Poll: Would you rather
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Specialise
14 56%
Generalise
11 44%
Voters: 25.
#1
Know a little about a lot or know a lot about a little?

I'd rather know a lot about a lot but I have come to accept my fate as an averaging all rounder who will remain a passionate amateur in whatever I'm doing.

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#2
I know a little about a lot and a lot about a few very specific things. I like it this way.
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#4
You can't really get far in any field if you don't specialise, but it is important to keep your options open.

I would specialise, but it's a stupid question because you can have good knowledge in various subjects.

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#5
The "jack of all trades, master of none" route is for the weak, lazy, unsuccesful, etc...

That line of thinking is for unmotivated people with little drive to be the absolute best at what they do, and settle for being good enough. These kinds of people are far less successful in life then the other side, who strive for the brass ring.

I would rather be a master at a certain craft, being the standard which others set out to be. People who think like this earn more money, have more success, are far more outgoing, more social. Your a fool if you think otherwise.
#6
Quote by radiogaga88
The "jack of all trades, master of none" route is for the weak, lazy, unsuccesful, etc... That line of thinking is for unmotivated people with little drive to be the absolute best at what they do, and settle for being good enough. These kinds of people are far less successful in life then the other side, who strive for the brass ring.

I would rather be a master at a certain craft, being the standard which others set out to be. People who think like this earn more money, have more success, are far more outgoing, more social. Your a fool if you think otherwise.

I would debate this. I am very self motivated, mate. And I am successful in what I do.
#8
I don't know shit about shit.

A balance of the two would be ideal. You don't have to be the best in the world in order to be useful. Also, if your area of expertise is too specific, you won't get many opportunities to put it to use.
#9
When I learn about stuff I always want to know as much as possible. It's better to specialise in small things because that way at least you have the full picture. If you know a little about a lot then you will have always missed some important detail and you'll look like an idiot when you talk about it.
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#10
Generalise so I can go on quiz shows and win money
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#12
Quote by radiogaga88
The "jack of all trades, master of none" route is for the weak, lazy, unsuccesful, etc...

That line of thinking is for unmotivated people with little drive to be the absolute best at what they do, and settle for being good enough. These kinds of people are far less successful in life then the other side, who strive for the brass ring.

I would rather be a master at a certain craft, being the standard which others set out to be. People who think like this earn more money, have more success, are far more outgoing, more social. Your a fool if you think otherwise.


Yea I'm sure you'd be real social if you couldn't talk about anything but one thing which nobody gives a shit about.
#14
Quote by Trowzaa
Generalise so I can go on quiz shows and win money


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#15
Quote by mind_meld
I mean like 'expert' level though


I mean I don't think I'm an expert at anything yet because there's so much more to learn about everything but I know a lot more about some stuff than most people who are avidly interested in those things.

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#16
Try to imagine how much stuff there is to learn in the world.
A true "jack of all trades" would be spread too thin. The sheer number of subjects means that their knowledge of each would be very limited.

I like to think of knowledge as a sort of bell curve. The peak is your area of expertise, and the surrounding slopes are tangentially related subjects. Some people have a higher peak, others have a wider spread. Nobody's knowledge is completely specialised or all-encompassing.
#17
I'd rather know a little about a lot, because that means you can still improve yourself in all different kind of stuff instead of already knowing everything about a specific thing, without having any knowledge about something else.
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#19
I have never been able to stick to a very small defined area. I have always tried to broaden my horizon as much as possible. I then believed that I had to specialize to make it in the world, so I did. I then got bored with that and decided to broaden my field again. Currently the EU pays for my interdisciplinary research mainly because I have such a broad basis that I can combine knowledge from multiple fields. People who say you have to specialize don't realize how complex the world actually is. You don't make it when you can only look through glasses that see the world in one way.
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#20
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Yea I'm sure you'd be real social if you couldn't talk about anything but one thing which nobody gives a shit about.


I'm sure that you would be real successful if you were only good at one thing that nobody gives a shit about either, especially when the robots take your job and you have no other skills to fall back on.
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#21
I would say I have a base amount of knowledge in a lots of different areas but most things which require any serious amount of research and dedication I fail miserably at.
#22
Quote by Neo Evil11
I have never been able to stick to a very small defined area. I have always tried to broaden my horizon as much as possible. I then believed that I had to specialize to make it in the world, so I did. I then got bored with that and decided to broaden my field again. Currently the EU pays for my interdisciplinary research mainly because I have such a broad basis that I can combine knowledge from multiple fields. People who say you have to specialize don't realize how complex the world actually is. You don't make it when you can only look through glasses that see the world in one way.


This is true, you have to generalise to an extent in order to specialise.

Whilst my research was focused in a very small specific sector, I did have to go away and read and research a lot of different topics from different areas of chemistry. I had to look at biology stuff like enzymes, look into computational chemistry type stuff, look into and look at organic synthesis even though my project was about a very specific field of inorganic stuff.

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#25
I don't care about what I know, I just wish I wasn't a fumbling incompetent.
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#26
ALL I KNOW IS THAT I DON'T KNOW

ALL I KNOW IS THAT I DON'T KNOW NOTHIN'

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