Book Review 🤔Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World🤔 by David Epstein.
A generalist myself, I found a lot to like about this book. However, there may be some confirmation bias in thinking that everything he writes about a generalist’s power is brilliant. None the less, he provides several excellent examples about why generalists often see connections that specialists miss.
And don’t think that it is one way or the other, you are not always a generalist or confined to being a specialist. You may be a generalist in certain areas and a specialist and others. Or even better, you may be a generalist who has a few areas of specialty and/or has friends who are specialists in lots of different areas. There are also several intriguing ideas presented about decision making, finding the right match for your life/career, and debunking some of the notions about the value of “grit.” I would highly recommend this book.
Amazon Link: Range
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J. Scott Christianson is a technologist and an Associate Teaching Professor of management at the Trulaske College of Business, where his interests are focused on the impact of technology on society. You can connect with him on his website, LinkedIn, Twitter, or by following his newsletter, The Free-Range Technologist.