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The Next Big Idea

RANGE: Why Generalists Succeed in a Specialists’ World

47:37 | Oct 15th, 2019

7 recommendations
You know Malcolm Gladwell's “10,000-Hour Rule.” But did you know that, according to David Epstein, it doesn't work? That's what Epstein argues in his new book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Spe...Show More


aliceko recommended:Nov 12th, 2019

LOVED this episode. Listen if you think about becoming a specialist or generalist, or if you are contemplating what sports/extracurricular hobbies to put your kids in, or if you are interested in how masters become good at their craft (like golf stars, tennis stars) and whether Malcolm Gladwell’s 10...Show More

mijustin recommended:Nov 3rd, 2019

I love hearing counterpoints! I’ve been waiting for someone to challenge Gladwell’s 10,000 hours

mm recommended:Oct 23rd, 2019

This was a fascinating episode about specialist and generalists. When are specialists successful vs generalists? It depends on whether it's an wicked/open problem (i.e. starting a business) or a closed problem (i.e. chess, golf). Enjoyed the camaraderie, but also how Gladwell and Epstein debated eac...Show More

mmJan 14th

@lynnw This is the episode where Gladwell's 10k hour rule gets debunked.

cesarm recommended:Oct 16th, 2019

The Next Big Idea Book club/service with curators like Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink has partnered with Wondery for a new podcast. The first episode is all about the book Range by David Epstein. The main thesis of his book is that succesful people benefit from trying a br...Show More