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No. 714 / Be a specialist

or be a generalist. The world needs both.

If you’re a specialist, learn your trade and get really good at it. Study the greats in your field and understand the intricacies of the work in order to master your craft. Specialists are in high demand these days as the world gets smaller. So if you do specialize, remember, there is no niche too small. Even if you decide you’re going to sell pencils, there is room at the top for you if you do it right.

If you’re a generalist, it’s a similar story, isn’t it? Study the greats that came before you, be an avid learner, and develop a set of skills that will make you irreplaceable. Generalists are in high demand these days, but only if you decide to specialize in being a generalist.