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Who the heck is this guy?
Just some guy from Ohio?

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” Robert A. Heinlein

It seems that the issue of specialization has come up a lot in my career, people say being a “jack of all trades” is a waste of time. Without a doubt, specialists will always be needed in any industry, but is it really so bad to be a well-rounded individual these days? I say no.

Calling someone a “jack of all trades” historically has held a negative connotation. It implied that you dabble in different areas, but never achieve the expertise needed to be good at one profession. Would Leonardo DiVinci have done well to stick to one subject? No, I don't think so.

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