Slow read for me but I enjoyed it a lot and felt like I was on information overload after finishing each chapter Who knew that so many case studies and anecdotes could support having breadth vs depth of knowledge The author of course nods to the fact that it s important to have both kinds of people generalists and specialists but his argument is against the prevalent thinking that we should pick an area of focus from a young age and keep at itSome of the sections that spoke most to me involved communication across teams and disciplines I honestly felt that I grew the most as a professional when working with and learning from colleagues who did very different things than me during their day to day these relationships were especially rewarding when we could collaborate toward fixing a common problem Epstein covers this a few different times from a task as general as comparing your project against others within the company to get an nderstanding of how long it might take and whether it will be worth it in the end to the tradition of Monday Notes at NASA notes submitted by engineers which were circulated so all divisions could see what problems others were facingOne of my favorite conclusions from Epstein was that teams need elements of both hierarchy and #Individualism To Survive Often #to survive Often much process focused on pandering to pper management leads to
lower ality feedback from lower ranking employees or in so many words an erosion of trust He calls this concept uality feedback from lower ranking employees or in so many words an erosion of trust He calls this concept Allegiance to Hierarchy and showcases how detrimental it can be part. Letes artists musicians inventors forecasters and scientists He discovered that in most fields especially those that are complex and npredictable generalists not specialists are primed to excel Generalists often find their path late and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one They're also creative agile and able to make connections their specialized peers can't spy from deep in their hyperfocused trenches As experts silo themselves further while computers master of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thriveOur ob. ,
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As a believer in Charlotte #Mason s generous feast I knew the minute I heard about this book that I #s generous feast I knew the minute I heard about this book that I to read it It did start slow but this book snowballed itself through my mind gathering momentum during a long lonely car trip After finishing the audio I immediately bought the Kindle version because I plan to se much of this information in a talk I have already done a few times This book illustrates so well how important a wide and generous feast is Beating out Atomic Habits another great book this is my favorite book so far this year This book is a seful mythbuster grit 10000 hours deliberate practice tiger moms this book says forget all of that sort of Try lots of things read broadly and fail lots of times I agree with this formula for success Specialization is boring I think there is something to being obsessive once you are in the right track Once you figure out the project or sport you need to focus This doesn t go against the thesis of the book but he wasn t explicit about it The story of the new US Open golf winner illustrates part of the thesis of this book A range of experience is sometimes better than over specialization In the book Roger Federer is another examplehttpswwwnytimescom20190617spThis passage describes a key finding that is central to the bookJames Flynn is a professor of political studies in New ZealandFlynn s great disappointment is the degree to which society and particularly higher education has responded t Compare yourself to yourself yesterday not to younger people "who aren t you An incredibly. What's the most effective path to success in any domain It's not "aren t you An incredibly. What's the most effective path to success in any domain It's not you thinkPlenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill play an instrument or lead their field should start early focus intensely and rack p as many hours of deliberate practice as possible If you dabble or delay you'll never catch p to the people who got a head start But if you take a closer look at the world's top performers from professional athletes to Nobel laureates you'll find that early specialization is the exception not the ruleDavid Epstein author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene studied the world's most successful ath. .
Icularly through the examples of the Challenger disaster and the 2008 global financial crisisAs someone who enjoys working across teams learning new things and sees contextual information critical to doing my job I appreciated Epstein s argument that it s important to have people who look across teamsprojects to identify systemic issues This is something I truly feel #companies don t value enough and even though I ve advocated for it myself it s not something I #don
value enough and though I ve advocated for it myself it s not something I often been encouraged to doThis is one of the few books I would actually recommend that everyone read That being said I can t ite give it 5 stars because it really is a challenge to push through some of the research I think the best approach is trying to read just one chapter per day so you have time to think about it Maybe it s of a 45 star read See of my reviews Blog Instagram I ve staked my entire adult life on following the generalist s path instead of the specialist s so I hoped this book would answer my basic True Prosperity uestions What about the role Neuroplasticity plays with keeping the following people analytically extra sharp The Polymath the Multi Instrumentalist and those like Noam Chomsky composer Elliot Carter Aristotle Leonard da Vinci or Bertrand Russell all deeply learned in multiple fields range yet known for changing how wenderstand hear or see things Zero on Neuroplasticity Ok then what will David say about how generalists best can pull deep multi disciplinary analogies through their multiple points of reference Meh nothing of note How about this Generalists Session with getting a head start is nderstandable; early specialization feels efficient But Epstein marshals an enormous body of scientific research to argue that we should all actively cultivate inefficiency Failing a test is the best way to learn Freuent itters end Dr. Witchs Animal Hospital up with the most fulfilling careers The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area Provocative rigorous and engrossing Range explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth diverse experience interdisciplinary thinking and delayed concentration in a world that increasingly incentivizes even demands hyperspecializatio.T Value Enough And