2018/11/07: Despite their obvious differences, the men shared one thing in common: They were polymaths who disrupted the status quo during their respective time periods. Their names? Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Benjamin Franklin.
The world’s most intriguing individuals have always been “deep generalists.”
Continued success of today’s organizations, companies, and communities depends on polymaths who think outside the box.
The most innovative developments of the future — in business, science and the arts — will come from creative generalists who blend unique disciplines with technological skill sets.
Despite the world’s immense need for polymaths, these individuals seem to be quite rare.
That’s because society promotes specialization over generalization, based on a long-standing assumption: The more deeply you specialize, the more easily you can find employment.
Ironically, the majority of mankind’s biggest breakthroughs haven’t come from specialists; they have come from multifaceted individuals.