Jack of all trades or master of one

This is an old post I never published.

When I was considering switching jobs, I talked to a mentor through Venture for America and she distilled a lot of what I was thinking into a coherent idea.

She asked what I saw myself doing in the future and what my goals were, and I told her some of my goals: to work in product development at a big sporting goods company, to get my MBA at MIT, to work at a venture capital firm, to start my own company, to learn how to code (I WILL learn how to use APIs before next year), to be an author on a patent, to stop biting my nails, to through-hike the Appalachian Trail, to visit ANYWHERE outside the United States (I studied abroad in England, and that was my one experience outside the US), to move to Denver where one of my close friends lives, to move to Seattle, to move to Austin, to finish a marathon, to race at the Head of the Charles, to race at USRowing Club Nationals, and on and on, and at the end, I said, "I know I can do all of these--well, some require a lot of luck--but I can't do all of them right now."

She said, "Sometimes you have to give up some things you really like in order to become an expert at one thing."

I've always believed that it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're doing something. When you look back, you'll find that what you've spent your time on is what matters to you, i.e., your passion.


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