Specialize? Or Generalize? #540

November 09, 2019

Ever been called a "jack of all trades, master of none"? The world loves to elevate specialists, people who drill deep into a single topic. Those people are great. But there's a place for generalists too, argues David Epstein. Jacks of all trades are often more successful than specialists. And he's got science to back it up. We talk with Epstein about his latest book, "Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World".


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Guest Bios

David Epstein

David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "Range: Why Generalist Triumph in a Specialized World" and "The Sports Gene". 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.