It was derived from the saying “Jack of all Trades, Master of none; is oftentimes better than Master of one”
I grew up only knowing the first part of that saying, like many of you, “Jack of All Trades Master of None”. It was used to describe me a lot. And although it was always meant as a compliment it always had the opposite effect on me. It made me feel inadequate, unfocused and average at everything.
And then I met my husband, who duly notified me of the second part of the saying.
I will be dramatic to say that it was a revelation. And somehow it suddenly felt that being a generalist was okay and that “Yeah, why can’t I just do what I like even if it is totally unrelated to anything I’ve done before? Chib*i, I can”.

Being a generalist means you try. You try and you expand and you grow. It is liberating and fulfilling. I am not saying that sticking to one thing alone is for losers. Haha. I am just saying that it isn’t the end of the world if you can’t commit to one thing only and that its okay if your interests’ wanes, its normal to feel dispassionate over things you’ve done for so long. So if you can (because some people aren’t privileged/fortunate enough and can’t) go ahead and do something you want to do. If it’s just about taking a calculated risk, do it. Obviously you’d need to be goal oriented and disciplined with interests that spans the seven seas.

And, so, my current project is betterthanblouses!

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