Authors @ Company with David Epstein
David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene. He has master's degrees in environmental science & journalism & has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica & a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. His new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World will be released in May. He lives in Washington, DC.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World
Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, & rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world's top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.
David Epstein examined the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters & scientists. He discovered that in most fields-especially those that are complex & unpredictable-generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, & they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, & able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see.
Provocative, rigorous, & engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly & embrace diverse experiences & perspectives will increasingly thrive.
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