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Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein

Range is a must-read for anyone interested in improving their performance. David Epstein examines the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists and shows that generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel in complex and unpredictable fields. By cultivating inefficiency and embracing diverse experiences, people can thrive in a world where computer mastery is taking over. Epstein makes a compelling case for the importance of exploring multiple interests and juggling many passions rather than focusing on one.
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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
After a mental block of not being able to read a book properly for 2 years, got started on this one after several recommendations and now can’t stop reading.      source
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
Range: how generalists triumph in a specialized world If you want the class generalist vs specialist question answered, this is the book for you. @DavidEpstein has written a beauty. One of the best reads of the year for me.      source
@AdeshraNikunj Excellent book. He made a great argument on how different people in by taking different approaches.      source
@DavidEpstein’s book, Range shows us that despite common beliefs, being a generalist and focusing on many different tasks or interests at the same time pays off. The world’s top performers are usually generalists.      source
@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
@isvictoriousss @DavidEpstein REALLY good book!      source
@kushal_mehra kaun khel raha hai. btw great book if you havent read/heard it already Range      source
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
I am re-reading @DavidEpstein's wonderful book "Range" and was reminded of Karl Weick's argument that "Generalists should be the the upbeat, positive people in the profession while specialists should be their grouchy, negative counterparts." Here's Karl's complete quote      source
I avoid all modern pop psychology books, but this contrarian book is really good & actually eye-opening. Highly recommend. Range by @DavidEpstein      source
@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
Great line from the new book (Range) by @DavidEpstein: "Compare yourself to yourself yesterday, not to younger people who aren't you."      source
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
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… the chat came off the back of the release of David’s awesome best-selling book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. It’s a must-read for ALL who work in sport, at ALL levels ⤵️      source
@hmmrmedia @BillGates @DavidEpstein Great Book      source