David Epstein

As a management consulting professional who was feeling as though I had not developed any 'real' skills the last couple of years, I found this book to be uplifting and relatable. David Epstein makes some interesting points about how hyper-specialization early on in one's life or career does not necessarily mean that person will have an advantage or later success. Epstein argues that in today's world, having more diverse experiences is more beneficial than early specialization as innovation comes from outside thinking. Solutions to modern-day problems require bringing together knowledge from multiple fields, experiences, and perspectives.

It did seem as though this book was written those who really wanted to hear that generalists will eventually become successful. While Epstein recounts several stories and examples to support his point, most of these were about people who are at the top of their fields. I wonder how applicable the points made in this book are to the average person. While I agree with Epstein's point that generalists with a range of experiences can bring fresh thinking to help solve problems and innovate, I do think that specialization and expertise is also necessary to advance different industries. I'd give it a 7/10 stars. It is a fairly encouraging read for people who feel like they have had a meandering career path.