A Jack of All Trades….

… is a master of none.


Sure, a Jack of all trades, can do everything! But what can he do well? This has been a quote of great thought. Sure, it is good to have many talents. I am definitely for that skill. However, I am a firm believer in that in order to do something well, sacrifices need to be made.

I can do many things well. I can play the guitar and I can do science. However, can it be likely that I can be a rock star and be an academic at the same time? In my mind, I sometimes go, “Why not?” But I come to the realization that in order to do something well, other thing need to be sacrificed. Thus, I choose to follow academics with a passion and reduce music to a great hobby. What the point here is in order to succeed in something and do well in it, you must devote all of your heart and soul to it. No, I am not saying that other things need to be abandoned. That would be boring. Besides, having many talents is a good thing, not a bad one. I am just saying that in life, we only have 24 hours in a day. Who knows, maybe if I had 100 in a day, then I could do both!


Sure this Joker is juggling many things at once, but can he pick up a guitar and solo like Clapton at this given instant?

Success will come through hard work, most of the time. So although you might feel tempted to try your luck on many tasks, it is best to just focus on a few and aim to do them correctly. Short and simple, instead of trying to hit the lottery on many things, I suggest honing your skills on just one and giving others a run for their money. I guarantee you, with focus comes happiness and a severe bending to the stress issues of life!


About the Author: Kevin Kim

I have devoted my life to science and rational thinking. As a student in life's classroom, I am striving to learn something new every day. Graduate of UC Riverside, Class of 2012. Graduate Student at Keck Graduate Institute, part of the Claremont Colleges. Class of 2014 with a Masters in Bioscience. The track is pharmaceutical design and development with the ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist who can also contribute scientifically through research. I hope that through my postings, people will no longer be crippled by stress and anxiety. Fight on! Fight Strong!

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