The One Trait That Elon Musk, Ben Franklin, and Marie Curie Have In Common

by Michael Simmons on Aug 6, 2015

Credit: Steve Jurvetson/Unknown/Joseph-Siffrein Duplessis

“Jack of all trades. Master of none.”

The warning against being a generalist has persisted for hundreds of years in dozens of languages.

“Equipped with knives all over, yet none is sharp,” warned people in China. In Estonia, it went, “Nine trades, the tenth one — hunger.”

Yet, many of the most impactful individuals — both contemporary and historical — have been generalists: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Arianna Huffington, Ben Franklin, Leonardo Da Vinci,and Marie Curie…

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