Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

It’s Okay To Be A Master Of None

Traditional wisdom says that to have a successful career, you want to find something you like and stick with it. Specialists, not generalists, do best. After all, how can a dabbler and her superficial knowledge compete with the expertise of a master?

She probably can’t. Not unless her name is Hildegard von Bingen. Only geniuses seem to do well as generalists in today’s technology economy.

And there’s the rub. 

Many people dive into their specialties out of obligation. Rising house prices, shrinking pensions, and increasing living costs force us to disregard our curiosities and interests in favour of job security.

Anything that doesn’t bolster our CV is largely ignored. So we don’t consider pursuing what we love.

But in our rush to secure ourselves a high-paying specialist job, we forget one vital thing: the modern economy is incredibly volatile. The world is changing faster than ever. This means that entire industries and professions can be made obsolete within years rather than centuries.

Radiologists may soon be just as useless as the video store clerk and milkman.

In a time where change is the only constant, being a generalist may be the safer bet.

So as long as you’re good at some, it’s okay to be a master of none.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach