How do polymaths think? How would you map out their minds on a diagram?
Would it be, a Venn diagram with fields intersecting each other? Would it be a mind map? Is it a long list of things that make up you?
In a quest to visualize the mind of a polymath, I designed a simple diagram that pretty much fits every individual.
Let’s discuss polymaths: namely, the lifelong battle between Generalists and Specialists.
It’s kind of difficult to explain what a polymath is without seeing just how capable a polymath could be in the modern world. But, we’re going to try it anyway.
On one hand, a specialist is easier to determine: When in their element, specialists thrive on their deep understanding of a certain field. If you are in need of an expert, look no further than a specialist in that field.
In contrast, a polymath is known as an expert-generalist: A jack of all trades, a master of none. As one, I can dive into a field of my interest, read up about it, hold a proper justified opinion on said field, and create value from there.
Note that it becomes harder for me to create greater specific value than say, a specialist, aka. someone with decades of experience down the line.
But, having the tendencies of a polymath compared to others holds a few advantages that no other can provide.
I had the epiphany to turn this blog into a home for the Polymath: one who knows a broad range of things.
I had to ask myself a question: in what direction should I go towards?
Would it be about philosophy, its inner workings and how it empowers us as individuals? Or, would it be about money, and how it plays such a big part in our lives?
But first, a definition!
Primers are great to keep track of everything.
For polymaths, we tend to have the affinity to study different fields at many different times. But, how do we keep track of what Fields that we study in? This is when I have an issue that is unique to my own character and that is, where do all my notes go?