Originally Posted by Ari Koinuma
Once I read one of the members of U2 describe Brian Eno, their record producer and a well-established musician on his own right. They said that Eno is a cobbled-together concoction of a bunch of 2nd-rate skills. Except, the unique combination of his skills and how he uses them makes him very unique. (It's been a while since I read this -- so don't quote me on accuracy)
Generalists can still be a master, by creating a unique portfolio of skills and experience in a way that nobody else can. We are all unique individuals, but by specializing in certain discipline, we actually risk becoming more generic -- for there are others who excel in that specialization, and there are always people better than you. It's a bit ironic, isn't it?
I'm a generalist. I specialise in generalisation. You eventually learn (albeit, for me, the challenging way and through lots of experience and trial and error) that your
way isn't the same way as the socially-paved road that many take.