh yeah! Writing different genres is so much fun! I used to write a bunch of Dystopian, but now I’m branching off into Fantasy and Sci-Fi (which isn’t TOO out there compared to Dystopian), but I’m hoping to get into High Fantasy after my current WIP is finished. I’ve always wanted to write Historical Fiction, though! Do you have to do a lot of research for that?


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