Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with David Epstein

My wishlist in Amazon contains a lot of books. However, when I have to buy a book, I often go with some other book which I would have heard about recently and thus the wishlist remains wishlist. One of such books on my wishlist is Range by David Epstein. It’s been on my wishlist since one year, and somehow I never bought it.

However, I’m definitely going to buy it soon, in next couple of months! The reason for this urgency is the wonderful conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and the author David Epstein which I just came across and thoroughly enjoyed.

Don’t miss this book and this conversation!

This conversation is significant because the germ of this idea also emerged from another conversation between the two which happened a few years ago. The context was as follows:

Malcolm Gladwell famously proposed his “10,000 Hours” theory which suggests that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master any specific skill. That became very popular and has been used ad nauseam to talk about importance of specialization.

David Epstein argued against “10,000 Hours” and the notion of “specialization”, and proposed a counter-view about “generalization”. You can watch that debate here:

This debate led to David’s further research on his “generalization” theory and finally culminated into the book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World


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