“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”Michelangelo
Is it possible to reach Leonardo da Vinci or Benjamin Franklin’s level breadth of skills and knowledge in today’s world?
Yes. But there’s a difference between today and as time goes forward (assuming there’s no apocalyptic zombie outbreak).
There’s a lot more choice today than in the past. For example, Leonardo, although an I legitimate son, had more access to paper than most growing up because his father was a notary and landlord. That’s like me growing up without a cellphone versus kids today growing up with phones, tablets TVs and other screens aplenty! For most, paper was not cheap. To think and draw and write was quite a luxury.
Think about how plentiful our access to paper is today. The same is true for everything in our modern world.
Even the poorest of us have more choices than in the past.
To be multidisciplinary, we must be extremely cautious with what we give our time too. Every skill and industry, be it woodcraft, design, dance, artificial intelligence, or medicine has multiple multiple sub-skills and paths we could take.
To reach a level of mastery of any trade is difficult. Most don’t get there. To reach mastery in multiple trades takes discipline, creativity, and dedication.
It’s possible, certainty. But it means we have to choose. We must prioritize our essential few over the plethora (and ever-expanding) options.
There’s room for trying new things and experimenting of course. But there’s not much room for idleness and complacency.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #847