Versatility is valuable. Narrow specialisation suppresses creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.
A deep generalist is someone who generalises but does it deeply, with a balance of knowledge depth and knowledge breadth. They adapt well and turn change into opportunities.
Many great thinkers are generalising specialists. Most of humankind's significant breakthroughs come from multi-faceted individuals. Famous deep generalists include Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Marie Curie.
"Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses - especially learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else." — Leonardo Da Vinci
Is there a middle ground between generalists and specialists? Every day, we have to decide where to invest our time — do we become better at what we do or learn something new?s1