My ‘Range’ Is My Forte

Recently, I read the book ‘Range: Why Generalist Triumph in a Specialized World’ by David Epstein. I connected very well with this book and in my early reset, I’m still seeking to expand my knowledge. I want to learn about a variety of different topics, not diving too far into many of them. In my 8.5 years in industry and 2 years of internships, I held 7 different positions. I love having new people at the table when performing continuous improvement projects.

One of the things in industry that drove me crazy was the “This is how we’ve always done it” notion. Change is where the future lies. Having someone with a new perspective bring up ideas or analogies on how things work within another area is how we make major innovations.

I am glad I have the vast background that allows me to question what has always been done, to look at things that someone living through the situation can’t necessarily see because of their background.

Writing a blog post about a book is kind of funny to me because I was the typical person who liked math and science more than reading and writing. English class was one of my least favorite classes and when I passed my IB English exam, one of the first things I said was “YAY! I don’t have to take English in college!” But this range of interests has allowed me to venture down a path which allows me to enjoy this process and even lead a book club.

I am excited to continue to grow my vast base of knowledge and explore what it is I want to do in this life. Not having a job allows me to explore the topics I want to learn about. I am excited to one day experience what my future holds. This time and ability to explore allows our unique perspective to get out into the world. It isn’t just writers and creative people who get to share their stories and create content — we all have this amazing ability to showcase our talents and determine what it is that we want to be when we grow up.

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