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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein

What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. ...
Publish Date
May 28
Goodreads rating
Dec 08, 2020
In this fascinating book, he argues that although the world seems to demand more and more specialization—in your career, for example—what we actually need is more people “who start broad and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives while they progress.” His examples run from Roger Federer to Charles Darwin to Cold War-era experts on Soviet affairs. I think his ideas even help explain some of Microsoft’s success, because we hired people who had real breadth within their field and across domains. If you’re a generalist who has ever felt overshadowed by your specialist colleagues, this book is for you.     source
Discovers that in most fields , generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Every high school and college student should read it.     source
Sep 23, 2019
@AGuyInOKC Driving back across America from visiting Kid at college, I listened to this, cannot recommend it enough. @DavidEpstein wrote a fascinating and perspective changing book which, among other things, talks about just that.     source
Jun 09, 2019
When an actually useful book like Range by David Epstein breaks through to best seller lists, it makes me smile.     source
@wendynather @Bosefina I read Range back in March while on vacation. Excellent book, filled with relevant stories, that spoke to value of generalists in connecting the dots. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, would recommend.     source
Jun 30, 2019
Great line from the new book (Range) by @DavidEpstein: "Compare yourself to yourself yesterday, not to younger people who aren't you."     source
Jul 25, 2019
One of the best books I’ve read in a while: Range by @DavidEpstein. It’s the kind of book that actually changes how you think about the world.     source
Dec 08, 2020
@hmmrmedia @BillGates @DavidEpstein Great Book     source