"Master of many trades"

We hear the de­scrip­tive words psy­chopath and so­ciopath all the time, but here’s a new one: monopath. It means a per­son with a nar­row mind, a one-track brain, a bore, a su­per-spe­cial­ist, an ex­pert with no other in­ter­ests — in other words, the role-model of choice in the Western world. Great text about things I’ve writ­ten or linked to be­fore: how be­ing wide in your in­ter­ests and learn­ing re­ally is a great way of liv­ing. Personally, I am able to con­nect things that I pre­vi­ously thought were sep­a­rate, build­ing bridges be­tween ar­eas, and see­ing things in a larger per­spec­tive, giv­ing me a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the sub­ject and thus a unique sat­is­fac­tion with what I am cur­rently do­ing.

People of­ten say you have to put in 10 000 hours in a sub­ject in or­der to ul­ti­mately mas­ter it. Is it worth it? Perhaps. If your fire burns for a sin­gle track, go for it. I pre­fer to stim­u­late my mind with im­pres­sions from a larger set of ar­eas.

Further read­ing