How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range -- Malcolm Gladwell, author of <i>Outliers</i> Fabulous . . . If you are interested in champions' journeys, this is for you -- Judy Murray on Twitter Its a joy to spend hours in the company of a writer as gifted as David Epstein. And the joy is all the greater when that writer shares so much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education -- Susan Cain, author of <i>Quiet</i> An urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance -- Daniel H. Pink, author of <i>Drive </i>and <i>To Sell is Human</i> A captivating read that will leave you questioning the next steps in your careerand the way you raise your children -- Adam Grant, author of <i>Originals</i> and co-author of <i>Option B</i> Extraordinary * Guardian * A goldmine of surprising insights. Makes you smarter with every page -- James Clear, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Atomic Habits</i> Brilliant, timely, and utterly impossible to put down. If you care about improving skill, innovation, and performance, you need to read this book -- Daniel Coyle, author of <i>The Talent Code</i> I want to give Range to . . . everyone who wants humans to thrive in an age of robots. Range is full of surprises and hope, a 21st century survival guide -- Amanda Ripley, author of <i>The Smartest Kids in the World. </i> The storytelling is so dramatic, the wielding of data so deft and the lessons so strikingly framed [its] a pleasure to read . . . Range offers such a wealth of thought-provoking material * New York Times Books Review * Range elevates Epstein to one of the very best science writers at work today. The scope of the bookand the implicationsare breathtaking -- Sebastian Junger, filmmaker and author of <i>The Perfect Storm</i> One of the most thought-provoking and enlightening books Ive read -- Maria Konnikova, poker player and author of <i>The Confidence Game</i> A fresh, brisk look at creativity, learning, and the meaning of achievement * Kirkus Reviews * An assiduously researched and accessible argument for being a jack of all trades -- <i>O Magazine</i>, Best Nonfiction Books Coming in 2019 Range is a convincing, engaging survey of research and anecdotes that confirm a thoughtful, collaborative world is also a better and more innovative one -- NPR.org As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated . . . a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts * Wall Street Journal * A clear and unfussy writer . . . this book is likely to resonate strongly with most teachers -- tes.com Anyone contemplating a change of career late in life will find Range immensely reassuring. If you calculate that you don't have 10,000 hours left in which you can reasonably practice, you can use your range to connect ideas and use your varied experience. * Daniel Finkelstein, The Times * Masterful. Perfect holiday reading -- Dr Adam Rutherford I think his ideas even help explain some of Microsofts success, because we hired people who had real breadth within their field and across domains. If youre a generalist who has ever felt overshadowed by your specialist colleagues, this book is for you. -- <b>Bill Gates</b>
David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Sports Gene and Range. He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Introduction - i: Roger vs. Tiger Chapter - 1: The Cult of the Head Start Chapter - 2: How the Wicked World Was Made Chapter - 3: When Less of the Same Is More Chapter - 4: Learning, Fast and Slow Chapter - 5: Thinking Outside Experience Chapter - 6: Finding Your Match Chapter - 7: Flirting with Your Possible Selves Chapter - 8: The Outsider Advantage Chapter - 9: Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology Chapter - 10: Fooled by Experience Chapter - 11: Learning to Drop Your Familiar Tools Chapter - 12: Deliberate Amateurs Section - ii: Conclusion: Expanding Your Range Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements Section - iv: Notes Index - v: Index