being multi interested is dangerous ?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by sagar474, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. sagar474

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 22, 2010

    Is it dangerous to be a multi interested person like me?

    I'm 22 year old. I cant leave with out any of those. is there any wrong in this. or can I have nice opportunity ? or I'm an Eadiot?

    I'm interested in


    Electronic circuit design.(I have made robots , AMPs ....)(Digital and Analogue )

    Programming. C,C++ Java ASM.(I have developed Physics engine,Games ....)

    Image processing(I have done some image processing work in OpenCV and matlab).

    Computer Networks. ( understanding the working of computer networks and INTERNET )

    Web designing.( that is understanding the working of web pages.)


    Astronomy.(I have many ideas since child hood even now I always think about it during nights very strongly)

    Animation (I have did many awesome animation work since my child hood)

    VHDL, Verilog.


    film making.( short films.... not yet)

  2. ecra

    New Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    no multi interested isnt dangerous but focus to one field is bst...=)
  3. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Nah, go for it. The more the better. In fact I can add many more...
    music, art, philosophy, public speaking, environmentalism, occupy anything, cycling, sailing, camping, and don't forget, last but not least women... oops, make sure you do all of above first before you take on the last one!
  4. paulktreg

    Distinguished Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    The phrase "Jack off all trades, master of none" springs to mind. ;-)
  5. sagar474

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    woo my problem looking like joke for you?
  6. spinnaker

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 29, 2009

    I think he was just teasing you. :)

    Are you aware of that phrase he posted? It is usually meant for a working person. He does all kinds of work but he is not really good at any of them.

    I see nothing wrong if these are just your interests. As far as work goes it is probably best to work at just one thing and become the best you can be. Of course it does not hurt to keep you mind open to other things so that if you lose your job you can find work in another area if needed. Other interests that yours are a great way to do this. They can lead to work in other fields.
  7. samin


    Oct 14, 2011
    Actually it depends on your goals, and i don't see it as 'Eadiot' , I see it as a strength, but the truth of that view depends on one's goals. If you want to become a somebody in a particular field and/or get to high levels within a very large organization, you probably do need to be a specialist. If you want to be independent, perhaps serve local small business, or have a technical position in most businesses up to about 100 employees, being a
    is much more valuable.

  8. paulktreg

    Distinguished Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Yeah just teasing but there is some truth in the saying don't you think?

    There's nothing wrong in having several interests but you can't be an "expert" in everything or the word expert wouldn't exist? I have to agree with samin, it all depends on your goals in life.
  9. someonesdad

    Senior Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    I see nothing wrong with it at all. However, if you want to make a living, you'll have to have a skill set that is in demand by employers. So make sure you get that skill set. That said, one of the best pieces of advice is to also make sure you get knowledge outside those technical interests. Two that I recommend strongly are i) learn at least one foreign language, preferably two and ii) learn in-depth information about one or more foreign cultures (and visit those cultures if you can). Those two pieces of advice will likely help you later in your career, especially if you want to move up the management chain.
  10. samin


    Oct 14, 2011
    Personally.. I sometimes lament the inability to focus in one area of my career and get really good at it, but only because I would enjoy having a really deep understanding of certain things. Career-wise, being a Jack has served me well.
  11. strantor

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    Oct 3, 2010
    I'm the same way; except maybe different. I have been interested in lots of things, but usually not at the same time. I usually pick something up and I'm super "in to it" for a little while, and then drop it like a bad habit and move on to something else. I can't beleive how long I've stayed interested in electronics (>1 year!).
    Things I've delved into & fallen out of before:
    artistic welding
    ornamental blacksmithing
    auto mechanics
    scuba diving
    playing piano (that only lasted about a week and I didn't learn anything at all)
    PC repair
    bass guitar
    billiards (I was very very good, and still better than most)

    ...the list goes on...
    My garage is a cemetary for dead & dying projects & hobbies.
    ...but hey, I never stop learning about something...
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  12. ErnieM

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    Apr 24, 2011
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

    -Robert A. Heinlein
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  13. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    Time Enough For Love.

    One of my all time favorite writers.
  14. GetDeviceInfo

    Senior Member

    Jun 7, 2009
    multi interested is healthy, multi talented is a challange.
  15. loosewire

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 25, 2008
    How can a 21 year old speak of things that only experience brings,
    other than dreams and goals. Think of things that were important
    to you at certain ages of your life and reply.Think back on your
    life and measure your changes of opinions as you aged.What would
    you do different. How many would say "I wouldn't change a thing"
    considering every thing " how many would say they are truly happy
    with life" not just a good poster and hiding behind a avartar. Look at
    the three layers of warmth in Benethere's picture,a picture is worth
    a thousand words.
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  16. R!f@@

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 2, 2009
    Seriously at 21 or 22 ...not possible unless ur another Einstein.

    Just dreams......
  17. strantor

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    Oct 3, 2010
    @ loosie & R!f@@... WTH are you guys talking about? Age has nothing to do with being interested and gaining experience in more than one area. Of course, being interested and gaining experience in things is totally different from *mastering* things; but that's not what OP was talking about.

    Basically, "Jack of (not 'off', you sickos) all trades, master of none" is exactly what he is, and that is totally possible at age 21 (or 22). I have been a jack of all trades since I started crawling. Seriously, there are pictures of me "working" on the undersides of chairs with real tools before I could walk.
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  18. PatM

    Active Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Being multi-interested may not be dangerous, but can definitely be very expensive.
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  19. strantor

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 3, 2010
    Yeah I forgot to mention that part. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the past few years buying things/tools. I would probably be better off financially if I just languished in front of the TV pacifying myself with video games like other people my age.
  20. thatoneguy

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    Feb 19, 2009
    Same here.

    I've also found that "Jack of all trades, master of some" applies more often than "none".

    Having a wide breadth of knowledge helps one to understand the workings of many areas, as there are similarities. Like being able to play the piano and violin allows one to play the Cello, since the fundamentals are the same.

    With "geeks", all programming, logic, and math break down to the same rules, so there are many areas that one can be proficient at. When a geek is good with his hands, then through practice, many trades are understood. Some with more depth than others, and where specialized, their knowledge is very deep.

    To finish Bill's statement: (I love RAH's works)