“Jack of all trades, master of none.”
The age old cautionary tale of the failing polymath has persisted for centuries.
“Equipped with knives all over, yet none is sharp,” is a popular warning in China.
Yet, many of the most impactful individuals, both contemporary and historical, have been generalists. From Leonardo Da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin to contemporary figures such as Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, the jack of all trades have been consistently changing the world for the better.
Thomas Edison. Marie Curie. Richard Feynman. Sir Isaac Newton. Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos.
All of them polymaths, all of them jack of all trades.
Aristotle. Ptolemy. Kepler. Descartes. Galileo. Pasteur. Leibniz. Euler. Darwin. Maxwell.
The list goes on and on, one polymath after another, all of them proving that becoming competent in more than one field is far from counterproductive.
“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses — especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”Leonardo Da Vinci
Polymaths have been around since the dawn of human civilization, building atypical combinations of skills and knowledge across unrelated fields and then integrating them to connect the dots and come up with unusual solutions to complex problems.
And that’s what this blog is all about. Helping you connect the dots by sharing stories from the world of art, science, philosophy, or history.
The blog is built around a set of simple principles:
Knowledge = Power
The tired cliché that knowledge is power can often make us forget this simple fact: clichés are true. Always.
Knowledge grants us, indeed, power by helping us make sense of the world around us. Once we can do that, we can easily shape it according to our own desires and needs.
The Visual Design
A visual representation of how to acquire a certain skill will always provide a clear, concise, and simple framework for taking actionable steps towards developing that skill.
That’s why most articles and essays will be accompanied by graphic elements that provide an anchor to how a skill works, and how to acquire it.
About the blogger
Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.
Now, let’s stop writing in the third person and just explain folks who I am.
I’ve been blogging on this blog since April 2012, when I decided that all I wanted was to write stuff and share it with other human beings.
In the meantime I somehow managed to get over 140,000 readers on this blog while also being featured on websites/blogs such as: