Master of All Trades

It’s been over a month since I wrote my last blog post and it feels great to be back at it!  The good news is that I’m not rusty at all.  If anything I’ve actually been writing more than ever!  Over the past few weeks all of my free time has been devoted to finishing my master’s capstone project.  It was a ton of work but I’m super proud of what I created!  I’ve been working on my master’s for two years now, and as of yesterday I’m done!  Finished!

Honestly, I’ve never been the best at completing things.  If you were to look through the files on my computer, you’d find all sorts of partially completed projects.  You’d find a few half-written books, fifty or so half-written songs, and even a few homemade movie scenes.  I don’t think it’s due to a lack of focus but rather a combination of my multipotentialite and perfectionist tendencies.  It’s something that I’ve attempted to understand a lot more in the past few years, and I’m slowly beginning to see the value in actually finishing things.

The way my brain works is that I find something that sparks my interest and I go all in on it until I get bored.  Usually it’s about 30 days, which is exactly why I excel at 30 day challenges.  You’ve probably heard the saying “A jack of all trades is a master of none”.  Most people see this as a negative thing, but mastering trades isn’t actually the reason I think finishing is important.  Believe it or not, the full quote is “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”.  Culturally, it seems that we’ve decided to shorten and misquote the saying.  Jack of all trades mentality is actually something I encourage since it pushes us to pursue things outside of our comfort zones.

The reason I think finishing is important is actually the moment of boredom.  As I mentioned, I usually pick a new thing to pursue as soon as I get bored.  It’s not that I’m afraid of failure, but rather that I’m ready for a new challenge.  When I begin a new project at the moment of boredom, it is almost never a conscious choice to do so.  It’s not Hmm I’m bored with writing this song I think I’ll write poetry instead, the thought process is more like Hmm what ever happened to that song I was writing … oh yeah I guess I started writing poetry.  

The important thing about finishing projects is that it takes a conscious choice to push past the moment of boredom.  Even though the moment often stems from a lack of challenge, it is actually a new challenge in itself to finish a project despite boredom.  I believe that discipline does not stifle creativity but rather opens up the door to new ways of thinking.

It’s time to become a master of all trades and a jack of none!  Finishing my master’s was a huge deal, and I’m excited to go all in on my next pursuit, seeing it through to completion!

Life and Matt


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