The Pros and Cons of being a wildcard


  • You get to be King!
  • You get to do everything and be a highly valued resource in your company
  • You're never bored
  • No one knows exactly "what you do"
  • You get to learn many new skills


  • You have to be a 2
  • "I do everything" doesn't look good on a resume when you want to go to a new company
  • You're always busy
  • No one knows exactly "what you do"
  • You have to self-learn most things

Being a wildcard at work is just like being a wildcard in poker. You're never as good as the card you're pretending to be: The kings will be more skillful than you in their category, and the twos will be a more cost efficient resource for the work.

As with most things in your professional life, you have to look at the long-term and decide if being a wildcard is working to your benefit. If not, it might be time to switch tables!