Weekly Roundup: Subgroups, Art of Rediscovering Yourself & Thanksgiving
What we learned together on Network Capital this week
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Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend. This is a quick overview of the week gone by on Network Capital. You can get access to all our offerings once you subscribe.
🚀 New Masterclass: Pride, Prejudice & Punditry with Dr. Shashi Tharoor
🏁 Kick-off of the Writing Fellowship
✨ Registrations open for the Deep-Generalist Fellowship
🧑🏻🤝🧑🏾 Offline events: Delhi Meet-up, Hyderabad Meet-up & Dubai Meet-up
💌 Newsletters: How Richard Feynman Worked and The art of rediscovering yourself
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Pride, Prejudice & Punditry with Dr. Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor is one of India’s greatest living writers. In the course of a career that has lasted more than half a century (his first short story made it into print when he was ten), he has published over five million words—in books, newspapers, magazines, journals, and online media—on a variety of subjects.
We had our orientation session of the Writing Fellowship on Friday. It was followed by a session wit Dr. Tharoor and session on building your Writing OS and invisible audience on Saturday and Sunday.
In most modern workplaces, a disproportionate emphasis is paid on having narrow skills that are marketable. While there is nothing wrong having an area of focus, one should be mindful of the perils of early specialization.
There are three key reason for that.
We tend to specialize without knowing why. More than 80% of people work in areas that have nothing to do with their field of study.
It hinders lateral thinking, a problem-solving approach that draws upon seemingly disparate concepts and domains. Most innovators are lateral thinkers. Their lateral thinking is a direct result of combining different strands of thoughts and learning from different contexts.
People with a narrow set of skills tend to approach every problem through the same lens. This not only ignores loopholes in one’s hypothesis but also amplifies biases. As investor Charlie Munger puts it, “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
Deep-Generalists are people who combine two or more diverse domains and integrate them into something defensible and unique. These are the professionals who will push the boundaries for creativity and innovation in the AI era. Their competitive advantage will propel them to learn, unlearn and develop innovative solutions consistently.
Starts December 11, 2021
Yesterday members from our Delhi subgroup over a cup of coffee. In the coming weeks, our members will also be meeting in Hyderabad and Dubai.
Known for his knack of combining different strands of knowledge and explaining complex concepts with wit and clarity, Feynman redefined how people thought about physics. When he wasn’t researching particle physics, he was writing, dabbling in the arts, sketching or playing the bongo.
The art of rediscovering yourself
Discovery of career, passion, love and life forms the most crucial aspect of being alive. After trials, tribulations, experiments and tinkering, we stumble into eureka moments that guide us into adult life. Then we try and master our craft, put in time and energy to become something we can be comfortable with, perhaps even proud of on days. That, in a sense, describes growth and if we are persistent and lucky, leads to excellence.
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