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Range

Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Lu par : Will Damron
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The number-one New York Times best seller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.

Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

“I love this idea...because I think of myself as a jack of all trades.” (Fareed Zakaria, CNN)

“The most important business - and parenting - book of the year.” (Forbes)

“Urgent and important...an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” (Daniel H. Pink)

“So much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.” (Susan Cain, best-selling author of Quiet)

“As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated…a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.” (Wall Street Journal)

Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. 

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters, and scientists. He discovered that in most fields - especially those that are complex and unpredictable - generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.

©2019 David Epstein (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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“For reasons I cannot explain, 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, author of Outliers and The Tipping Point)

“For too long, we’ve believed in a single path to excellence. Start early, specialize soon, narrow your focus, aim for efficiency. But in this groundbreaking book, David Epstein shows that in most domains, the way to excel is something altogether different. Sample widely, gain a breadth of experiences, take detours, and experiment relentlessly. Epstein is a deft writer, equally nimble at telling a great story and unpacking complicated science. And Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” (Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and A Whole New Mind)

“In a world that’s increasingly obsessed with specialization, star science writer David Epstein is here to convince you that the future may belong to generalists. It’s a captivating read that will leave you questioning the next steps in your career - and the way you raise your children.” (Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals)

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  • anon.
  • 07/06/2019

If you're highly curious, read this

Who will like this book * If your friends would describe you as highly curious, you’ll like this book * If you’re an investor, a business owner, a researcher, a scientist, a musician, a writer, a director, an athlete, or really anyone dealing with complex questions or seeking world-class achievement, you’ll like this book * If you care about doing the most good for the world and maximizing your positive impact on the world, you’ll like this book * If you’ve thought about how to increase innovation and problem solving in the world, you’ll like this book * If you’ve thought about what makes great inventors or innovators great, and how to identify and encourage world-class talent, you’ll like this book * If you like books like “Sapiens,” “Poor Charlie’s Almanack,” “Elephant in the Brain,” “Principles,” you’ll like this book * If you have ADHD, you’ll like this book * If your job or passion involves trying to accurately forecast the future, you’ll like this book The benefits you’ll get from this book * You’ll see how to achieve more, professionally * You’ll understand the ways your understanding of the 10,000 Hour rule has been wrong * You’ll better understand the path to world-class achievement * You’ll better understand how to spot potential world-class achievers * You’ll better understand how to forecast the future * You’ll better understand how to solve complex challenges where the answers aren’t obvious, both in your work and personal life Conclusion If you think that you'll benefit from it based on my above notes, I recommend buying it. If you're on the fence, listen to interviews with the author either on the "Invest Like The Best" or the "Econtalk" podcasts to get a better sense. After you read it Search YouTube and watch the talk called “Greatness Cannot Be Planned.” It extends the ideas from this book in a brilliant way. If you like the Greatness Cannot Be Planned, then you’ll also enjoy the following books: “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” “Where Good Ideas Come From,” and the chapter on the evolution of technology from “The Evolution of Everything.” Also search google for the blog post “Focus May Be Your Worst Enemy in Biotech R&D” — it also resonates with the ideas from this book. P.S. If you’re a curious person, and you probably are because you’re looking at books and reading the reviews, definitely get this book! P.P.S. This book is the next “Sapiens.”

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  • GuamUsa65
  • 22/10/2019

Excellent read for 50 somethings like myself who has peaked in one field but is far from done in contributing to this world.

I am 50 something and her and CEO and people keep asking me what do I do now that I’ve peaked. I am nowhere close to being done and my contributing to my country, people of Guam or family. This book is in inspiration to all of us who have meandered our way through our lives to relative success but still feel like Caesar that our life has just begun!!

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  • Ted
  • 09/05/2020

Anecdotes Around an Assertion

Apologies about alliteration, but this is one of those books that uses a mess of examples to drive home a general point. The narrator does an acceptable job delivering a sometimes interesting series of accounts that essentially state that specialists get bogged in their field while generalists drive real change. It will make you feel good if you’re the latter and it will offend you if that the former. As a former NPS ranger who has applied a natural history degree to the tech world, I enjoyed it, but I’m exactly the type who this book should please.

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  • Brian Tudor
  • 06/06/2019

Generally Speaking…

As someone who has a vast amount of hobbies and interests I found Range to be a very well informed look at the idealized nature of success based on having a wealth of experience to draw upon. Epstein is a wonderful writer whom I have enjoyed since his time at Sports Illustrated and Will Damron did a great job narrating the book. If you are someone in a field where innovation is the order of the day this book is for you. If you work in HR, Management, or College admissions, this is the book for you. Understanding how to look at all the salient data points to see the full story of a problem, product, or most importantly a person is broken down in Range to help you find the most successful teams in the last place you'd think to look.

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  • Zack
  • 11/08/2019

Gladwell-Esque Supplement to Fuzzy and the Techie

3.5 — I can't help but think of this in relation to The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World. Both address a similar idea, but with with slightly different focuses. Range was more personal, sharing case studies of individuals who got late starts or hopped across industries/careers/specializations. Stylistically, it's one of those Gladwell-esque books that follows the case-study-illustrating-a-broader-lesson formula. What has stuck with me from The Fuzzy and the Techie, in contrast, was the more societal stuff: how some of the jobs we think of as most secure (STEM, coding, etc.) may actually be vulnerable as AI and automation advance, whereas cross-disciplinary, expansive, critical thinking-oriented skill sets will be in demand (because those functions simply can't be replicated by computers). On that front, I thought Fuzzy was stronger, but Range was a great supplement, particularly in its explanation of "kind" vs. "wicked" learning environments and those implications. The case studies were interesting, too, running the gamut from Roger Federer to musically virtuousic brothel orphans.

