Simmons believes in working lots of odd jobs
never put all your eggs in one basket has always been a good idea and a
mantra of mine. Spread the risk. Have one job and do one thing and be able
to do two or three other things in case one thing doesn't work out. Just
don't be a master in one and a knucklehead in all others." - Gene Simmons
In 2011 while he was attending the ESPY Awards
Gene Simmons, the former KISS
rockstar, was asked about jobs he held before becoming famous.
Simmons told Candace Smith from
RadarOnline.com, "I worked in a butcher's shop where I had to work rubbing
the fat off the chopping block, which they used to chop the heads of the
chickens. It's true. I was 12."
Simmons went on to say that it is good
for young people to experience all kinds of different work.
Simmons himself has held many different
The odd jobs of a rockstar.
Simmons has held jobs as a temporary
worker employed by the Kelly Agency as a temp and as a deli cashier. He
worked for Glamour magazine for a brief time and also as a personal
assistant to Kate Lloyd the editor of Vogue.
Gene Simmons says learn more skills.
Simmons also believes that it is important to have marketable work skills
in more than one line of work. His point was that there will be times when
it is difficult to find work in a particular industry and you should be
prepared to make a living somewhere else if you need to.
Which one is better?
Do you think it is better to be a master of one skill or a generalist
capable of working several different jobs?
Specialists are usually rewarded with
higher paying jobs, because they are rare. They can solve problems, design
products, or satisfy niche customer desires where many others can not.
However, is "putting all of your talent in one basket", so to speak, safe
in today's economy? We discovered in 2008 that even specialists' jobs are
subject to being ruthlessly devoured by a poor economy. Is a generalist
better off in that particular situation? Are there more options open to a
generalist looking for a quick job replacement as they are competent in
Learn how easy it can be to get new
marketable work skills, even when you are working full-time.
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