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Thread: Specialist or Generalist? Convince me!

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    Senior Member Array Ilah's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightning View Post
    I personally think it's a predisposition and an interest thing. If we have unlimited time and resources, we naturally like to learn everything about all the subjects that holds our interest. Since we don't have unlimited time, we have to choose either in depth knowledge on selected subjects, or learn a bit of everything. Clearly this choice is personality dependent.

    Of course there's the case of people who have very few interests (like my ISTJ father) for which specializing is the only option. Or alternatively those who have lots of spare time on their hands and money isn't an issue such that they can learn everything...
    Given my preference, I would be an expert in everything, but I know this is not possible. I think I am predisposed toward generalism. There is so much out there that interest me, and being a specialist would mean so much interesting stuff I could not explore.

    More recently, I have been trying to a hybrid approach. The idea is to pick one or two things to focus on and develope some advanced skill in while still allowing myself some free time to learn and explore whatever catches my interest. The problem is that I keep switching what I want for my main focus.

    Another thing I have been trying is to at least study areas where there is some overlap or connection. For example, digital art, photography and color theory can all complement each other. On the other hand, digital art, sewing and baking do not.


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    ish red no longer *sad* Array nightning's Avatar
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    Just to let everybody know... I've taken some of your ideas and incorporated them into my blog post. If you have problems with that, let me know.

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