Harbourwalk Poem W072

Masters of a trade –
Are often masters of none –
Just jacks of a trade




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

A lot of people who talks about jacks of all trades and masters of none, are often not even a master of their trade that they’re supposedly good at. This has to be true statistically.

Pick a trade. Pick a threshold for what percent can be “masters” of that trade. Even at 20%, which is almost ridiculous, that means 80% of the people in that trade aren’t a “master” at it.

Usually, a person is best at his/her job, putting the most hours towards it. Most people have one job, or jobs in one field, mostly. That means there are a majority of people walking around not being a “master” of any trade.

So before most people go around calling someone a jack of all trades, master of none, they should consider themselves first as jacks of a few trades and master of none.

The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, in 2018, when the Seabridge was in place.


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