Creativity and a Case for the ”Jack of All Trades”

I think it’s great that many 8pm Warriors are also “Jacks of All Trades” (or” James of All Trades” in this 8pm Warrior’s case), some by necessity, others by nature.

I don’t mean this to be a bad thing.  Often times, people only recite half the famous poem, making it look like a bad thing by ending at “master of none”.  But the poem actually finishes like this:

“Jack of all trades,
master of none,
though often times better
than master of one”

And I couldn’t agree more.  Just look at two of my favorite 8pm Warrior polymaths of all time:  Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo Da Vinci. After looking at their history and my own experiences, I believe that a person’s creativity is limited by their scope of experiences and understanding.  The biggest creations happen when two different concepts are fused together to change the world…hard to do when you only know one set of skills.

How does this apply to modern times?

With the Mechanical Turk, advancing robotics, and a seemingly endless and relentless flood of technical specialists coming out of Asia, things don’t look good for those who lack creativity.  Luckily for many western countries (like the US), this may be one of our strategic advantages for years to come.

Instead of locking our kids down to master one thing (sorry Amy Chua, author of the Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother), I think that the future of extremely successful 8pm Warriors will be in creating solutions and ideas, not mastering them.

Apparently other CEO’s of the world agree.

Have a diverse (and creative) night,

Aaron@Biebert

Published by Aaron Biebert

I'm a director, film/video exec producer, leader & 8pm Warrior. I am passionately chasing my goals at all times. I'm listening. Let's talk!

5 comments on “Creativity and a Case for the ”Jack of All Trades””

  1. You have to look at the Amy Chua mentality very specifically. Remember, lots of Asians and their kids (esp 1st generation) come to the US with no mastery of the language or connections for employment. So where do they look to? Well, if they can’t master the language or the people connections, they’ll win with work ethic – and that’s all that Amy Chua pushes across is that her kids had this amazing work ethic.

    At the very end of the day, it is the solution-finders that rise to the top though. But you know, some people are just fine being 9-5pm warriors too!

    1. Albert, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts. I think you make a wonderful point about how my friends from Asia overcame overwhelming challenges to find success in their new homes. I find a lot of inspiration from the immigrant stories of my family and others that have made the choice to chase their dreams in a new world.

      However, Amy Chua is not an immigrant and she has a wonderful mastery of both the English language and business networking community. It is no longer a valid reason for that mentality. As you’ve said, it’s the solution finders who will win in this world. But it will take more than 9-5 hard work, it will take total dedication and creativity.

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