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  • "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 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."
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AuthorDavid J. Epstein
PublisherRiverhead Books
Publication dateMay 28, 2019
Print length351 pages
Customer Reviews4.6 out of 5 stars / 6,240 ratings
Sold byPenguin Group (USA) LLC
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The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.

Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

"The most important business—and parenting—book of the year." —Forbes

"Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance." —Daniel H. Pink

"So much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education." —Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

"As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated… a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts." —Wall Street Journal

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 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 and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see.

Provocative, rigorous, and 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 and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

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Specialized skills are usually trainable or teachable while broad "soft" skills often take years to develop and hone, or some are just natural at. Being a generalist makes you more adaptable and focus on the fundamental skills that are far too often overlooked by employers. I'll take an untrained employee with strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills over a technically inclined one with weak people skills 10 times out of 10.
I haven't read the book, but the title is provocative. I've found that being a generalist can be very detrimental to your career. It seems employers typically demand very specific skills with years of experience to back them up.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein

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I haven't read the book, but the title is provocative. I've found that being a generalist can be very detrimental to your career. It seems employers typically demand very specific skills with years of experience to back them up.
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I've got this on Audible. Great book with a wide audience range.
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Thank you.
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Woot. I saved $3.00 by reading the synopsis.
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I haven't read the book, but the title is provocative. I've found that being a generalist can be very detrimental to your career. It seems employers typically demand very specific skills with years of experience to back them up.
I love this book. It's one of my favorites. There are plenty of reviews online but my short one is it's worth reading.
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I read a few chapters of it. If you enjoy Malcolm Gladwell you will enjoy this, they have similar style. The author relies heavily on anecdotes and I was never convinced of the conclusions he draws from the stories.
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I read a few chapters of it. If you enjoy Malcolm Gladwell you will enjoy this, they have similar style. The author relies heavily on anecdotes and I was never convinced of the conclusions he draws from the stories.
I have the same issue with Gladwell.
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Specialized skills are usually trainable or teachable while broad "soft" skills often take years to develop and hone, or some are just natural at. Being a generalist makes you more adaptable and focus on the fundamental skills that are far too often overlooked by employers. I'll take an untrained employee with strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills over a technically inclined one with weak people skills 10 times out of 10.
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i hope this book doesn't specifically address a topic then?
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Specialized skills are usually trainable or teachable while broad "soft" skills often take years to develop and hone, or some are just natural at. Being a generalist makes you more adaptable and focus on the fundamental skills that are far too often overlooked by employers. I'll take an untrained employee with strong problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills over a technically inclined one with weak people skills 10 times out of 10.
I agree 100%. It's too bad most employers don't see it that way. They don't seem to appreciate that while a highly adaptable employee might take a little while to figure things out, they might also save them from having to hire multiple people who already have highly specialized skills.
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i hope this book doesn't specifically address a topic then?
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I haven't read the book, but the title is provocative. I've found that being a generalist can be very detrimental to your career. It seems employers typically demand very specific skills with years of experience to back them up.
The idea is that as you climb the ladder, knowing a bit about a lot is more important.
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