Jack of all Trades, China has None!


Sasha: Welcome to another Video Winston: Well, Hey there guys and welcome to Oklahoma City I’m here staying with a Patron and Subscriber Who I will be introducing to you in a very short time and today I’m talking about well, Jack of all Trades Basically, being able to do stuff. And this is something that, really, just cropped up last night speaking to my host, Richard. because this guy’s pretty amazing, he does everything himself. He’s really good at building things out of metal, he messes around with electronics, I mean, I’ll get him to talk about the stuff he does in a short while. but it just got me thinking, and I don’t know anyone in China who does anything similar to that. and I myself, you know, I fix motorbikes and cars, and I do everything, I can fix… if anything goes wrong in the house; plumbing or electricity wise, I normally fix it in China because you don’t really find people are capable of doing these jobs well. And in China everybody is very specialized, so you don’t get someone who is very well rounded really. You get people who are really smart and very focused on a specific thing, so you’ll get really good Programmers, or you’ll get really good people who do specific things, like accounting or if they’re a laborer or construction working they will do that one job very well, but you will find that they’re actually not capable of doing anything outside of their field of focus which is kind of strange. A lot of my friends, myself included tend to like to do things themselves and fix their own little problems in and around the house and things like that. but in China, [if] anything breaks, you’ll call up probably the closest thing you have to a Jack of all Trades are these guys who run these hardware stores which are called Wujin Dian which means “Five Metal Shop” and what they’ll do, is they’ll come up and fix things here and there. but once again, they’re really only capable of doing little household things like fix a leaky faucet, or tap, or maybe do some electrical work for you, that kind of thing but they don’t do anything outside of that, and they never do anything out of passion. So, I’m going to call in my Patron and Subscriber, here we are Please introduce yourself to everbody, by the way, thank you very much for having me over. This is your Shop, right? Richard: This is my area in this big building, yeah. So, My name is Richard, I live here in Oklahoma City, and I’ve been following Winston for about a year and decided to invite him when I heard about his trip. Winston: Yeah, cool. So, now I was telling everybody that you tend to work with your hands a lot, you do a lot of things. I’ve personally seen some of the stuff you’ve done, but maybe you can tell people some of things you enjoy doing, and making. Richard: I do a little bit of rough woodworking, nothing fancy or finish, and I do all sorts of metalwork, from Welding, to, we have a CNC Plasma Table over here so we make signs, and decorations, and numbers for houses, and hardware for curtains and windows. it’s more decorative than functional a lot of the time, but it’s something that we need. Winston: Yeah, not only that, you’ve got a 3D Printer at home So, he’s a bit of a maker, he does all sorts of things. I’ve seen you tinkering around with your electronics. Which is cool, I mean, it’s very rounded, you wouldn’t expect usually someone who does, sort of, Plasma Cutting and Welding to then go and build electronic circuits and stuff, so it’s really cool to see that. Richard: Yeah, I had the chance to go to a High School in Oregon that had a very broad offering of courses and one of the courses was in Programming and I did that, I thought I was going to become a programmer, then I realized I didn’t want to sit at a desk, so I went to school for Engineering and then realized I don’t want to work in an office, so I ended up working for myself. Winston: Yeah, that’s pretty sweet. Another thing he’s really good at is brewing beer, and uh You know, I got to sample some of it last night Fantastic job, I couldn’t tell the difference between a proper really professional Brew House and what you make, so Richard: Yeah, I got the chance to give him a couple clones, see if he could tell them apart. Winston: Yeah, and I couldn’t tell the difference, I actually preferred his beer, to be honest. But you name it, this guy does it himself, that’s the thing, and it just got me thinking that I honestly haven’t met anyone like yourself in China before I’ve met people who are incredible capable at doing one specific thing but not such a broad spectrum of things, And I think, well at least compared to China, it’s fairly common to find people that have a broad range of skills over here. Richard: Yeah, we’re lucky enough to have multiple of them in the building and we all work together on some big projects, and it’s great. Winston: Yeah, Awesome, well that’s pretty much it guys! Thank You once again, for watching, and thanks to all the people that came to the Albuquerque Meet Up that was pretty cool, and we’re having another Meet Up tonight in Oklahoma City if any of you guys are available, come round. otherwise, you know the drill, as always: Richard: Stay Awesome

49 thoughts on “Jack of all Trades, China has None!

