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As I read through the various posts on this forum I realize that I HAVE LIVED A LONG TIME and I have dabbled in a lot of things, slingshots, blowguns, traditional archery, slings, knives, tomahawks, Bolos, pellet guns, firearms, whips, primitive fire making, primitive camping, hunting, fishing and a lot more. If you live long enough you get to try a lot of stuff. Having said that, I realized that I NEVER DID ANYTHING AT THE EXPERT LEVEL. I am or was good at a lot of things but never got to the level of being a card cutting, match lighting, arrow splitting expert at anything. So, now at 80 I find myself thinking, would it have been better to do one or two things very well, rather than be a JACK OF ALL TRADES, MASTER OF NONE? What do you think?

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I find myself in what you say,same story most of the time I think being a generalist is good and I don’t know if I could have become a expert at anything so I’m happy knowing a little about a lot of things.
 

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You LIVED at the expert level Pete. Now at 80 years old you can look back and say I am an expert at LIVING! Can't beat that Buddy!
 

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You LIVED at the expert level Pete. Now at 80 years old you can look back and say I am an expert at LIVING! Can't beat that Buddy!
Totally agree with this! You have lived and are now the expert at you. You have had fun recreation, based on the many fun things you are good at. We never get out of life alive so we should at least experience and help others experience joy when we are here :)
 

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Aka said it perfectly I also tried numerous different activities in life, and I don’t regret any of them. Your post got me to thinking “What if ” I would have got into slingshots several years ago. I’m not sure if I would have stayed with it or not, because there wasn’t the internet and the Slingshot Forum. My attraction to slingshots is like saying “ Which came first, the slingshot or the Forum” The Forum for me makes up a huge part in the sport of slingshots I would never had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known.
 

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I prefer the idea of trying a bit of everything, maybe specializing to a certain degree in activities I really enjoy. Just concentrating one or two interests implies missing out on so many great things in Life.

Professionally speaking, it's another story; one has to be excellent i.e. a "specialist" with the relevant skills to compete with so many others out there.
 

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Can't speak from your position as I'm only young compared to most it seems (22), I enjoy a very varied range of hobbies. Some taken more seriously than others. Got quite serious about spring air rifles for several years, over did it I think and now rarely use them. Much better to be competent in a varied range of activities. Makes you a more rounded person and a more interesting and intelligent person aswell in my opinion.
 

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I prefer the idea of trying a bit of everything, maybe specializing to a certain degree in activities I really enjoy. Just concentrating one or two interests implies missing out on so many great things in Life.

Professionally speaking, it's another story; one has to be excellent i.e. a "specialist" with the relevant skills to compete with so many others out there.
Yeah, I don't really care if my Brain Surgeon is a good slingshot shooter.

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Can't speak from your position as I'm only young compared to most it seems (22), I enjoy a very varied range of hobbies. Some taken more seriously than others. Got quite serious about spring air rifles for several years, over did it I think and now rarely use them. Much better to be competent in a varied range of activities. Makes you a more rounded person and a more interesting and intelligent person aswell in my opinion.
Same here. I'm extremely young compared to most people here...
 

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Grandpa P,

I have pondered this dilemma before and likely will again. I am have to to understand and even appreciate the fact that I am too curioua to.have been an expert. My focus is never going to be that narrow...nothing against experts...but I am enjoying being relaxed in my endeavors far too much to pursue a single inquiry.

It's just who I am. Now I have been traveling and working all day.

So I am off to clean up and eat and an early bedtime.
 
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