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Polymaths, Specialists and Their Advantages

Let’s discuss polymaths: namely, the lifelong battle between Generalists and Specialists.

It’s kind of difficult to explain what a polymath is without seeing just how capable a polymath could be in the modern world. But, we’re going to try it anyway.

On one hand, a specialist is easier to determine: When in their element, specialists thrive on their deep understanding of a certain field. If you are in need of an expert, look no further than a specialist in that field.

In contrast, a polymath is known as an expert-generalist: A jack of all trades, a master of none. As one, I can dive into a field of my interest, read up about it, hold a proper justified opinion on said field, and create value from there.

Note that it becomes harder for me to create greater specific value than say, a specialist, aka. someone with decades of experience down the line.

But, having the tendencies of a polymath compared to others holds a few advantages that no other can provide.

For example:

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