Don’t Be A Jack-Ass of All Trades

Cat playing

Don’t give me that look; you know exactly what I’m getting at. This is the person that knows a little about a lot of things and likes to throw their weight around like they own it. But guess what, they have no idea what they’re doing behind closed doors.

I know this because I used to be one of these assholes. I knew a little about so many things, and I fancied myself a “marketing guru”, but in actuality, I had no idea how to approach a project. Each attempt ended in frustration and usually a bowl of pity ice cream. Believe me, it feels like crap when you come to the realization that you’re a big fat liar.

Playing the jackass of all trades card often ends in the loss of all credibility with clients after the first meeting. You might be able to breeze through the initial consultation with some great data and witty quips that you picked up while Pinteresting, but your house of cards will immediately begin to crumble as soon as you hit the parking lot.

When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, a jack-ass of all trades can’t tell their ass from their elbow when it comes to following a multi-faceted project through to launch. They often become distracted by small details that don’t matter in the grand scheme of the project and end with a half-assed whole instead of a kick-ass half. (I stole that line from an amazing book, ReWork.)

Do the Thing, Be a Pro

Whether your interest lies in graphic design or carpentry, pick something and own it. Test the waters a bit and find out what works for you mentally, physically and emotionally. Not everything will click. But, when you do find that sweet spot…give it all you’ve got!

So, if you find yourself floating from project to project without any real results, you should probably sit down and re-evaluate your choices. Not all choices are right for you, and you may never even realize it. For me, working out just does not agree with me. But, providing you with snark for your daily read gives me warm fuzzies.

What’s your warm fuzzy?