It means the ability of a person to do more than one thing at a time. For example, one can see a person checking a file while at the same time, speaking over the phone. It is said, “Practice with your left hand while the right is still there.”

Everyone is gifted with equal power but some utilize them well. Benjamin Franklin is a fine example to it. A man of letters, he was a Printer, Publisher, Scientist, Author, Ambassador and Inventor. It was he who invented a special stove named after him as, Franklin stove, lightning rod and bifocal spectacle.

Considering the multitasking abilities of Franklin, what an amount of ceaseless efforts he should have put! Ancient writer Aristotle was also a thinker, philosopher, scientist, psychologist and litterateur.

Similarly, anyone can develop this skill; it requires patience, hard work, dedication and a stubborn will. Try to draw or write in your left hand if you are a right-hander, and vice versa. If you are good at one sport, practice another; learn more languages, at least to the extent of speaking.

After 18 years, learn to ride 2 wheelers and drive a car; know the household work of simple trouble shooting methods of various things; read books about multitasking, candle making, growing mushroom etc., but never try with electricity. That would be fatal!

Great writer Longfellow had aptly remarked, “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while the others judge us by what we have already done.”

The recession in the IT sectors forced many go jobless. If only these ill-fated professionals had developed some other ability before, they could have survived. These multitasking would help one at any time. It is like having a standby tyre for an emergency use if one is punctured.

Have the thirst to learn as many things as possible. It is at this stage – being young – one can become both, Jack and master of all trades. Remember Henry’s great quote, “To do what others cannot do is talent; to do what talent cannot do is genius!”