David Epstein on Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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  • Self-paced & Interactive
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  • Certificate of Completion
  • Videos
  • Knowledge Checks
  • 55 mins
Course overview
Specialize early. Commit to a single path. That’s what many of us are told we must do to succeed in school, sports, or work. But bestselling author, acclaimed journalist, and renowned TED speaker David Epstein argues that this advice is just plain wrong—and in his book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, he lays out the evidence.

In this course, you’ll learn why Epstein believes generalists have a competitive advantage over those who specialize early. First, you’ll find out why “head starts” are overrated, when switching careers is a smart idea, and how a breadth of skills and experiences uniquely prepares you for an increasingly “wicked world.” You’ll then explore how to broaden your range to boost cognitive flexibility and analogical thinking, allowing you to solve problems across fields. Finally, you’ll discover the benefits of ditching long-term plans or old tools to pick up something new. 

Course ID: ML_PD_026
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Certification included
On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, to showcase the skills gained through this course. 

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