Becoming a Generalist

Colin Wright
Author, speaker. Podcast host: Let's Know Things, Brain Lenses, One Sentence News, I Will Read To You

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Though generalism is sometimes derided as being the pursuit of broad, superficial knowledge, it's often a means of cultivating multiple passions, building flexible competencies, and exposing oneself to endless realms of inquiry rather than relegating oneself to a single path. Generalism—as an approach to learning and to life—can help us think more malleably, imagine more bravely, and construct a more expansive and adaptable sense of ourselves, the world, and reality.


Colin Wright has published a few dozen books, regularly speaks to crowds of fifteen and communities of five-thousand on a variety of topics, hosts the Let's Know Things and Brain Lenses podcasts, and writes the One Sentence News and Aspiring Generalist newsletters.


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  • Topics covered: productivity, psychology, mindset, better living, personal development
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I've always respected older folks who've managed to maintain their curiosity and interest and excitement and awe even late into life; recalibrating our expectations might play a role in such longevity.

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I love learning that there's a term for something I've noticed but haven't previously been able to concisely express to others.

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A useful piece on societal expectations and how they can lead us to adopt metrics of success that aren't our own.

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A self-aware piece by a record-setting Jeopardy winner about what it means to be "smart" and how to become so.

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I find the concept of seasonality—in one's life, one's behaviors, etc—to be useful, as it implies we can be different things at different times, and that's okay.

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The story of a child prodigy who went on to release a new album of music at age 97.

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Like work, hobbies, and relationships, our routines and rituals shape who we are; and despite our understandable desire for the "perfect" routine, there's likely no ideal approach to organizing our days.

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Work- and meaning-related wisdom from Bill Watterson (the cartoonist behind Calvin and Hobbes) illustrated in his style.

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I love data that helps illuminate how we create and innovate and collaborate, and this piece on "adjacent wisdom" checks all those boxes.

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Whether you're a lifelong multipotentialite, a budding omni-specialist, or just a really curious person who likes learning all sorts of things about all sorts of things, I hope you've found some value in these articles.


If you're keen to learn more, consider subscribing to my newsletter and/or Aspiring Generalist: two places I regularly write and curate content related to this jumble of topics.


Please also feel free to reach out and ask a question/say hello at colin@exilelifestyle.com: I'd love to hear from you :)

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