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on Nov. 01, 2015 :
This book deals with becoming a polymath, a Renaissance Man in other words. As someone who blogs so much that it's like a career, I have learned that I need to know multiple skills to keep my blog afloat. I can't just focus on recording videos and writing, I also need to know other things.
Such as basic coding (line breaks and links mainly) and knowing how to use social media. So I was glad to see a book that dealt with the topic. To see how someone dealt with telling others that learning multiple skills was a good thing.
Even if you're not running a blog, being a polymath is a very useful thing.
The book starts off explaining that you should use your time wisely as us humans don't have an infinite amount of time. It mentions GenEd courses being a good thing. As one of the few who knew what major she wanted before and during college, they tended to be a waste of time and money for me. If you're wondering, it's usual for students to switch majors at least once or twice.
And, yes, you do need to be self-driven to be a polymath. The book brings up a need to explore and better mankind as ample reason. But to also keep up with your field is another good reason as new inventions constantly shift the technological landscape. As well as sometimes certain fields become less necessary with new technological developments and you should have a backup plan in case that happens.
As always, there are exercises for you to do to better improve yourself over time.
Finally, Jack of All Trades mentions money and that you shouldn't go above your budget for education. I agree with this as college is very hard on your wallet and some degrees don't need that institution. Writing is much more about practice than it is about classes. And about getting knowledge, there are many sources to get the facts.
Other degrees, such as one for a surgeon, are a completely different matter.
All in all, Jack of All Trades was a very worthwhile read.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
John Paul Wohlscheid
on Oct. 06, 2015 :
Throughout a person's life, the idea of specializing is pounded into his head. From a young age, he is asked what he will be when he grows up. He spends many years learning one trade. What happens when that trade is no longer needed or even relevant? He must retrain in another profession. This isn't always easy to do when you're older. That's what this book hopes to prevent.
This book is full of great, practical ideas on how to overcover the limitations of a specialized education and instead become a well-rounded Renaissance man (or woman). There are a bunch of self-help ebooks available that have nothing but platitudes and nothing of substance. This book gives you pages and pages of real ideas and instructions based on the actions of successful people, such as John Milton, Einstein, Marie Curie, and Story Musgrave. It teaches you how to read smarter by skimming and doing exercises to keep you mind sharp, but it doesn't stop there.
I read a number of self-help books in my life and this is the first book that actually made me think that I could succeed. I wish I had read this book sooner.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on July 20, 2015 :
This book was very well written, and written with a diverse audience in mind. The author used philosophy and film interchangeably to create a universal appeal to wisdom over knowledge when it comes to mastering being the jack of all trades.
The book has a lot of good tricks, like the Loci method, to keep your memory working and your mind active and stimulated, and it has several good tips and advice for getting a trade job in addition to a professional job. It had a lot of good things to say that are important for people today, as the economy is tenuous at best. I also liked the various subjects dedicated to multitasking and motivation. It really shows that putting the time and investment into learning about who you are, what you want, and how you function can keep you from going bankrupt trying to find your passion while still allowing you to pursue that passion.
Highly recommended for high school/college students, professionals looking to change jobs, and people who want a new start at working or education. The best part of this book is it is funny and engaging, and not preachy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)