  1. When I went to public school in the 70's in Toronto, outside of the normal languages, sciences, math, social sciences, health and phys-ed, we were taught shop work in metal, plastic, wood and stone We were also taught cooking, sewing, typing and cleaning. At grade 10 level and up, you could take courses on build and fixing cars/motorcycles, home construction, etc. All of my best friends from the school are more rounded and knew a lot more than our own teenage kids.

  2. When the people work six days a week and try to save some time for family, a haircut, and any of the little errands of life, there is no time for other things. I see few people with hobbies and no one who tinkers or repairs cars. The car culture is in its infancy, if there will ever be one, but if you don't have the time you don't develop the skills.
    On the idea that people seem like specialists, I see that extend to their jobs. In the US I developed skills doing and managing many types of work. When I try to fix problem t my company that is not exactly in my area I am told to focus on my own job. If I had an employee who didn't try to fix a problem they saw or at least didn't bring it to the right person's attention, I'd can him. Hopefully the attitude here will change. Maybe it is generational.

  3. Here in Canada our beer is taxed and very expensive but if you can brew your own, it is much cheaper. Brewing your own beer or wine is the way to go here or at least having a friend who is good at it is nice. It saves a lot of money. Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine and hard liquor are much cheaper in the USA compared to Canada.

  4. Learning a new skill is often a matter of opportunity and access, both are in short supply in China when taking into consideration the limited living quarters, low wages, time, and access to gear.

  5. Hi Winston ever thought about making a video about the Chinese tax system? As far as I know if it more practical and straight forward than many western countries.

  6. I'm jack of all trades and my master is operating human in operating table.

    Hey , aside disecting human organs and limbs I do plumbing, gardening, welding, building cars, piano tuning and wood working. YEAH I'M NOT CHINESE!

  7. Fascinating that the nation of China, lacking the robust versatility of old-time European polymaths (Archimedes, Da Vinci), or old-time American polymaths (Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Donald Trump) or today's polymath entrepreneurs from foreign climes (Richard Branson, Elon Musk), can still develop their country so rapidly and successfully, as they have. It seems that pooled talent, intelligently managed and directed, can muscle into the money stream through hard work and collective effort. And so, a lesson for the White polymath, virtuoso, genius. Be not too proud. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

  8. Just decided to pull up to a dirty mattress full of body fluids on the side of the road. I can't fight that urge either

  9. It is the same in Anglosaxon countries. You get paid more for being specialised in professional fields while the multiskilled are ognored and branded unfocused. Women and ppl from other cultures who dont get this politics suffer in employment because of this.

  10. Most of your videos are great and on point but have to disagree with this one. It's more like the other way round. Most people in the west doesn't know fuck all when it comes to fixing cars/mechanics, plumbers, electricians and gas engineers etc hence they get ripped off big time… Most middled men in China knows a thing of two about all of the trades i mentioned.

  11. I Lived in China for over 9 years in Shanghai. I met very clever and resourceful people during my years there, in fact the are people that can fix just about anything. Maybe the concept of jack of all trades requires resources and many people just lack that. However, the level of specialization is truly amazing.

  12. Richard seems like a good guy, and a good guy to know. I've never been to China, but kinda doubt there are no "handy" or omniverously curious and multi-talented folks to be found there. Rather, it might just be that if your toilet acts up, you just sort it out yourself. You don't seek out Mr. Fixit.

  13. That's the second time I've seen that, what is that gay looking stuff where people tilt their head and put a peace sign on each side? Is that like some new kind weird techno rap kid crap?

  14. By the way your wife is very attractive and I am sorry that we have all been fed the line that attractive women are those who wear makeup for the purpose of conveying that perception to others. I am relating to the comments directed toward her in a video I saw about women,dating. marriage and divorce involving the Chinese.

  15. I think this is because in China, human labor is cheaper and population density is higher, so you can find someone cheap and close to do those things for you. In US ,every time I need to fix anything, I have to wait for weeks to get an appointment and pay hundreds of dollars for something very simple. I guess any one grow up in such society would end up doing these things by themselves.

