Roger Federer is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
The surprising part is how he became great.
As a young kid, he didn’t focus on tennis and didn’t get fancy coaching or strength training. He played a wide range of different sports, including skateboarding, swimming, ping pong, soccer, and badminton. He didn’t start playing competitive tennis until he was a teenager.
Roger become great by being a generalist.
Over the years I've developed a wide range of skills. Software Development, Product Management, Coaching. Most recently I've even developed an art project.
I'm definitely a Roger Federer.
However I'm grappling with something Roger seemed to crack.
Applying generalist skills to a specific goal.
With a specific set of skills, I can assume it's easier to find these.
Specialism is valued in the marketplace. Most job descriptions ask for certifications and decades of experience in a specific discipline.
But as a generalist I don't even know what job would I even apply for?
My question for fellow generalists - How do you overcome this challenge?
So far I've been sitting on this question:
"What is it that needs doing, that probably wont happen, unless I take responsibility for it?"
The answer still eludes me.
Rogers story is explored in Range by David Epstein