When you hear the phrase jack of all trades, what judgment does your mind make? It likely conjures up negative connotations. A wheeler-dealer who will sell anything to anyone. Someone who knows a little about a lot and uses it to get their way. A lack of specialist skills and knowledge in favour of giving any old thing a try.
Jack of all trades has become somewhat of an insult, but it didn’t begin as one. The phrase was originally used to describe a playwright who was always hanging around the theatres. He would help with the stage, the set and the costumes. He would remember lines and try directing. This so-called jack of all trades was in fact William Shakespeare. The full phrase is “a jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”. It was a compliment.
Far from letting it deter their path, some entrepreneurs swear that being a jack of all trades brings benefits.
Picking an area and learning it inside-out is one way to begin a specialist career but trying lot of things can lead to self-discovery. To working out who you are and where your skills lie. Therapist and business owner Sunayana Clark says that when she started out, she was a jack of all trades. The benefits were, “you understand your strengths and weaknesses very quickly. You learn about time management and boundaries.”
Paul Clarke from Connect Performance has…