  16. Yeah, it's true. A lot of Chinese people aren't that hands on. In the American suburbs, people are hands on and know how to fix their homes.

  17. Americans went west and the nearest neighbor maybe several miles away. You HAD to take care of things yourself

  18. The ideal men in the West, particularly in the English Speaking World, are the renaissance man, cut from the mold of Di Vinci, and the yeoman farmer, who is the quintessential jack of all trades. The East adopted the Confucian model of life that stresses knowing one's own place in society and showing fidelity to that one identity. I'm pretty sure that after a generation or two in the west someone of East Asian descent is more likely to be that jack of all trades who knows how to do many things well. That being said, I know plenty of Westerners who know how to do only one or two things and hire other people to do simple tasks, although that strikes me as a boring way to live. In the West we are all assumed to have a dozen hobbies, will that change in the East with increased income and leisure time?

  19. "However, unlike in America, you cannot guarantee a good job." – Not sure what you mean by that. Do you still get excited reading "Made in Germany"? I am German and I don't. (Porsche manages to sell cars "Made in Germany" by shipping chassis, engine and wheels to a plant in Germany and assembling them there. That doesn't necessarily mean Porsches don't match quality standards, but it shows how Germany abuses its own reputation. It's all marketing and business. The more money is involved, the stronger the urge to cut corners.) – I get how that pressure is on all 'entrepreneurs' in China though. Tendencies can be identified. But what is ever guaranteed in life except death? – As for jacks of all trades, it's of course easier when people have free time. But it might also be driven by a pressure where only being able to do one thing isn't enough. In part due to competitive pressures. One person might complain that they cannot broaden their skillset. Another person might complain that they cannot prevail with one specialization.

  20. I know it's a generalization however part of the reason would be lack of space, access to transport and equipment and having a father that has handed down these skills

  21. We love your videos but I beg you save us the pleasure of the intro .. its painful (I am sorry to say ) it doesn't add value to the material ..Just a suggestion , no offence intended

  22. I'd like to think this play on words actually implies that the Chinese are "Masters" at what they do… especially since the title appears to be an intelligent play on words to a well known English/American colloquialism. It's not a comment meant to be taken at face value. "Jack of all Trades- China has None" is the opposite of the actual colloquialism "Jack of all Trades- Master of None"….

  23. When 15-45 million educated people were murdered in the 1958-62 "cultural" revolution, China squandered its intellectual capital. Smart, go-getting entrepreneurs were probably among the first to die, turned in by the dumb, jealous, and lazy who survived and propagated.

  24. Hey Serpenza!,I am also South African and also lived in China.I’m going back to Hangzhou in about 8 months time.Would be nice to grab a cold one and meet up if possible???

  25. So, I would hypothesize that the reason is the fundamental types of languages – phonetic vs ideograms – which could be tested in any related area — Korea, for example, Indonesia, that have a vastly simpler "alphabet" – just learning about the depth of effect of these language types other than phonetic, and here is a possible marker. So…

  26. 2 years late to the party. πŸ™ Better late than never, I guess. If you ever come back to Oklahoma City, there's a small group of us here who would love to see you, Winston. πŸ™‚ Sad we missed you the first time. Stay awesome~!

  27. America to world, we will be needing those 10,000 manufacturing plants back soon. The money to buy those products being sent to America in the 1990's and on were bought with saved money. Money that was not replaced after being spent because the Job market is terrible if you only have a High School education. Our corrupt Government has been able to lie for forty years but now no matter what they say, thing get worse. Trump was elected because he blocked the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Treaty but he lied about everything else. In 2020, we should have our first chance to vote for a real president that cares about the Middle Class. Our bridges. damns, water systems and other infrastructure are approaching collapse. The rich have push the taxes onto what is left of the Middle Class.

  28. " However, unlike in America, you cannot guarantee a good job." hmmm yes in America, wages for low paid workers are almost as low as in China. Work is certainly not guaranteed for anyone.

  29. My experience is of chinese having PhD in putting a screw in, or PhD in unscrewing a screw and never the twain does meet. Just useless and lazy.

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