This week, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman helped me realize I am a “Jack of One Trade”. And that my trade is in harmony with my life’s purpose. In fact, it is my purpose. I have no doubt it’s why I’m here.
In the article, Glenn says, “People who seem to be a jack of all trades often just have one trade that they apply in many different ways to many different problems.“ That makes me a Jack of One Trade. My trade is my craft.
He goes on to say, “it’s essential to have a craft, whether it be analyzing, building, designing, drawing, cooking, coding, teaching, selling, singing, presenting, or writing. Finding your craft is different than the old chestnut to follow your passion, because a craft is more mundane than that, more durable and less grand. It’s what you’re good at, what you like doing from moment to moment, year after year.”
What is my craft? It is expressive oration. And, I realize I apply it in many different ways to many different problems.
In other words, what I do day in, day out is express my thoughts and emotions with words, sounds and gestures in a meaningful way to solve problems and influence people. It’s ordinary work, but it does not seem like work to me. I’m good at it, and I enjoy doing it. There is something that feels inherently good when I do it.
By no means am I perfect at it, but I am driven to master it. It’s what I like doing from moment to moment, year after year. It is what I have been equipped with to serve others.
Thank you Glenn for helping me see my purpose through this lens. I hope your perspective may inspire at least one other person too.
Read Glenn’s complete inspirative article by clicking here.