It seems like these days everything is about specialization.  People are so stressed out about finding their niche that they can’t focus on any one thing.  ”Oh I want to do this, but does it align with what my career will be for the rest of my life?  Does it make enough money?  I love art but I have to be an engineer!”

To these folks I have one piece of advice:

Do what you love.

If you love everything, do everything.  Why should something take the back burner because it’s not in your field of study?  Do what feels right!

The Renaissance Man idea (from Wikipedia):

A polymath (Greek πολυμαθής, polymathēs, "having learned much")[1] is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply be someone who is very knowledgeable.

When did it become bad to learn about everything?  Since when does broadening knowledge and perspective hurt?  We need to slow things down a bit and realize that if knowledge really is power, why do we pigeonhole ourselves from early on?

I’m still chewing on this idea but I like where it’s going, and it’s inspired me to make some changes in my own life that I deem are for the better.  Try taking a chance and open up to new ideas.  Try to learn something, really learn something well, every day.  You just might like it.