术业有专攻 专攻真的很重要么?

一年多前在工作上接到一个非常规项目,在那之后的某些特定时刻,自己的潜意识里就发出一些声音,“这项目专业性一点都不强,有用么,我是不是在浪费时间?”尽管在工作上自己是个很愿意接受挑战的人,特别是那些之前没人做过的,越能激起自己的兴趣。这项目也恰好是个pilot project, 但一旦意识到要做很久,又要让我把它跟专业、职业绑在一起,总觉得很虚。

自己有时也在想,那为什么做一件不那么有专业性的事情会让人觉得很虚? 为什么我更愿意偏向做一件专业性很强/更专一的事呢?

最近看了Emilie Wapnick的TED演讲,给了我一个对这种虚从何而来比较合理的解释;同时也带来些新的思路。

The notion of the narrowly focused life is highly romanticized in our culture. It's this idea of destiny or the one true calling, the idea that we each have one great thing we are meant to do during our time on this earth, and you need to figure out what that thing is and devote your life to it.

Exactly !

她接着称那些被不同兴趣吸引,又没有那么“专一”的朋友们为multipotentialites.

A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.It might help if you break it up into three parts: multi, potential, and ite. You can also use one of the other terms that connote the same idea, such as polymath, the Renaissance person.
Actually during the Renaissance period, it was considered the ideal to be well-versed in multiple disciplines. Barbara Sher refers to us as "scanners." Use whichever term you like, or invent your own. I have to say I find it sort of fitting that as a community, we cannot agree on a single identity.

看到这一段时我就一下子想到挺久之前一篇业界大牛的推送,有一段很形象的比喻我记得特别深。

大仲马说的那句:“历史是什么?是我用来挂小说的钉子”,所以要多在墙上“钉钉子”,“钉子多了,可挂的东西就多了。

尽管我也知道Emilie Wapnick口中的multipotentialites是那些被这个世界不同的东西所吸引且一直在尝试中的勇敢热忱的好奇宝宝,定不是那些因为浮躁才会东张西望的银(比如目前的我);但钉钉子理论和multipotentialites 会让现在不定时引爆浮躁炸弹的自己静下心。同时这也是自己很想走的方向,尽管long way to go :)

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