Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein
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I heard a very brief interview with the author and it piqued my interest – and it sounded like a book Mike and Joe would like. On the surface, the premise seems to be contrary to some of the prevailing ideas. I wonder how this would compare to books like “So Good They Can’t Ignore You.”

I am listening to it on Audible and am about 1.5 hours into it. I too heard the author on a podcast and used my Audible credit on it. So far, so good. For me, he is it’s helping me understand that being an engineer who likes to tell stories is a good thing.

He talks about kind versus wicked skills/environments. Chess is a kind skill and environment. If you memorize enough and see enough you get better. Your skills can be specialized. The Emergency Room is a wicked environment. One patient could have a gun shot wound and the next could be sever stomach cramps. There is more broad knowledge needed.

It would be cool for them to read it. I’d love to see @mikeschmitz’s mind node file on this one.

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