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Should you specialize or generalize?

Should you specialize or generalize?

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Specialist

Specialist

  • You join the top 1% in that field
  • You are respected in your field
  • You can make innovations in your field and earn a great reputation

Look at Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Leonard Euler, they all used the power of One Thing.

Problem: When you say yes to One Thing, you say no to others.

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Generalist

Generalist

By generalizing, you gain knowledge of so many things, that you fit into every group. You may not be respected very much but you fulfill your desire to learn everything.

  • less experience & less organized
  • more analogies & new perspectives
  • solve problems creatively by using your other skills
  • become a great leader since you know many areas

Problem: The only people to lead in history were masters at their craft.

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The Specialized Generalist

120% in One Thing and 70% at rest of the fields.

Eliminate desires that are not your own. Write a list of your interests. Pick the top 3 - 4 most important.

Bin's Law

  • 5 hours — main thing ( physics for me )
  • 2 hours —  second thing ( programming for me )
  • 1–2 hours —  learning new things like digital skills
  • 0 hours — feed your curiosity in the free time

Combine a handful of skills that are rarely combined, like medicine & programming.

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Writer | Content Creator | Physics Lover | Programmer | Muslim

CURATOR'S NOTE

All the successful people are specialists. All the happy people are generalists. What should you choose?

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