Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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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 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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Malcolm Gladwell Writer & JournalistFor reasons I cannot explain, David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range. (Source)

Susan Cain AuthorIt’s a joy to spend hours in the company of a writer as gifted as David Epstein. And the joy is all the greater when that writer shares so much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education. (Source)

Kobe Bryant Basketball Player / LA LakersThis book looks at how an emphasis on specialization can actually hamper our ability to really excel at something. It aligns with what I try to do when I am coaching, in my stories, and what we’re doing with Mamba Sports Academy — create all-around athletes who can think critically and make assessments in real time to enhance their play rather than rely only on a narrow set of skills. (Source)

Daniel Pink AuthorFor too long, we’ve believed in a single path to excellence. Start early, specialize soon, narrow your focus, aim for efficiency. But in this groundbreaking book, David Epstein shows that in most domains, the way to excel is something altogether different. Sample widely, gain a breadth of experiences, take detours, and experiment relentlessly. Epstein is a deft writer, equally nimble at telling a great story and unpacking complicated science. And Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance. (Source)

Scott Kupor Great line from the new book (Range) by @DavidEpstein: "Compare yourself to yourself yesterday, not to younger people who aren't you." (Source)

Joe Mccann @brianleroux And FWIW, I recognize I'm detracting from the 10x discussion but I think you'll find this book fascinating ✌🏼 (Source)

Nik Bonaddio @ellie @DavidEpstein It's a great book, and Dave's an amazing guy. Generalists ftw! (Source)

Kevin Bass Ms @Iron_Exec i love the story of this book though. would also love if good evidence to the contrary. i admit a lot of my enjoyment here comes from a place of identity. very dangerous indeed. but that wont in itself cause me to shut off (Source)

Haralabos Voulgaris If you haven't picked up a copy, highly recommend it, Range is a great book. (Source)

Joe Scarborough Finally getting to read @JoeyScarborough’s birthday gift to me, “Range”. @DavidEpstein’s book is an indispensable survival guide to the “wickedly” abstract age in which we live. A must read for leaders, educators, and our older children. (Btw, which circle is bigger?) https://t.co/E6FGAMVIxn (Source)

Quinn Cummings @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. https://t.co/cnzzk8kFGm (Source)

Ben Falk 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)

Daniel Coyle Brilliant, timely, and utterly impossible to put down. If you care about improving skill, innovation, and performance, you need to read this book. (Source)

Adam Grant In a world that’s increasingly obsessed with specialization, star science writer David Epstein is here to convince you that the future may belong to generalists. It’s a captivating read that will leave you questioning the next steps in your career—and the way you raise your children. (Source)

Tren Griffin When an actually useful book like Range by David Epstein breaks through to best seller lists, it makes me smile. https://t.co/gxHT0tyXla https://t.co/hcMOrazUaT (Source)

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