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Polymaths are More Likely to Become Successful than Specialists, Here is Why in Modern Time

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Jack of All Trades are More Likely to Become Successful than Specialists

 Specialist or Polymath, Which one is Better for My Success? This post got the perfect answer for you.

I remember back then, when I was still in the university, Elem Kuti called me to advise me on becoming an expert in one thing instead of being the one doing everything in the GT Labels (the first businesses I started back in 2012 which I have exited), Kuti saw that I was the one that does the graphics designs for all our programs, handles the printing, organize the venue and still climb the stage as performing dance artist in our shows.

Of a truth, that was very tiring and much work on me but then, I was enjoying it.

Little did I know, those things were good for my well-being today.

Kuti was one of the best graphics designers I have ever met all my life and till date, I still trust he is one of the best guys in graphics design.

The spontaneous response of “THAT WON’T BE POSSIBLE AND WILL MAKE ME SICK” I gave him when he asked me to leave every other thing and focus on graphics design still amazes me.

With that all being said, I think being everywhere is very good to some extent.

My final take will be at the end of this post.

Firstly, Who is a Polymath?

A polymath is someone who is good and averagely competent in three or more industries/topics and can comfortably integrate all his knowledge in one place to provide a solution.

Polymaths bring different industries all together in one platform.

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I read an article that says “People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research” by Michael Simmons on Medium, do check it out here.

In our modern day world, most of the men who built the world’s largest companies are all Polymaths ranging from Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos Steve Job, Larry page, Richard Branson, Carlos Slim, Mark Zuckerberg and currently Elon Musk.

For the modern-day Polymath in the real business scene, Educator Ernest Boyer said “The future belongs to the integrators.”

This brings me to the case of Elon Musk who has combined a very good understanding of physics, engineering, programming, design, manufacturing, and business to create several multibillion-dollar companies in completely different fields. He not only makes a typical combination of skills, he also makes a typical combination of personality traits in all his dealings.

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Today he is such a normal guy, another day he’s a crazy dude in a different school of thought.

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular comic strips of all time, who wasn’t the funniest person in the world, already wrote a blog post on how he did it and how you can too:

In the blog post, below are some of the notable things you need to know

“If you want something extraordinary [in life], you have two paths:

  1. Become the best at one specific thing.
  2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.

The first strategy is difficult to the point of near impossibility. Few people will ever play in the NBA or make a platinum album. I don’t recommend anyone even try.

The second strategy is fairly easy. Everyone has at least a few areas in which they could be in the top 25% with some effort. In my case, I can draw better than most people, but I’m hardly an artist. And I’m not any funnier than the average standup comedian who never makes it big, but I’m funnier than most people. The magic is that few people can draw well and write jokes. It’s the combination of the two that makes what I do so rare. And when you add in my business background, suddenly I had a topic that few cartoonists could hope to understand without living it”.

In all of these, I think there are two sides to this argument.

Will being an expert make me more successful or have a knowledge of everything?

Here is my honest take on being a Specialist;

  • Become a specialist if you want to build a personal brand or want to be seen as an expert in a particular thing.
  • Become a specialist if you want to become a highly held and well-respected employee.
  • Become a specialist if you want to become an authority in a particular thing.
  • Become a specialist if you solve a particular problem.

Here is my honest take on being a Polymath;

  • Become a polymath if you want to build a large business ecosystem that involves different industries like Elon Musk is doing.
  • Become a polymath if you want to become a good CEO.
  • Become a polymath if you have eyes on leading a large organization.
  • Become a polymath if your emotional intelligence is great.
  • It’s possible you’re a polymath if you easily get bored on doing one thing all the time and love venturing into new businesses.
  • Because many of the largest problems that face society and individuals benefit from solutions that integrate multiple disciplines, so, you’re likely to become a polymath if you’re up to solve many societal problems.

To wrap it up, I think the idea of Jack of all trades, master of none is better for me because I’m building a business ecosystem that is diverse and involves different industries which knowing just one thing definitely won’t do it for me.

On our platform at (Sumo Tech Global and Gudtalent & Co), we are merging Modern banking systems on Sumobank to help Entrepreneurs manage finances better while learning how to build successful small to medium scale businesses at Entrepreneur Platform Academy where those who can’t run a separate entity can become business owners on Maxibu. Logistics, welfare and miscellaneous will be vetted on GT Fare. Food processing and Agriculture with Manufacturing are not left behind as it will help us in production, which will have a touch with the things we do at our Academy…

Even the academic scheme supports the concept of polymath by reflex. This is why you will score a higher mark in your project topic if you have many references and citations of resources to back up your point.

Wikipedia as the largest information website in the world is also using the concept of different views in their reference pages to support all the materials approved on the website which you and I trust so much.

At the same time, “Jack of all trades, master of none is bad for anyone who is building an influential personal brand.

Another Angle to being a polymath is that it’s bad for you in the society if you cannot merge different ideas/solutions/thoughts/concept to solve a real-world problem because you are not an expert in the things you know and as such, no one or establishment will take you serious about helping their platform grow. So the specialist will become more successful than you as a polymath if you cannot manage and implement all the things you know.

How to Become a Modern Polymath?

this is quite overwhelming and looking tough, but I don’t really think it is. so

  • How and where do you start?
  • How do you find the time to become a polymath?
  • What field do you learn first?
  • How do you translate what you learn into real-world value as a polymath?

I have put a guide on how to become a modern-day polymath Here.

Click here and see the easy guide to becoming a polymath without much hassle.

