“Not everyone can do everything. Because it is as simple a fact that you can’t be good at many things. You can adequately do a lot, but only expertly do a few”.
He clearly remembered his professor’s words since the first day of college.
He was investing time to gain the knowledge required to specialise in one specific sector.
However, in an age of multitasking and in a labour market that sought individuals with a range of skills, he found the prompt contradictory.
How could you focus on one thing alone when the world was asking you to know more?
His professor was the one who offered the reply.
“The more specific knowledge you possess, the greater ability you have in comprehending a situation and offering solutions others cannot see”.
He then handed him a quote from a famous scientist. It said: “A smattering of everything is worth little. It is a fallacy to suppose that an encyclopaedic knowledge is desirable. The mind is made strong, not through much learning, but by the thorough possession of something” (Louis Agassiz).
“Never stop learning. Seek knowledge on everything and anything. But know what to invest on and specialise on something in particular. That will make you stand out. And it will make you sought-after and marketable”.