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16 39%
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25 61%
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#1
Would you be happier specializing in a very particular field, or would you rather have a diverse range of life experiences?

Since our education system generally rewards people who specialize in a certain subject, from that perspective it's a no-brainer, which I feel is a serious flaw in our education system. But let's ignore that fact and assume that hypothetically both are equally valued when it comes to getting a job (in certain jobs, that can actually be the very case).

What would the pit prefer to do?

Protip: There is no right or wrong answer, it's just a matter of what makes you happier.

Personally, I think I would be happier if I was a well-rounded individual. Life just seems more enjoyable that way. I feel that I would gain a lot of wisdom and personal integrity that I could use to help other people.
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#4
I heard a quote once, and I can't remember who said it or even recall it verbatim, but the person basically stated that humans are meant to be what you defined as "well-rounded", and that specialization should be left to the insects.

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"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." Robert Heinlein


I don't even really know what that man's life did for the world, but I tend to follow the same path of thought.
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#5
I don't see how these are mutually exclusive. It would be best to be a well-rounded individual who specializes in that which he/she is passionate about, no?

They say a jack of all trades is a master of none, but you don't want to be a savant either.
#6
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I don't see how these are mutually exclusive. It would be best to be a well-rounded individual who specializes in that which he/she is passionate about, no?
It depends on how much one feels they want to cover on one subject/lifestyle/career/etc. before moving on to something else. But you're limited by a time constraint no matter what you choose to do.
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#7
I read the book Mindhacker that had ideas on how to focus on hobbies and get better at them quicker. Briefly, they said that you should pick 3 interests. Spend 75% of your time on one, 20% on the other, and 5% as a passing interest for the other. Doing that would get you leaps better at each than you would unstructured and with other fleeting interests.

I did that for a few months and found I had really good results. I think I'd rather specialize in a couple things rather than be well rounded. Makes you more interesting, honestly.
#8
Specialised, but so long as you're curious you'll end up with well-rounded knowledge anyway.
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Specialised, but so long as you're curious you'll end up with well-rounded knowledge anyway.



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#10
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Specialised, but so long as you're curious you'll end up with well-rounded knowledge anyway.

My thoughts were similar to yours, but reversed lol.

Learn a lot, and through the natural course of life you'll be more specialized in some things.
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#11
Specialized.

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#12
well rounded in the sense of possessing general knowledge, skills etc
which means you should be able to cook, do math, be fit etc.

but specialize in one or two things like professional sports or being a musician
being a polymath or sth is just too hard if not impossible these days
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#13
What's been said above. You can specialize and still be pretty knowledgeable in other fields.
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#14
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My thoughts were similar to yours, but reversed lol.

Learn a lot, and through the natural course of life you'll be more specialized in some things.


Well we're just talking about slightly different things. Mine was the end goal, yours is the method; before you can specialise you need to expose yourself to as much as possible so you can know that you're focusing your time on the right thing.
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Well we're just talking about slightly different things. Mine was the end goal, yours is the method; before you can specialise you need to expose yourself to as much as possible so you can know that you're focusing your time on the right thing.

I found that through the course of my life, I was raised with the opposite mindset. I specialized in one field and then I broadened my horizons based on what I knew from specializing.

I personally don't agree with that philosophy, but it was what I had to make do with.
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I know it's unrealistic to think like that, but I completely agree.
#17
I prefer to be specialized in something complex. By speccing in something complex you have many other minor skills you have to learn in order to preform the task better. By speccing in something with many variables, you will inherently be well rounded in some regards.

I would rather be great at something, then ok at many things.
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#18
Specialized

There are a lot of activities to do on the side when you have time. Build a robot that plays the guitar. Throw a party if it's warmer out. Climb mountains. Learn how to surf or weave baskets. Collect stuff and place it in the baskets. Pick one!
#19
I'm with RAH's character Lazarus Long on this one...

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
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#21
Is being well-rounded not a specialization in itself?

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What if you specialize in statistics which has applications in many fields?


That doesn't really mean you're well rounded. I mean knowing lots about statistics isn't going to help you discuss the effects of the French revolution, or the artistic merit of Keats, or good curry recipes, etc.
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#25
There are several things I would like to be good at, but realistically, there isn't enough time to master all of them.

I saw a comic the other day that said something like "Under ideal conditions, you can become anything you want. But can you become everything you want?"