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Balancing depth and breadth

Two points should be noted:

  • Specialisation is essential.
  • Specialisation without any breadth is risky. Living inside a hyper-focused skillset can feel comfortable, but it has hidden costs. Your skill can become less valuable, and you could miss opportunities because you specialised in the wrong skill.

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The power of specialisation

Without specialisation, we would not have computers, the internet, cars, antibiotics, or all the other more sophisticated things.

Specialisation creates wealth. The power of specialisation is related to the size of the economy. In a small village, there's only so much specialisation, such as a teacher. But in a global economy, there is an increased payoff for specialisation.

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  • Moving upwind. When you are unsure of which path to follow, choose the one with the most options.
  • Specialise in work, generalise in play. Keep your work focused, but vary your intellectual pursuits. For example, you may be a software developer by day, but learn languages and history by night.
  • Cycle depth and breadth. Oscillate between periods of specialisation and periods of exploration.

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Specialisation means focusing on one area to the exclusion of everything else. It can be great when all is well but disastrous when it fails.

The tech industry is booming at present, but nothing lasts forever. A political change could stifle innovation. Economic centres could shift from the West. There's always a risk that a niche skillset can become obsolete.

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A multi-hyphenate career is a career path that is on the rise for many people today.

These days, being a generalist has its perks. It’s the role of the multi-hyphenate. The slash career. The polymath. The talent stack. The multi-path career. The gig economy. Whatever you want to call it, it’s here.

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Consider at what speed you should try to do things in order to improve performance.
We can often learn something quickly, but without attaining a master level (like getting good at estimating answers to math problems. While you might get within close proximity, you'll seldom get to the exact answer.)
Learning to do something with precision will require a different technique and can take much longer to master.

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Rigid Vs Malleable: Exploring the Ability to Change Ourselves

How much we can change ourselves can be explored by looking at the extremes.

  • At one extreme (Rigidland ), our nature is fixed and unchanging. No amount of effort or experience will change your intelligence, personality, and talents. Change is only possible in superficial ways, such as your knowledge and highly-specific skills.
  • At the other extreme ( Malleabiliverse), everything can be moulded, not just things like acquired skills and knowledge, but whether you're an introvert, how clever you are, or what music you like.

We live in neither of these realities. Obviously, we are not completely rigid nor entirely malleable. If our nature is fixed, self-discovery is essential. If our nature is malleable, self-improvement is needed.

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