What would you rather be, a fox or a hedgehog?
Confused? Well, according to the Greek poet Archilochus, “A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog knows one big thing.” So, in other words, would you rather be a jack-of-all-trades fox or a specialized hedgehog?
Learn a little about a lot, rather than a lot about a little
According to Scott Adams, author and creator of the comic strip Dilbert, being proficient in many things is preferable to being an expert in just one field. In today’s ever-changing market, flexibility is key. Those who possess a broad range of skills will stand a better chance of adapting to changes than those with a narrower skill set.
Adams believes that Dilbert’s success is partly the result of his generalist approach. When he began the comic, Adams couldn’t write, draw or conduct business at a truly top-notch level. However, despite this lack of expertise, he was competent enough at each. By combining this general knowledge, he managed to create a popular, amusing and highly successful comic.
So, in short, if you want to get on in life, be a fox, not a hedgehog.
To discover more of Scott Adams’s tips for making it in the modern world, including what associate energy is and why it’s crucial for success, read our blinks to How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams.