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Sem dúvidas recomendo a leitura desse livro. Ele te mostra com exemplos claros a importância de sempre se manter aberto a novos conhecimentos, mesmo que esses não sejam da sua área de foco (e.g. Advogado aprender sobre economia, ou engenheiro aprender sobre leis).
The idea that deep and early specialisation is necessary for attainment had made its way everywhere, including the idea that enjoyment comes from mastery: exhortations to immerse ourselves in deliberate practice. Tiger mums, ping pong champions, the ever present Polgar sister story.
Range is a very welcome antidote - well argued and looking at a range of research as well as illustrative stories: offsetting Tiger Woods with Federer or the German Football team, creativity in science, mastery of multiple instruments.
I was fascinated to read for example how Darwin was a massive collaborator, not just the barnacle super-specialist I had assumed; or the struggles of Kepler as he reached to conceive of new possibilities.
A really good book, and I hope it has the impact it deserves.
Every parent should read this book. Every person who feels they've started late or perhaps haven't started yet...nothing is comparable, other than to your own experiences, and your next discovery. It makes for an exciting and curiosity filled life.
Fantastic book - interesting point that society values specialists traditionally, but not generalists. The moral (that I took from it) is that it’s “ok to be a generalist” even though society doesn’t normally recognize that, and also the world needs both specialists and generalists to progress. Specialists uncover important details but generalists can help to link things together to find new solutions to problems. Highly recommended for both generalists and specialists - they need each other!
I am a generalist and this book is a pleasant difference from the 'jack of all trades...' thinking that many people see. It's a well written and thorough view of why having a breadth of skills, knowledge and experience can be valuable. It was a very encouraging and enjoyable read for me.
When Range hit the bookshelves in 2019, I couldn't wait to read it. Working with a self-avowed generalist from 2002 to 2007, we secured numerous technical government contracts for our small business. An English grad and a mid-life MBA. Generalists working together in fields dominated by big names in radio, construction, and military contracts. It was exciting.
Excitedly, I devoured page after page of Epstein's material. He really hit a stride with this book. Neither of the other two titles I've read by Epstein resonated with me like this one. In true confession, I had to stop reading about a third of the way into my reading. Like some cosmic brain transfer, I was finding the content of his book sounding very much like the book I was writing.
Sadly, I had set Range down and until I published my book. I wanted to finish my book without the influence of Epstein as I could see we were headed in the same direction. Once I published my book, I went on to finish Range. Weird to recognise parallel thought development so aligned with one's own thinking. I shared the same experience when I read Dan Pink's A Whole New Mind.
I laughed at seeing principles I’ve identified being portrayed in Epstein’s own language and style. In fact, I loved it. I was also inspired by Epstein’s references and the near-total absence of regurgitated material on his subject. So many of these type books have been written that I often feel they are just expanding on previous iterations of an idea. What a joy it was to not find that in Range. Of course that is apart from the eerily similar references I deployed in my book.
By itself, I give this the top rating. I loved it. Perhaps a part of that high praise could be that he and I are on the same wavelength. My copy of Range is far too heavily flagged with great bits to comment on specifics, but I would like to share my favourite quote:
An enthusiastic, even childish, playful streak is a recurring theme in research on creative thinkers. (p 273)
What a book! I have just discovered that I am the exception to the rule! A hardcore generalist. This book is very enlightening and would help especially young people understand the power of being a generalist. I travelled a lot as a young child, lived in several countries as a result attended many schools, I studied three different subjects at different times at university, and found myself working at different types of organisations. The experience and opportunities I have gained and had cannot be quantified. I Love being a generalist. My diverse experiences and perspectives have made me the success I am today.