76: Range by David Epstein

76: Range by David Epstein
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Episode found at: https://bookworm.fm/76/

We’ve all heard stories of famous people who knew what they were born to do from a young age. But should we really be trying to follow in their narrow-focused footsteps? Today’s author challenges the traditional idea that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice is what it takes to become an expert, explains why specializing early…

I really enjoyed this episode, having pivoted in my career a number of times recently. It reminds me of Cal Newport’s idea of “little bets” in So Good They Can’t Ignore You.

Excellent episode.

And to go down a rabbit trail on homeschooling. . .

If you aren’t familiar with the 19th century educator Charlotte Mason, I highly recommend you read her Home Education Series. One of the things that came up in your discussion in the episode, analogical thinking, is emphasized in her observation of education principles. She terms it the “science of relations” – the connections we (and our children) make on our own pulling from the disparate experiences and things we’ve read.

I’ve been involved in the homeschooling world for nearly 30 years. I read Charlotte Mason’s ideas pretty early on and they greatly influenced my foundational assumptions. Through the years with my children we’ve tried various things, explored their interests, sometimes had them in school. My older boys are doing great in college. But now with the younger ones, I find myself circling back to the foundational principles communicated by Miss Mason and finding that her educational approach has stood the tests of time (and my kids).

The original Charlotte Mason Home Education series (free, online):
https://amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html

To buy in print (I recommend LBP for a high quality printing – some that are available on Amazon are facsimile copies or copyright violations.):
https://www.livingbookpress.com/product-category/charlotte-mason-home-education-series/?v=d8e3950b4591

Great show as always.

Liked the discussion around Nintendo.

Nintendo is a default case study for the Blue Ocean (as opposed to the Red Ocean) marketing strategy discussion - which cover a lot of what Mike and Joe were talking about.

I’d recommend having a quick look at the definitions here

There’s a good book about it (Blue Oceans) that @mikeschmitz might enjoy as a gap book