Should you Specialize or Be a Generalist?
In the vast sea of the internet, this video popped up to answer a timely reoccurring question that has resurfaced again while I’m redesigning my life and specifically my career going forward.
While it’s a 6-minute short video that I would recommend watching the essence summarized by a commenter ‘short tutorials’ with the following:
being a specialist makes sense only if you’re extremely good at what you do. If you’re not, it’s better to be a “specialized generalist” , which means that you should combine several valuable skills, but not too many. The more rare the combination, the more successful you can be. Tim suggests three easy add-ons to whatever you do: public speaking, writing, and negotiating.
Another tip from Tim: win, even if you lose. Use the skills you learned and the relationships you built during the launch of a relatively “failed” product to be more productive in the future. Projects come and go, but skills and relationships with good people stay with you.
If you’re like me pondering this question, then you’ll know that a quite undistracted self-reflection setdown will revel and an array of things you’re already good at, to mix-match and start creating your own hybrid niche.