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    i do it all, man. boys & girls i do it all & i mean every single thing. i've never been one to shy away from an interest. if i get an itch to draw a picture, i'll take all day if necessary to master that picture. i've mastered pictures, cartoons, sketches, paintings-- & that's just in the visual arts field. i don't mean literally "master"- i just mean figure out my own way to do it. you might think my paintings suck (they're abstract). you might say i should put up the paint set & go back to my day job if not just go back to school completely. likewise you might say my piano playing is bad. i can play on the piano for 2 hours, almost without stopping. but in my worldview, that's all i need. bash around on the piano, bash around on a paint set. i just get ideas to do different things & then i have to do them. once i figure out my own way to do it, it's like i've "mastered" it. so i consider myself pretty versatile.

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    master one thing first, something which is demand and from which you can demand a high salary. after that, diversify your skill set and become a unique contribution to a company which will make you difficult to replace. alternatives, attain a "horizontal monopoly" of sorts on an industry and start your own firm.
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    It's better to be well-rounded. If you want to have a "thing," then focus on one thing more than others. If you only do one thing exclusively, you'll likely become one-dimensional and may find the one thing you focused on didn't have that much to it, and/or you'd have been even better at it had you broadened your perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    as said above, whatever works for you


    for me personally, I like to have some variety to my knowledge because if I know a bit about a lot of things I can improvise with what I do know... however, I do have a few hobbies that I delve into farther than others
    My opinion is close to this. Time is limited, and developing one skill or talent takes time away from developing others. We can therefore only achieve true mastery in a few things during our lives. Beyond that, it good to have a basic level of skill in a broad range of activities, just to be able to live independently in the world and be reasonably prepared for emergencies. This would include things like basic cooking, sewing, gardening, home repairs and using standard tools, car repairs, first aid, singing/music, writing - at least expository, some fitness or athletic pursuit, computer skills, understanding of history and the political system in which you live, etc. Some people would probably add hunting or firearms use/safety to this, or other things, partly dependent on where you live and what your "real" job or career is.
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    One is not objectively better than the other, it's a matter of perspective.

    One could argue that being a "jack of all trades" is a mastery in itself.

    I'd rather be a master in one skill, considering that skill is of great interest to me, I could build my environment and envision my future accordingly, and there's the notion of change and influence, where achieving that level of expertise will open up a world past the one of exploration/regurgitation of data.

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    If I study [...] to the point of merely knowing the basics, my knowledge and understanding will be limited to discussions on that level.

    If I study [...] to "it's fullest", my knowledge and understanding will allow me to challenge it's limits and directly be influential on it's future, I'll be apt to explore new possibilities/new theories/new research, that hasn't been done before.

    Of course, merely knowing the basics doesn't actually prevent you from exploring new theories based on the current information you hold, although, it is limited to that particular branch of knowledge, as opposed to someone who has mastered it, who has a better understanding and has more information to exploit in order to reach new heights in that field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    My opinion is close to this. Time is limited, and developing one skill or talent takes time away from developing others. We can therefore only achieve true mastery in a few things during our lives. Beyond that, it good to have a basic level of skill in a broad range of activities, just to be able to live independently in the world and be reasonably prepared for emergencies. This would include things like basic cooking, sewing, gardening, home repairs and using standard tools, car repairs, first aid, singing/music, writing - at least expository, some fitness or athletic pursuit, computer skills, understanding of history and the political system in which you live, etc. Some people would probably add hunting or firearms use/safety to this, or other things, partly dependent on where you live and what your "real" job or career is.
    There is usually a lot of overlap even when things don't seem related and that allows many things to be learned/improved/refined at the same time if you work at the right things.

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