Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. 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 What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. Plenty of experts argue that...

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Title:Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Author:David Epstein
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0735214484
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Reviews

  • Kelly
    Sep 26, 2019
    Growing up, whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to do with my life, I'd say either something super sarcastic or "nothing." Because the fact we expect people to know what they want to do for their lives before they're 18, 21, 25? Is bananas. You don't know who you are or what you lik...
  • Mike Arvela
    Jul 15, 2019
    Loved this, with its numerous examples of how people have risen to shine in ways conventionally not considered possible. My only worry is that the reason I like it so much is because it validates what I already thought about how learning never is for nothing. In any case, recommend it ...
  • Mehrsa
    May 31, 2019
    This book is a useful mythbuster--grit, 10,000 hours, deliberate practice, tiger moms--this book says forget all of that (*sort of). Try lots of things, read broadly, and fail lots of times. I agree with this formula for success. Specialization is boring. *I think there is somethin...
  • Ryan
    Jul 26, 2019
    After encountering the 10000 hours theory (Gladwell), the grit theory (Duckworth), and the Tiger Mom theory (Chua), it seemed obvious to many that we should specialize as much as possible and as early as possible. Because Tiger Woods was unusually athletic as an infant and his father h...
  • Catriona
    Jun 19, 2019
    Experience is never wasted I found this riveting in all the best ways non-fiction can be: extremely readable, endlessly fascinating, thought provoking, leaves a lasting impression and you see the world a little differently on the other side of it - things once in darkness are illum...
  • Anmiryam
    Apr 12, 2019
    Everyone--butcher, baker, candlestick maker; teacher, student, scientist, business analyst; parent, job hunter, retiree--will get something motivating and useful from this book. No matter where you are in life, you will see the world a bit differently after you read this energetic and ...
  • Katy
    May 02, 2019
    I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways ...
  • Pete
    Jun 15, 2019
    Range : Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (2019) by David Epstein is an interesting book about the value of not being overly specialised and focused on one thing. The book starts by pointing out how Tiger Woods took up golf at an early age and how this example is picked...
  • Keyton
    Sep 11, 2019
    My main takeaway is to celebrate the varied, winding roads that we take through life. Don't be uncomfortable with detours and dead ends: the best have the same. Pit stops are allowed, and we're better off for enjoying them and learning whatever we can while we're there. Taking a straig...
  • Siddhartha Kumar
    Sep 04, 2019
    Find this review - and some more - on my website here. --------------------------------------------- Started with a tightly-knit structure, but faltered at the end. The last few chapters were a slog to get through - mostly because of numerous "business-class" style case studies. ...
  • Bjoern Rochel
    Jun 21, 2019
    A good read in the style of "Team of Teams" or "Barking up the wrong tree". Debunks the general applicability of the 10000h rule and deliberate practice for knowledge work (e.g. the wicked world) and shows with a lot of case studies that often top performers are the result of a lar...
  • Sugavanesh Balasubramanian
    Aug 26, 2019
    "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 reads the backcover of the book. It started 5 years ago really, picking up Blink...
  • Katie
    Jul 07, 2019
    ?Compare yourself to yourself yesterday, not to younger people who aren?t you.? An incredibly slow read for me but I enjoyed it a lot and felt like I was on information overload after finishing each chapter. Who knew that so many case studies and anecdotes could support having...
  • Erik Germani
    Jun 21, 2019
    Like a Gladwell book, Range has a bunch of scientific anecdotes that would do well at a cocktail party. Which is perfect, because the warmly parental thesis statement is one that anyone will drink to. To wit: "don't worry if you aren't hyperspecialized, there's value in being a general...
  • Paul
    Aug 22, 2019
    Range by David Epstein promotes the idea of learning and experiencing broad experiences and education over the idea of narrow focus. Epstein bases this hypothesis on the fact that most of today's jobs and skills have patterns that are hard to discern and where feedback is difficult to ...
  • Annie
    Aug 02, 2019
    I give this book 3.5 stars. 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 (lik...
  • Randall Wallace
    Jul 02, 2019
    I?ve staked my entire adult life on following the generalist?s path instead of the specialist?s, so I hoped this book would answer my basic questions: What about the role Neuroplasticity plays with keeping the following people analytically extra-sharp: The Polymath, the Multi-Ins...
  • Michael Perkins
    May 28, 2019
    The story of the new U.S. Open golf winner illustrates part of the thesis of this book. A range of experience is sometimes better than over-specialization. In the book, Roger Federer is another example. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/sp... ======================= This pass...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 18, 2019
    Covers the idea of having a wide range of knowledge outside one's specialty helps people succeed. Often new ideas come from thinking analogically about things unrelated to what one is looking at. Has lots of case studies that make the argument that having a wide range of experiences ca...
  • Shobhit
    Jul 18, 2019
    This book resonated with me perfectly. In my profession (Software Development), there is an increasing demand for specialization. There are back end engineers, front end engineers, devops, data engineers, data scientists blah blah blah. I never felt comfortable with a label. The entire...
  • Kimberly Dawn
    Aug 14, 2019
    This book absolutely fascinates while teaching new, novel ideas for learning. The ideas promoted here are totally contradictory to what we were taught in the past about learning. The new ways of thinking apply not only to the classrooms of today, but to sports, music training, ...
  • Josh
    Jul 01, 2019
    One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein is, ?In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.? Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein is about the latter half of that quote. Range introduces the concept of wick...
  • Angela
    Aug 25, 2019
    3.5 stars rounding up. Here we are in today's society, constantly being hammered that if you want to get really, really, ridiculously good at a thing, you must do said thing over and over - live, breathe, and sleep said thing - until you can perfect said thing and thus live your bes...
  • Lou
    Jun 26, 2019
    Some non-fiction can be boring and even useless, but this is a work of non-fiction that everyone should read; I certainly got a lot out of it and feel many others will too. Offering a wide-ranging wealth of information and research Epstein shares data, as well as his opinion, on how to...
  • Kim Elder
    Jun 24, 2019
    In our increasingly complex world one is pushed to specialize early in regard to study and career and to follow the 10,000 rule when playing a sport, or learning a skill, such as playing an instrument. Epstein argues rather for broad interests and skills and late starts in specializati...
  • Amine
    Jul 17, 2019
    A very refreshing book on the limits of hyperspecialization. ...
  • A.G. Stranger
    Aug 08, 2019
    Here's something to remember from this book: "If you want it to stick, learning should be slow and hard, not quick and easy. The professors who received positive feedback had a net negative effect on their students in the long run. In contrast, those professors who received worse fee...
  • Andrew Norton
    Sep 16, 2019
    Specialisation is a key feature of the modern era. Nobody can perform all the tasks needed to support a complex society and economy. Few people are competent in more than a tiny percentage of them. Most develop narrow clusters of skills and knowledge, in which they became relatively co...
  • Kobe Bryant
    Sep 05, 2019
    This book looks at how an emphasis on specialization can actually hamper our ability to really excel at something. It aligns with what I try to do when I am coaching, in my stories, and what we?re doing with Mamba Sports Academy?create all-around athletes who can think critically a...
  • Mark
    May 13, 2019
    Disclosure: I won this pre-release copy in a drawing from the publisher. The book wasn't badly written, but for me it was something of a slog. I've enjoyed similar books in this genre more, the sort of pop-psychology-self-help mashup including books like "Willpower" (Baumeister/Tier...