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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. Plenty 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 up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who...
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
Dec 15, 2019
The best books I read this year. Thanks @austinkleon and @susanorlean and among others. If you want reading recommendations, sign up for the reading list email at Can’t believe it is in its tenth year.      source
Mar 24, 2021
@AdeshraNikunj Excellent book. He made a great argument on how different people in by taking different approaches.      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
Feb 03, 2021
@kushal_mehra kaun khel raha hai. btw great book if you havent read/heard it already Range      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
Oct 17, 2019
I avoid all modern pop psychology books, but this contrarian book is really good & actually eye-opening. Highly recommend. Range by @DavidEpstein      source
Mar 21, 2021
@YashimVG @web Pick up the book "Range". When young, go broad instead of narrow. Keep exploring until you find that one thing you can't get enough of. The best marketers have a lot of breadth.      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
Feb 03, 2021
@richreadalot @FlyingEyeBooks @NobrowPress @Alibrarylady @EdRoundtables @one_to_read @teacher_mr_r @MrHtheteacher @rumena_aktar @bouncemarketing @jonnybid @iwstoryfestival Got Ancient Games from @FlyingEyeBooks today to finish my set... these are just brilliant books.      source
Dec 08, 2020
@hmmrmedia @BillGates @DavidEpstein Great Book      source