• We discuss why becoming a generalist is more effective than becoming a specialist.

  • It has been demonstrated that generalists are more adaptable in the ever changing world.

  • Generalists have had a great impact on improving and solving some of the world challenges.

Why become a generalist and not a specialist?



Often we encourage youth to focus on a single field of study and to pursue a single career path.

We inform them that to succeed they should not generalize, but specialize.

Our current society tends to encourage specialization.

Although we enjoy variety, many specialized jobs lack variety.

The “‘job for life’” hardly exists today.

It is forecast that a high percentage of jobs will become automated in the coming decades.



  • A high percentage of employees are unhappy in their jobs.

  • Many suffer from the monotony of their occupations.

  • Many employees are under stimulated or disengaged by the work they do.

  • Specialization stifles people’s development and self-fulfillment.

  • They feel unfulfilled, frustrated and bored when they are not challenged.

  • The lack of variety at work affects their physical health and mental health.

  • The unfulfilled desire for variety, change and challenge causes unhappiness and disillusionment.

  • Specialization makes them less able to survive changing and volatile work circumstances.

  • Specialization limits their career opportunities.



The ability to cultivate a range of skills will be essential for workers in the future.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are changing the workplace.

Humans will remain in jobs requiring broader, more interconnected thinking.

Humans incline to search for knowledge.

It will be necessary to switch more often between careers and jobs.

We’re born with a boundless curiosity about the world and a desire to explore.

We realize our full human potential when pursuing many interests, talents and self-expression.

Generalists have made the biggest contributions to society. Generalization leads to a richer and more optimal life.

Why limit yourself to a specific occupation when you can pursue more than one and even combine them?



  • Those with a wider range of skills and talents survive in today’s volatile working world.

  • Possessing a variety of skills enables workers to switch between careers and jobs.

  • The ability to use a variety of approaches enables us to better deal with today’s major challenges.

  • Those whose work is difficult to define and need a variety of skills, are more likely to survive the age of AI.

  • Intelligence improves when interests and activities are diversified.

  • The ability to adapt is essential as change is the only constant.

  • Being exposed to new things refreshes the brain’s circuitry.

  • Indulging in a capacity to change leads to have more original insights and ideas.

  • Exposure to diverse experiences and pursuits allows creativity development.

  • Blending ideas from different fields results in creative breakthroughs.

  • The broad interests of generalists often result in original and groundbreaking contributions.

  • By engaging in interesting activities, happiness increases.

  • Generalization leads to more job security.



  • Encourage them to pursue many varied interests.

  • Enable them to contribute to their community and society.

  • Inspire them to cultivate traits of individuality, curiosity and intelligence.

  • Assist them to follow their unique inspirations to uncover their true self-worth.

  • Suggest they devote time to learn about a subject that is of possible interest.

  • Encourage youth to nurture their potential to think, learn and work in many fields.

  • Discuss the differences, benefits and challenges of specialization and generalization.

  • Promote embracing and honing the widest possible range of interests, activities and inspirations.

  • Support them to develop the qualities of versatility, creativity and unity.

  • Discuss how embracing change develops versatility.

  • Review how exposing ourselves to new things refreshes our brain circuitry.

  • Encourage them to share their views with each other on topics they find interesting.

  • Through broad-based learning youth can achieve their full creative and intellectual potential.


If you wish to know more, below is a 7 min 13 sec video of Waqas Ahmed talking about multi-discplinary thinking.

Waqas is considered an authority on multi-disciplinary thinking.

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The guide enables a person to be proactive in the success of a child’s future.

It contains activities to assist youth to gain critical soft skills.

They will become more resourceful and independent when they practice and gain these skills.

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Fred Jones

Victoria, BC Canada

Fred Jones

Fred Jones

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