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Compounding interests

Rob Drilea
Rob Drilea
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Compounding interests

I've always had an inclination towards being a polymath.

Learning for the sake of learning is a beautiful thing, and it's often the case that I get interested in a field or niche briefly, dive into it obsessively, and move on fairly quickly.

Until months or sometimes years later when something reminds me of it, or connects to it, and my efforts may pay off in the form of new insights.

When I think about the career paths I've had a serious interest in pursuing, they've all been - or appeared to be - accommodating to my inclination.

I became interested in writing when I was 8 or 9, and genuinely wanted to be a writer until my mid-teens.

I was once deeply interested in computers and programming.

In my late teens I decided I would become a film director - a decision I continue to enforce.

While I've always been aware of my straying interests, I've also intuitively recognized that pursuing several paths at once is akin to pursuing no path at all. Thus, my perceived need to make a decision.

But in recent years, I've started reconsidering the need to focus on a single career. Diverging interests may be unproductive if one's intention is to become a master of a single craft. But mastery, while a noble goal, sometimes just sounds like no fun.

Isn't there more meaning and purpose to pursuing diverse interests that fulfill your curiosities of the moment - whether or not they yield a fruitful insight eventually?

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