The T-shaped person!
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The T-Shaped Person
I dunno about you, but I’ve never been content just having one interest. I’ve always dabbled in lots of things. Over the years, these things have ranged from swimming to drawing to 3D modeling to rock climbing to essay writing to online business (to name just a few). Throughout all of that, however, writing remained my focus, the thing that I would tell people I was “good at.”
What is a T-Shaped Person?
No, being a T-shaped person has nothing to do with badass robot body parts à la Terminator (at least not in this context). Here’s what it means to be a T-shaped person: A T-shaped person has deep knowledge/skills in one area and a broad base of general supporting knowledge/skills.
I like to think of the T-shaped person as an improvement on the classic saying “Jack of all trades, master of none.” A T-shaped person is a “Jack of many trades, master of (at least) one.” When you commit to being T-shaped, you get the benefits of specialization and generalization, while avoiding the pitfalls of being only a specialist or generalist. Here are just a few benefits: You’re better at collaborating with others.
Building a T-shaped set of knowledge and skills is one of the most valuable things you can do for your future career and personal development. The combination of improved job prospects and never-ending intellectual engagement is something that most people will only dream of, but you’ll be able to make it a reality through your habits and commitment to the process. I wish you success in your journey.
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Use the Dreyfus Model to Learn New Skills
If you read College Info Geek, I assume that you’re not interested in remaining static. You want to progress and improve yourself. Self-improvement can take a lot of forms, including getting up earlier and beating procrastination. But one of the most powerful forms of self-improvement, in my experience, is learning new skills.
The Dreyfus Model Explained
Unfortunately, the process of learning new skills isn’t always clear. It’s easy to Google “learn yoga” or “learn to play the guitar”, but this sort of content can only take you so far. What you need is, and what I’d been searching for a long time, is an approach to keep you going once you get past the early stages of learning. I’m excited to report that I recently found such an approach, and I’m going to share it with you in today’s article.
It’s called the Dreyfus model, and it lays out a framework for measuring your progress in any skill you can imagine. So whether you want to learn a new language, become a freelance writer, or just study more effectively, today’s post will get you on your way.
Learning any new skill is a long, difficult, but ultimately rewarding journey. Understanding the Dreyfus model gives you a powerful tool for systematically progressing through any skill you want to learn. When you combine it with techniques such as deliberate practice and SMART goals, you’ll become an unstoppable learning machine!
Monday Shower Thoughts
- The larger the download button, the less safe it seems
- It’s a little suspicious that seemingly 90% of books you pick up are New York Times Bestsellers.
- Bugs can find the smallest cracks to get in, but can’t get out through a wide open door
- Clapping is literally just slapping yourself because you like something
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