Growth July 15, 2020

Do you believe in "Jack of All Trades, Master of None"??

Tejas Rane| T-Shaped Marketer & Author @tejas3732

If you ask me, I don't believe this!

It is borrrrrrrrrringgggggggg.

I started reading the other side of the story on the Internet.

What if we can be "Jack of all Trades & Master of Many"?

then I came across this Tim Ferriss article & here are the Top 5 Reasons he says you can be the "Jack of all trades, master of many"


  1. It’s more fun, in the most serious existential sense.

  2. Diversity of intellectual playgrounds breeds confidence instead of fear of the unknown

  3. Boredom is Failure.

  4. In a world of dogmatic specialists, it’s the generalist who ends up running the show.

  5. “Jack of all trades, master of none” is an artificial pairing.

What struck me is Point no 4. I want to know your thoughts on this.

Do you believe in "Jack of all trades, Master of None"??

Do you believe in Jack of All, Master of None?
  1. 2

    I don't get the point you are making, it all sounds clickbaity.

    1. 1

      In fact, there is nothing to click on :P

      I am just asking people's view

  2. 1

    When we think experts, we think people who really mastered one skill. It's not the case. But they sell themselves as such.

    Let's say you're a company. You have a problem in one of your database full of important data. Who will you hire? The fullstack web developer, or the specialist in databases? If it's really important and there is a lot of money on the table, you'll go for the specialist. And you'll pay him well.

    Here's what I believe though (baked by many consulting books I read - I wanted to go into consulting at one point): a good specialist often don't use its specialty. Even if the database of the company has a problem, he will speak with people to understand why there is a problem at the first place. Then, he will teach the company to solve the problem by themselves, maybe by introducing a piece of software which has nothing to do with databases, depending on the root problem.

    That's what I call a specialist. Somebody who sell himself as such, but who has way more skills than that. He's / she's often T-shaped, which means that he's / she's strong in one set of skill, and good / very good in many others.