Repost: Calmly (Feb. 2011)

Here’s an old goodie. Calmly discusses my fear of becoming a Jack of All Trades. As usual, a personal exploration. Noticing a theme here? The blog is not only about Marketing, but about personal discovery. Especially in the early stages of Far From Idle. Enjoy! – Far From Idle

My biggest fear is that I will become a jack of all trades and a master of nothing. Isn’t this a great skill to have?

I had an interesting conversation with a professor at the business school at my University. While talking, Professor U instantly talked about the unique combination of my studies. For context, I am pursuing a Communications Studies degree and a Chemistry minor. We talked about my interests, ideas, and where I come from and Professor U had a very quick observation.

“How do you feel about sales?”

I told Professor U that I was not sure. Professor U figured out from my rambling that I have interests in Business Development, Marketing, Advertising, Branding and Consulting. Professor U then mentioned a connection that has done sales in Dentistry worldwide. Professor U brought this up because of their feelings about me. Based on our conversation, Professor U felt I could flourish in this industry.

Professor U then said something. “You should not go directly into graduate school because working will give you experience, as well as find areas you want to innovate (i.e. start a business).” (For time’s sake, I cut what Professor U said. This was the meat and bones of what Professor U said)

Essentially, Professor U was telling me that gaining work experience (regardless of the field) would help me to discover areas I’m interested in.

This is my analysis of our conversation in two sentences:

The hardest thing to figure out is what you want to do. The sooner you let that go of that thought and do, the sooner you discover what you like and meant to do.

In hindsight, let me rephrase my first two sentences.

I want to be a jack of all trades, and a master in one industry of my choice. It is a great skill to have, and a wonderful addition to the entrepreneur.

Now I have to figure out what industry.

Far From Idle


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