Who is more apt to succeed: generalists or specialists?
The concept of hyper-focusing on one discipline from an early age and riding it to greatness in that field — think Tiger Woods — is a widely accepted truism.
Author and reporter David Epstein offers a countering view to that belief system in his best-selling book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.” His book, featured by Bill Gates in his annual recommended reading list, is the subject of the next Business Observer Open Book event, the sixth in our ongoing book club series. The virtual free event is scheduled for June 2, 4 to 5 p.m.
The host of this Open Book session is Tampa attorney Sheryl Hunter. Hunter is the president of Hunter Business Law, The Entrepreneur’s Law firm. Hunter has represented hundreds of growth-focused entrepreneurs and their business enterprises, from startup to exit, over the past two decades. Her firm is designed specifically to serve as outsourced general counsel to entrepreneurial clients, as well as investors in early-stage companies.
An avid reader, Hunter says she found Range to “be provocative as a professional, a parent and an employer.”
The book’s thesis is that a range of learning and a breadth of experience prepares someone better for successes than a specific quest. Epstein, in analyzing successful athletes, artists, musicians, investors and more, concludes that in most of the those fields, and others that can be complex and unpredictable, generalists are primed to succeed over specialists.
There’s more: generalists, writes Epstein, find their path late and are able to juggle interests. They also have the capacity to be more creative and agile.
Want to hear more about Range, in a conversation led by Hunter? Join us for Open Book, June 2, 4 p.m., in the free virtual event. Register at BusinessObserverFL.com/Open-Book-Club.