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  • ST
  • 05/06/2019

I wish I had this book 10 years ago

Having been raised, and currently living, in an environment dominated by the philosophy of “Grit” and the “10,000 hour rule”, this book is a refreshing look at those who have thrived on the other end of that spectrum. I wish this book was written 10 years ago; it would have saved me a lot of time and grief.

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  • J. Fried
  • 23/01/2020

Eye opening for all ADD & folks with multiple interests

Interested in more than one thing? Here’s the book to save your self image, give you avenues to get better and learn how to produce breakthroughs through diversity of interests. I enjoyed every chapter on its own and all together as a book. Highly recommended and very easy to listen to.

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  • KE
  • 21/06/2019

Interesting

Interesting content, but falls short of proving the case that one is better off embracing being a generalist today to "triumph" (present tense) as the subtitle suggests. It rather makes an interesting case as to why generalists should be more valued than they currently are.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 02/08/2019

Good premise but poor support for it

The point of this book is that specialists do well in a 'kind' world, where rules are clear and feedback is immediate (like playing golf or chess). Generalists do well in a 'wicked' world, where rules are unclear or unknown and feedback is not immediate (like practicing medicine). Therefore, a cardiologist with a wider range of knowledge (like nutrition and physiology) would make a better doctor than one who is focused only on acquiring more technical knowledge about the heart. Unfortunately, the author does a poor job of supporting this premise. The stories and studies in the book really support the idea of being exposed to a wide range of activities and experiences instead of any specialization at a young age. This would give a person a better foundation so that later in life, that person can find an area of expertise that is a fit and can draw on that varied, past experiences for innovative solutions in their area of expertise (instead of a myopic view of the world through the perspective of their specialization).

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  • A Baker
  • 17/07/2019

A gem worth 6 out of 5 stars

Wow. The book description does not come close to justifying the depth, importance, knowledge value, quality of writing AND narration, breadth of life and career applicability, insight, credibility, and even the level of entertainment contained herein. Epstein did a stellar job of painting a complete picture of how we think, problem solve, interact, learn, grow, and progress in life. Showing the necessity of continuous analytical curiosity and critical thinking development. This book contains mountains of important lessons, perfectly curated to provide a complete, deep understanding of our skill sets in the world. I have a top five reading list in psychology, critical thinking, statistics, and philosophy.. this book thoroughly competes with the entire combination of my essential reads. I could go on and on. But I’ll end with this, if you have any interest in deep learning and critical thinking, this book is my #1 recommendation for most important work of the decade.

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  • Michi
  • 04/02/2020

Wundervoll

Der Autor erzählt von genau dem Thema, über das ich mir seit Jahren den Kopf zerbreche. Ich gehöre zu den Menschen, die viele Interessen haben und von einer Sache zur nächsten springen. Das sah ich immer als Nachteil den Menschen gegenüber, die sich intensiv auf eine Sache spezialisieren. David Epstein hat meine Meinung mit seinem Buch geändert. Ich kann dieses Buch nur jedem empfehlen, der sich die Frage stellt, was er aus seinem Leben machen soll.

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  • Jonas L.
  • 18/03/2020

Unscientific

This is only a series of anecdotes, not to be confused with science! To add to that fallacy, the stories could have been told in half the time by dropping the unnecessary information and repetitions.

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  • constantin büker
  • 05/12/2019

welcome to the wicked world

David Epstein shows in an interesting way how the world and its requirements for us as humans have changed (becoming more complex) and what this means for us, given one wants to be successful and inventive in the future. He has a lot of reference points from biographies and scientific research which also gives good follow-up points. clear recommendation for all parents send those who firmly belief that specialization is the only true key to success

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 27/07/2019

Loved it.

Very insightfull all the while being highly entertaining. The stories alone make for a good audio book!

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  • Philipp
  • 21/08/2019

Good book countering common perceived wisdom

Good book giving numerous examples of why over-specialisation is not always helpful - especially at an early age. Great narrator: coincidentally I bought 2 books read by the same person within a few weeks: great reader for audio books.

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  • Klangi
  • 07/10/2020

Inspiring

Have you ever thought to fall behind? Maybe you don't. Maybe you are far ahead. This books explains why. It is full of stories and examples. Studies and evidence is rather used as arguments, not as starting points for a discussion. For instance, how much specialisation do one need? What other factors play which role? This book is an inspiration, do not specialise too early, and a very good one.

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  • Nikhil
  • 09/09/2020

What is this Chapter about?

Great narration but most chapters are long drawn stories with not much substance. Many times during the chapter I kept wondering what was the point of th current story I was listening to? There is no introduction at start of a chapter nor a neat conclusion with any takeaways. I personally liked the second chapter about remote villages and their lack of basic understanding of shapes but rest of the book felt to be going no where.

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  • Yuriy Kulikov
  • 28/08/2020

Insightful, eye-opening, fun and very useful

I have read it twice. Range explores how the human mind works to integrate knowledge. We know that innovation and creativity often comes from interdisciplinary research. This book sheds some light on how it happens. People who started late should read this book at least to learn to appreciate their experience.

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  • Johannes
  • 18/08/2020

Oberfläche Zusammenfassung von anderen Werken.

Wiederholt sich andauernd, referenziert ständig auf die selben 3 anderen Autoren. (Recherche ist ja gut und wichtig, das hier ist aber lediglich eine mittelmäßige Zusammenfassung)

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  • D Jackson
  • 03/07/2020

Fanatastic stories from a vast spectrum

Amazing revealing reports that really make you shake your head and drop your jaw. Very encouraging for generalists who have jumped around all sorts of jobs and tasks... this should be mandatory reading for all teenagers under pressure to orientate themselves... (and for pushy parents!).