I recently conducted a lecture on the desire for Polymaths in the 21st century. But what exactly is a Polymath, and how do you become one?
What do you think Leonardo da Vinci, Shakira and Elon Musk have in common? Well, da Vinci was an inventor, artist, sculptor, engineer, writer – amongst other things. Shakira is a world famous singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman and philanthropist. Musk’s talents extend over computer programming, software development, physics, chemistry, engineering and automotive design – just to name a few.
Essentially, the above examples are people who have multiple interests and skills sets in a range of different areas. They are not typical specialists who possess a plethora of knowledge on one topic. They have taken interest in diverse areas, and integrated such to create a truly unique skill set.
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