Good or Great

Which would you prefer, to be good at a lot of things, or be the best at one thing ?


  • I am good at lots and lots of things.I think it would be boring any other way :3
  • I don't know. I'm not that good at self-evaluation. I think it's interesting what other people think of me--especially my in-laws. I try very hard not to have self-confidence to that degree. Just saying.
  • I am definitely a jack of all trades, but it would be nice to be great at one of them.
  • definitely man of renaissance, best at all:)
  • From my experience being good at lots of things has made me resourceful/adaptable.

  • I'm of the same mind as Martin. I'm good at a lot of things , I'm very good at a couple of things, I know I can be better at all of them. I think it would " be nice " to be great or the best at something. And it's not that I don't try, there seems to be something lacking. Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining or feeling sorry for myself, but it would "be nice" to be the best.
    So then what do you do, which one of the things your good at do you pick to be the best at?
    Take Fine Art for instance, I've been making money at it my whole life between several different businesses I owned. It's not the stuff that's in the museums it's the grunt stuff, painting murals in bars and restaurants to portraits in malls or on street corners for a couple of bucks ,signs or logos for businesses, carvings and sculptures for Casinos, painting fairytales on the walls in some kids room that he or she goes over it in crayons when your done . (Probably improves it, at least in there mind.)
    This is what happens when your old and can't sleep at night you come up with this stuff. That's enough from me, it's interesting reading what you guys think.

    Summer I wouldn't worry about what your in-laws think, when everything is going to pot, it's the ones standing next to you that counts. I don't know them but I'll bet they won't be there for you.

    But then like I said before " what do I know " I'm just a poor old country boy from Brooklyn. (:
  • dencaldencal -
    edited October 2015

    Extract from "Time"

    You don’t need to work endlessly or be born brilliant. There’s a very simple formula we can all use to get a benefit from this information:
    Always work hard to improve.
    When choosing tasks and strategies, consider your natural gifts.
    Pick a great team and get familiar with them.
    Within reason, always help others.

    All other things being equal, I can’t imagine how this combination would not lead to an impressive level of success. Can you?

  • Me: Jack of almost all trades, master of none..
  • @dencal and @billj, I'm probably improving at everything I do every day. I call them "improved normals" and I'm consciously aware of what they are and how they fit into the scheme of things. I think of them as building from the bottom up. Coming from the top down, however, is another matter. I am going to be easily forgotten because when I see real movers and shakers in life and what they accomplish it brings real tears to my eyes and I'm so happy for their success. Peter Smeeth is an example that comes to mind. (Thanks Denis for bringing him to my attention.) I can't compare myself to them at all and I don't even try. Mark and David I count among the movers and shakers as well. I'm just trying to finish this two-year program with them and you all and have a few paintings to show for it. Whether I'm good or best will have to be up to the opinions of others. I simply can't do any better than I am doing--or faster. When it comes to good or best, I'd rather focus on the people of real genius in this world. Just saying.
  • I think I am a jack of many trades, master of none-ish, but pretty good at a few. I look at success in the way Emerson did:

    To laugh often and much;
    To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
    To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
    To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
    To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
    To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
    This is to have succeeded.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
  • I think I try to be good at most of the things I try. But sometimes life or the things we do can really be a downer. I seem to be in a depressed mood, really down on my self, I know why but I can't do much about it, at least at this time.
  • SummerSummer -
    edited November 2015
    Ron said:
    I think I try to be good at most of the things I try. But sometimes life or the things we do can really be a downer. I seem to be in a depressed mood, really down on my self, I know why but I can't do much about it, at least at this time.
    What do I do?  Start laughing until you really are.  Then count five things in your life that you are really thankful for.  I think that just these two things are the jumper cables for the soul.  Just saying.  Summer
  • Thanks Summer, I'll try!
  • So right, gotta remember all those who have no home, no love! Thanks for the boot!
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