Friday, 14 November 2014

Jack Of All Trades; Master of Not Much

I know some people who are, or were, in advanced classes when they were in school, and it got me thinking a little bit about my own education. I was always in the top classes, but in England advanced/honors classes just aren't a thing. So I was lumped in with the super smarts when I wasn't too high above average. I was smart, but not really smart.
"I am so smart, I am so smart. SMRT, I mean SMART"
I was good at everything (except gym for the obvious reason I was pretty damn fat and out of shape...yet when I went to the actual gym I was even good at that...huh) I tried but never really excelled at any one thing. I also realised that's really how I ended up in life in the end. There are plenty of things I'm good at. Maybe not plenty, but things. I'm a good writer, I'm a good listener and advice giver, I'm a good talker when I want to be, I'm good at blogging. But excellent? Is there anything I'm truly good at? Hell if I know.
Jack of Blades; close but no cigar
There might be people who tell me I'm an excellent writer but it doesn't mean much unless I believe it. I believe I'm pretty good at it, but that's it. Being a jack of all trades may sound good but it's one of the worst positions you can find yourself in life if I'm honest. There's so much you can do, but nothing you truly feel you can. All the opportunity and ability you have ends up being squandered and you focus on nothing. It sucks. Do I want to do this? Do I want to do that? I don't know. I have all the potential in the world but find myself doing, if you'll pardon the language, fuck all with it.

What would you say is your special skill? Heck, what would you say mine is? 


  1. It's hard to know your special skill, give it lots of thought, base it on what people who know you say to you too. It gives some perspective and insight.

  2. I think we all have a unique skill. I definitely think writing is one of yours for sure! Have a super weekend mark!

  3. I don't think that we should ever NOT do something just because we're not "excellent" or "the best" at it. Isn't there some kind of saying that if only the birds with the most beautiful voices sang, the world would be a silent place? So, to borrow a corporate phrase, "just do it!" I'm not the best at anything I do and at some things, I'm quite terrible, but I still do them all and enjoy myself at the same time!

  4. Congratulations, your special skill is not having a special skill. You are one of many.
    See it as being less restricted in your choices, having all doors open without any one pulling a bunch of attention to itself. You are free to go where you want.

  5. Yeah that sounds like a few people I know but I will not mention who they are.......ok I will it is my brother in-law ok both of them but they are brothers so not that surprising

  6. Hmmm, that's a difficult question. I'm very good in taking care of animals and sensing their needs and I know everything about horror movies though I don't know if that really counts as a skill ;-) Many people say I'm a good writer and blogger, but I still don't quite believe that because there's still so much to improve.

  7. I think we make too much of someone's special skills. How about treating people for who they are and not for the amazing things we think they are capable of? We're all a little broken, that's all. :-) Fab post.

    Greetings from London.

  8. Seems like in this world, self-confidence is more important than being good at stuff. If you suck at everything, but believe you are awesome...that is better than being good at things, but being crushed with self doubt.


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