"You’ve likely heard the saying: “A jack of all trades is a master of none.” It warns against the futility of pursuing too many disciplines. Be a specialist, or you’ll be nothing.
It may surprise you to learn there’s actually an extended version: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” With a subtle addition, its meaning becomes inverted to tout the benefits of being a polymath (a.k.a. generalist).”
We don't always have the privilege, knowledge, or access to merge our passions with careers, so we end up living a double-triple-quadruple lives of “career” and “side hustle” and “passion” and “hobby” and, and, and… But what if there’s more overlap and benefit than we expect? Having multiple interests and passions allows us to navigate new and exciting spaces with unique mental models. — the polymathic advantage is rooted in the power of versatility.