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In this guide, I discuss the 7 common mistakes Nigerian managers make and how to avoid them. However, before I get to that, I want you to know that finding and keeping credible hands in your business is an important process that you should never put aside for any reason. As an employer in Nigeria, once you’ve hired a competent employee, it becomes an even tougher challenge trying to retain him or her except you know and avoid the common mistakes Nigerian managers make. Many of the talented people within your business structure won’t stick around for long if you don’t take some smart management initiatives.

As a manager, one of the common mistakes that you are likely to make is the mistake of complacency or related issues. This applies to managers in companies and organizations of all sizes and societies. This mistake is easy to make especially when it seems like you have the very best of workforce for your organization.

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When you ignore various aspects to keep credible employees in your organization, you could face a big dilemma in employees’ management and retention and before you know what is happening, they are gone. So, if you don’t want your employees to abandon you soon as they resume work, endeavour to avoid the common mistakes Nigerian managers make.

To help you with this, I put together this awesome guide which is a compilation of 7 managerial mistakes to avoid within your company to maintain a high turnover rate and sustain your business growth and productivity.

7 Common Mistakes Nigerian Managers Make

Below is a discussion on the 7 common mistakes Nigerian managers make and how to avoid them.

1. Supposing That Your Best Employees Will Not Leave Your Company

One of the worst examples of contentment is automatically assuming that your employees want to stay with your company for ever.

You should not have this sort of stupid idea. Most top talented people are extremely smart and want to challenge themselves with higher tasks and better offers.

So, don’t make the mistake of assuming that they will keep staying with your organization if they are constantly exposed to the same rhetoric that stifles their creativity. Not everyone is after money; some people just want to develop their skills while earning money. So, if you fail to engage them with tasks that meet their goals, they are likely to leave sooner or later.

2. Deploying Long Hiring Processes

How long is your hiring process? All those candidates you want to hire don’t want to wait weeks or months to start work. Keeping them waiting only creates impatience in them, which can force them to accept a another offer.

Some statistics show that up to 46% of all candidates accept or seek another offer if they have to wait too long for a response from an organization they applied to. Don’t assume they will stick around just because you offer competitive advantages.

3. Poor Training and Personal Development Programmes

Training is a big part of every forward-going organization. If you fail to train, retrain and provide your employees with suitable training programmes to boost their morale and productivity, chances are that they will become moribund and develop lethargy working on the same rhetoric for years.

Most forward thinking employees appreciate a company that is always working on new projects. They want to feel like they have nowhere to go (in terms of projects), and hence will like to keep with the company and execute projects they are proud of.

Hardworking employees will feel suffocated and will look elsewhere for challenges if they spend all their life on one job position in a company.

This shows that retaining the best employees in an organization requires time and financial resources to ensure they are retained.

4. Poor Interpersonal Communication

The lack of proper communication applies to all types of employment situations and all organization sizes (small, medium, large, national, etc.)

You should keep in touch with your employees as soon as possible so that both you and they are in tune with the direction of your company.

If you don’t, misinformation can set in among your workforce and the impact can be disastrous.

Poor communication network between the management and the employees and among the employees is what gives rise to false assumptions in an organization and that you don’t want this to happen to your organization particularly during difficult times

So, maintain one-on-one communication with your employees and ensure the information shared is true and intact.

5. Hiring the Wrong Candidates

Maybe you’re so desperate to get someone to fill a vacant position in your company that you end up hiring the wrong persons. It’s easy to detect a discrepancy between what someone’s resume says and who someone actually is by mere observation. But this will happen after the candidate has been employed following a faulty recruitment process.

Anyone can say something on a resume without proper research. Have your interviewers focus on the real tangible elements, such as what the candidate’s proven skills are, their track record of success, and their responsibility. You may check this detailed guide which I wrote on tips for hiring the best job applicants for guidelines.

6.  Not Appreciating your Employees When they do a Good Job

Whenever your employees work hard to contribute their best to your company’s projects, they want to be recognized, praised and appreciated for the work they do.

Many of them want more than money, which is why recognition is very important in the workplace. Praise, rewards, bonuses, tips, etc. help to boost your employees’ morale and give them morale to put in more energy, move forward and continue to achieve their set goals for the organization. Often, for many applicants, it is not about the financial aspects and more about simply being recognized and valued.

Offering bonuses is always good. But keep in mind to consider other rewards like vacation packages, gift cards, and certificates.

7.  Resisting Changes to Move Forward When You Should

Your employees won’t want to stick around if they’re not going to hit an important short-term or long-term goal in your organization. Think of Apple and its continued push to create new devices for the public. In the Steve Jobs era, all of their talents were kept because they were definitely on board with his vision. Your company needs the same mindset, so don’t resist change. In the corporate world, things change all the time.

Conclusion

The world is fast being overtaken by a workforce filled with millennials.  Millennials are exponentially changing the corporate landscape in today’s workforce and are worth hiring because of their energy, zeal and enthusiasm to get things done quickly and efficiently, as they are used to change. One reason is that they grew up at a time when they expected a change in everything.

If you want to keep the employees that you took pains to hire, it is essential to invest quality resources to keep them in your organization. Some of the things mentioned above can help you correct this, but the most important thing is to keep them engaged.

Employee engagement is critical to keeping your team constantly interested and never bored with their job. A recent Gallup poll shows that 51% of employees are not participating as they should. Take this seriously and look at possible solutions through which you can keep your employees constantly engaged and inspired while working for you. You just read some of the tips; you can find out more online.

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