While there are many ways to thrive in many sectors of today’s modern economy, there’s no arguing that it’s getting harder and harder to identify and capitalize on these opportunities.

Robots and AI are eliminating jobs, globalization and the democratization of high-quality education is expanding the talent pool, and customers are becoming more selective, sophisticated, and stipulating.

To overcome these obstacles, we’re often told to specialize—to focus all of our energies, efforts, and resources on becoming really good at one thing to the exclusion of all else.

This isn’t entirely wrongheaded, but for most people, it isn’t likely to lead to long-term success and fulfillment but disappointment, burnout, and failure, instead.

This extends beyond merely moneymaking too, and applies to just about every endeavor you could want to undertake. The reign of the hyperspecialist is coming to an end and the rise of the skilled generalist is at hand.

What does that mean, exactly?

Well, as the author of the book How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything, Pat Flynn, shares in this episode, generalism refers to acquiring a variety of know-hows and abilities, and he argues this is a smarter and more practical approach to winning in today’s world.

Generalism, Pat explains, is one of the keys to making more money, getting in better shape, and becoming more successful, effective, and happy in every aspect of your life, and his personal approach to generalism starts with developing skills that’ll serve you well no matter where the red thread of fate takes you—meta-skills as Pat refers to them.

All that and more in today’s episode.



Time Stamps:

6:12 – What do you mean by generalism?

11:52 – How does generalism make us more money than specifism?

29:58 – What are some examples of metaskills and force multiplier skills?

32:33 – What are some of the myths and mistakes of logic and reason?

39:51 – What are more examples of metaskills and force multiplier skills?

46:36 – What are your tips to improve focus?

50:51 – What is the name of your book and where can people find you and your work?

Mentioned on The Show:

How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

Pat’s Website

Pat’s Podcast


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