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From Omar’s Desk: Range

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From Omar’s desk - a recommended read for this week is: Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein.

About the author: David Epstein is a journalist, author, and speaker. He is renowned for his expertise in science, sports, and education. Epstein has also written "The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance", which I also recommend. This book examines the science behind athletic performance and the ways in which genetics, environment, and training contribute to success.

Key premise: In "Range", Epstein argues that a broad range of experiences and knowledge can be beneficial and frequently leads to greater success than specialization. The book challenges the notion that early specialization is always the best way to achieve excellence and argues that there are numerous routes to excellence. Additionally, a variety of experiences can lead to a more satisfying life and career, as individuals are able to discover new connections and opportunities.

Why read? This book is well-written, well-researched and thought-provoking. It challenges our definition of success and has broad applicability, including career development and personal growth.

Another recommendation along similar lines? Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary A. Klein.