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Do you ever feel like a square peg being forced into a round hole? It could be that you're a polymath, a person too complex to fit neatly into any one of the traditional holes that society offers.
Do you have intense interest or significant proficiency in areas that are usually considered unrelated? Do you struggle with finding something to focus on, because you think you're supposed to pick just one thing? Do you think specialization is for insects? If so, you might be a polymath (also known as a scanner, generalist, jack of all trades, or Renaissance man).
Just like snowflakes, no two polymaths are alike. The book Refuse to Choose identifies nine broad categories these people may fall under:
- The Double Agent
- The Sybil
- The Plate Spinner
- The Serial Specialist
- The Serial Master
- The Jack-of-All-Trades
- The Wanderer
- The Sampler
- The High-Speed Indecisive
Considering the countless variations within each type, you can see why polymaths are as unique as fingerprints. But what we all have in common is an insatiable curiosity and thirst for everything life has to offer.
Join us here at Personal Development for Polymaths (featured in Randy Pausch's book The Last Lecture), in our search for an answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.
You are too complex to categorize, and that makes you wonderful. Being a polymath is a gift, but one that has to be nurtured. Only by embracing your true self can you achieve success, happiness, bliss, inner peace, nirvana, enlightenment...whatever you want to call it.
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