The Generalised Specialist →

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On the Farnam Street blog:

While it’s not very glamorous to take career advice from a raccoon or a panda, we can learn something from them about the dilemmas we face. Do we want to be like a raccoon, able to survive anywhere, although never maximizing our potential in a single area? Or like a panda, unstoppable in the right context, but struggling in an inappropriate one?

A well researched and thoughtful piece about the generalist v specialist dilemma. Confession: I’m still yet to find a reasonable answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” However, I worry about it less and less. I figure that not knowing is a part of the voyage of intellectual and emotional discovery.