Master of One
There’s an old saying that goes, “He’s a Jack of all trades, and a master of none.” Early in my career, that described me perfectly. Maybe you’ve felt the same way.
I’d venture to say that most of us feel like we are making a millimeter of progress in a million directions with our lives and our careers. We are good at many different things, but we aren’t excellent, masterful, or exceptional at any one of them. We are overcommitted, overwhelmed, and overstressed, spending way too much time focused on minutiae rather than the work God created us to do.
Now, I don’t have a problem being a “jack of all trades,” but the thought of being described as a mediocre “master of none” makes me sick.
Why? Because mediocrity fails to accomplish the essence of the Christian life: to love God and love others. It is through the ministry of excellence and the pursuit of masterful work that we bring glory to God and love our neighbors as ourselves.
So, how do we find the work we can do most exceptionally well in service of God and others? What is the solution to being a mediocre master of none? The solution is becoming a master of one.
That is what my new book is all about. In Master of One, I will help you find, focus on, and master the work God created you to do.
In the book, you’ll hear more of my story, as well as the stories of more than twenty other Christians who have pursued mastery of one vocational thing for the glory of God and the good of others, including C. S. Lewis, Emily Ley, Mister Rogers, Cynthia Marshall, and Chip Gaines.