Bright Side

A Study Reveals That People Who Are Interested in “Too Many Things” Are More Likely to Be Successful

You may believe that what sets successful people apart are their good ideas and sheer luck. However, research claims successful people thrive in life by combining their skills from various subject areas to come up with unique solutions. This is what makes them a polymath.

Bright Side has summed up the results from this intriguing study on how being a polymath works like a charm in all areas of your work life. Have a look!

Generalists vs polymaths

Generalists are people who have knowledge and understanding in different subject areas. As the Chinese claim, generalists are “equipped with knives all over, yet none are sharp.” Being a generalist is considered a path to mediocrity and ineffectiveness. They just focus on learning and understanding one specific field.

A Study Reveals That People Who Are Interested in “Too Many Things” Are More Likely to Be Successful

On the other hand, polymaths are considered a master in multiple fields. Their work reshapes or advances their field of knowledge as a whole. They work on a number of skills in various fields and then combine them all to come up with exceptional ideas and new fields to explore. Today, multiple interests are more of a benefit, not a weakness. Here are a few benefits of being a polymath.

1. It keeps your career flexible.

In this era of constant change, Artificial Intelligence has made jobs easier. People who have been acing a skill set for years will be replaced by new technology which will render them unemployed. The only way to confront this is to be a polymath and expand your knowledge and skills so that you can apply them all to your core skill. Computers may be good at replacing us but they’ll never be capable of human judgment and intuition.

2. It future-proofs your career.

When a company needs downsizing, the least valuable employee is the first one to go. Just having a degree is not enough today to have a secure job and the success you want. The best way to keep your job safe is by building a strong, broad knowledge base in many fields and embracing the polymathic technique. This flexibility makes you a valued asset in multiple areas in the company.

3. It helps you stand out from the rest and earn more.

When you embrace the polymathic approach, it helps you to stand out from the rest and earn more. It also makes you a strategic thinker and perceive the world in a better way. Hence, you have new fields of interest to explore and invest in to gain a bigger return than ever. No wonder so many great leaders and famous people are polymaths!

4. It gives you job satisfaction.

When you perform a routine job every day, it can drain you so much that it makes you feel purposeless. Polymaths are aware of the fact that there are abundant things to learn and explore everyday and hence, are always satisfied with their work-life. They also feel fulfillment when they have to switch job roles and they never get bored. Being a polymath can literally take you places.

5. It opens new horizons for you.

Polymathic thinking makes you more creative and multitalented. You’re loaded with so many skills and are so knowledgeable that you can integrate it all and come up with unique masterpieces. For instance, for an actor, you may have boxing in your exercise regimen which keeps you fit and raises your odds for starring in an action movie. Or maybe you’re a good guitarist who knows you’d end up jamming with your favorite musicians or have your own music track! The possibilities are endless.

6. To conclude, it makes you “unbreakable.”

Generalists and specialists also thrive in their careers, but they’re trapped in the narrow skill set and reputation they’ve built for themselves. However, polymaths broaden their horizons by combining their diverse skills to solve complex problems and come up with unique solutions. It renders you unbreakable! As a matter of fact, it sets you free from all the instability in this era of constant change.

No one is born a polymath, you have to train yourself to become one. Does being a polymath sound intriguing to you? What interests of yours would you like to combine with your core skills? Let us know in the comments below.

Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for Bright Side