The #1 New York Times bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on CNN, Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.
Shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
“I love this idea [RANGE], because I think of myself as a jack of all trades.” — Fareed Zakaria, CNN
“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —Forbes
“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink
“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
Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.
David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.
Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Is it better to be great at one thing, or pretty good at lots of things? Where investigative reporter David Epstein lands on that question may surprise fans of the “10,000 hours” theory of genius that Malcolm Gladwell popularized in Outliers. Epstein details examples from sports, science, and the arts to argue that people who embrace a wide-ranging approach to learning have an edge over specialists. Being able to make unexpected connections leads to creative problem-solving and being a generalist also gives us more opportunity to fail and learn from those failures. Veteran audiobook narrator Will Damron delivers Epstein’s well-researched case studies with entertaining ease. After listening to these counter-intuitive ideas about success, we’re ready to experience as much as we can—no matter where that journey might take us.
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This was the best book I’ve read this year. So relevant and interesting. I actually bought the hard copy so I could reread certain excerpts. The audiobook is read by the author, and he does an excellent job. I just bought The Sports Gene as well and can’t wait to get started.
Really took quite a few lessons away from this. Good listen!