In Praise of Generalists


Which are you: a generalist or a specialist? Generalists tend to know a little about a lot of things; specialists tend to know as much as possible about just a few things. I believe that we’re hard-wired to be one or the other. We either gravitate toward exploring many topics and integrating knowledge into a broad view of the world, or we gravitate toward exploring one topic we care passionately about until we become an expert.

Five Flavors of Impostor


Valerie Young is the author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It. In a previous post, I wrote about how women are much more likely to think of themselves as impostors. Men, on the other hand, tend to think … Continue reading Five Flavors of Impostor

When Bad Things Happen, Part 2


I wrote in a previous post that what happens to you in life is less important than the story you tell yourself about it before or afterward. Every day, whether it’s the best or worst of your life, is made up of the same 24 hours.  This, too, will pass, if you let it. But … Continue reading When Bad Things Happen, Part 2

When Bad Things Happen


What happens to you in life is less important than the story you tell yourself about it before or afterward. Sit quietly with that for a moment, then read on. Any moment, even day, in your life is merely a moment in time.  No matter how epically good or bad it was, it will pass; … Continue reading When Bad Things Happen