A good read in the style of Team of Teams or Barking up the wrong tree Debunks the general applicability of the 10000h rule and deliberate practice for knowledge work e. g the wicked world and shows with a lot of case studies that often top performers are the result of a larger broad experimentation phase, followed by late specialization I pretty much enjoyed all of them from Roger Federer, Vincent Van Gogh, Gunpei Yokoi the Gameboy inventor , Johannes Kepler the father of modern astronomy , Frances Hesselbein a CEO by accident who took over the Peter F Drucker foundation and others. Also follows Kahneman Tversky Thinking fast and slow and Chip Heath Decisive regarding the quality of expert forecasts and predictions One star less because the last third felt a bit low on insights to me mostly because I ve already knew t Some non fiction can be boring and even useless, but this is a work of non fiction that everyone should read I certainly got a lot out of it and feel many others will too Offering a wide ranging wealth of information and research Epstein shares data, as well as his opinion, on how to become and stay successful in a constantly evolving world What surprised me a lot was how compulsively readable it was and despite being a work of non fiction Epstein can sure engage you in an almost mesmerising way with his narrative. For many years we have been told that specialisation in a certain area, whilst foregoing most or all others, is the key to success theories such as the 10,000 hours rule prevail for now, but this book goes some way to rebutting and chang I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways Compare yourself to yourself yesterday, not to younger people who aren t you An incredibly slow read for me but I enjoyed it a lot and felt like I was on information overload after finishing each chapter Who knew that so many case studies and anecdotes could support having breadth vs depth of knowledge The author of course nods to the fact that it s important to have both kinds of people generalists and specialists , but his argument is against the prevalent thinking that we should pick an area of focus from a young age and keep at it. Some of the sections that spoke most to me involved communication across teams and disciplines I honestly felt that I grew the most as a professional when working with and learning from colleagues who did very different things than me during their day to day these relationships were especially rewarding when we could collabor This book is a useful mythbuster grit, 10,000 hours, deliberate practice, tiger moms this book says forget all of that sort of Try lots of things, read broadly, and fail lots of times I agree with this formula for success Specialization is boring I think there is something to being obsessive once you are in the right track Once you figure out the project or sport, you need to focus This doesn t go against the thesis of the book, but he wasn t explicit about it
Covers the idea of having a wide Range of knowledge outside one s specialty helps people succeed Often new ideas come from thinking analogically about things unrelated to what one is looking at Has lots of case studies that make the argument that having a wide Range of experiences can help with one s endeavors. Æ Range Æ One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein is, In theory there is no difference between theory and practice In practice there is Range Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein is about the latter half of that quote Range introduces the concept of wicked domains or as I like to them, reality where you are faced with imperfect information and erratic feedback yet must somehow still devine a solution, preferably a successful one Further, learning occurs mostly through a coherent yet completely inaccurate summary of events, the narrative fallacy So how can we better ourselves How do we solve the most pressing issues of our time when there is no evidence that our solutions are working Range doesn t provide any easy answers but suggests the solution is, at its heart, to follow evolution Take opportunities to expos Everyone butcher, baker, candlestick maker teacher, student, scientist, business analyst parent, job hunter, retiree will get something motivating and useful from this book No matter where you are in life, you will see the world a bit differently after you read this energetic and energizing look at how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed, regardless of what field we are working in Seriously, I haven t stopped recommending this since I finished it several weeks ago I don t think I will stop recommending it for years. Disclosure I won this pre release copy in a drawing from the publisher. The book wasn t badly written, but for me it was something of a slog I ve enjoyed similar books in this genre , the sort of pop psychology self help mashup including books like Willpower Baumeister Tierney , The Upside of Down McArdle , The Power of Habit Duhigg , among others There was nothing distracting in the style of Range that failed to work for me But the presentation often left me wanting , arguing in my head against the point the author was making It often felt like being led down a garden path, and asked to ignore things on the edge of the trail as meaningless distractions. Part of the challenge confronting the author was in tackling a deconstructed subject In the opening chapter, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer are presented as juxtapositions in how to become the best in their re 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 [ read Online Range È asexual PDF ] by David Epstein ✓ Professional Athletes To Nobel Laureates, Shows That Early Specialization Is The Exception, Not The RuleDavid 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 Creative, Agile, And Able To Make Connections Their Specialized Peers Can T SeeProvocative, 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 Of The Skills Once Reserved For Highly Focused Humans, People Who Think Broadly And Embrace Diverse Experiences And Perspectives Will Increasingly Thrive
About The Author
David Epstein is the author of Range Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, which has been translated in 21 languages He has master s degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated He lives in Washington, DC.