Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (Hardback)David Epstein (author)
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An iconoclastic book that argues for generalised knowledge rather than the drive to specialisation. Epstein argues rationally and coherently that, in an age when computers and artificial intelligence are capable of such intensely focused work, a range of knowledge is far more conducive to success.
A powerful argument for how to succeed in any field: develop broad interests and skills while everyone around you is rushing to specialize.
From the '10,000 hours rule' to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up with those who got a head start.
This is completely wrong.
In this landmark book, David Epstein shows you that the way to succeed is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests - in other words, by developing range.
Studying the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors and scientists, Epstein demonstrates why in most fields - especially those that are complex and unpredictable - generalists, not specialists are primed to excel. No matter what you do, where you are in life, whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, business analyst, parent, job hunter, retiree, you will see the world differently after you've read Range. You'll understand better how we solve problems, how we learn and how we succeed. You'll see why failing a test is the best way to learn and why frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers.
As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, Range shows how people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive and why spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to your success, and how to achieve it.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 561 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 33 mm
'David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range' - Malcolm Gladwell
'It'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' - Susan Cain, author of Quiet
'An urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance' - Daniel H. Pink
'Extraordinary' - The Guardian
'The storytelling is so dramatic, the wielding of data so deft and the lessons so strikingly framed ...[it's] a pleasure to read... Range offers such a wealth of thought-provoking material' - The New York Times Books Review
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