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What Separates a Generalist and a Dabbler?

Kind of a speculative entry today, I don't have a complete answer. I've been trying to crack this nut for a while -

What's the difference between a generalist and a dabbler?

Rather, what separates a generalist from a dabbler?

They're very similar. Both dive into a wide variety of things and affairs. Both pick up new skills regularly, sometimes at the expense of the highest level of mastery in a specialized field.

But we all know people who dabble in this, do a little of that, and never make any contributions. And then, on the other hand, you've got people like Thomas Jefferson and Leonardo da Vinci, who did excellent work in a variety of fields.

The Life of a Generalist - Harder to measure, no proven track, peak later, less money on average.

Hi Sebastian,

First of all I'd just like to say that your blog is awesome. Your posts always seem to be able to deal with a lot of relevant issues in my life and I always look forward to your next post.

I just wanted to know if you were planning to delve further into the field of being a generalist. I myself am an aspiring generalist. In fact the reason I subscribed to your blog was because of your post "What separates a generalist and a dabbler?". The insight that you gave pertaining to shipping was pure gold; ever since then I've set myself more to doing things and get things things done rather than just thinking about things and planning for it (sometimes planning to make plans).

It would be really great if you could post more personal insights that you may have on being a generalist. Your advice on shipping was spot on and I was wondering that you may just be on the right track when dealing with the generalist field.

Sincerely, D

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