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He/She has a endless power to improvise with what is to hand.
The more fields of knowledge he/she covers, the greater his/her resources for improvisation.
"Nothing tends to materialise man, and to deprive his work of the faintest trace of mind, more than extreme division of labour."
Alexis de Tocqueville
To come up with new ideas, you need to know things outside your field.
The further afield your knowledge extends, the greater potential you have for innovation.
Over-specialisation in more about defending what one has learnt rather than making new connections.
The initial spurt of learning gives out, and the expert is left to defe...
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..is a kind of well-rounded person who knows a lot of things from several areas life. Academics, politics, health, pop culture, art… everything.
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If you become very attached to your routines, when they get messed up, you get frustrated.
You feel what is almost like withdrawals and you start doubting yourself.
A routine means creating practices, habits and rules that force us to be better. Without it, resistance is given too much room to operate.
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Early polymaths had the advantage of a wide-open field, and went deep in their disciplines, yielding branches and sub-branches of specializations. Deep down, these different branches lead to the same trunk and roots.
Polymaths differ from specialists, as they are on to a highway that is getting wider, and specialists are parked in a spot that is getting deeper.
Polymaths have the advantage of learning new fields of study, and forming new connections, while specialists start having a narrow vision by going deep, learning less. The learning ability of the polymath is the required skill-set of the future.
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Life satisfaction falls in our 20s and 30s, then hitting a low in our late 40s before increasing until our 80s....
That midlife slump (not to be confused with a midlife crisis) is often nothing - just a natural transition due to the passing of time.
Those likely to notice it are people that seem to have everything going for them; they're achieving their goals, and nothing much changed, yet they feel less satisfied than they expected and think there must be something wrong with their lives.
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However, some economists and psychologists factor in the possibility that those who become happier in the studies are the same people who are content in their early years.
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Whether you’re learning to play the saxophone or studying a foreign language, practice, or repetition, makes perfect.
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Spacing out the repetition, rather than cramming it into one session, is more effective. To use this learning technique:
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