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53 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Epstein. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Epstein, often where they are interviewed.

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53 of The Best Podcast Episodes for David Epstein. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about David Epstein, often where they are interviewed.

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S2 TWO 13 David Epstein Vol 2 - Range

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David Epstein is the author of The Sports Gene and Range. In this second part, we explore the work of David on Range and his fascinating thesis on becoming a generalist instead of a specialist.

Sep 17 2020 · 22mins
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S2 TWO 12 David Epstein Vol 1 The Sports Gene

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David Epstein is the author of two bestselling books. In this work of series I'll be exploring his book 'The Sports Gene' on the impact of genetics on our development of skills and talents. Fascinating stuff!

Sep 09 2020 · 23mins

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Ask Daily Stoic: Ryan and David Epstein Talk Range & Resilience

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On today’s Daily Stoic Podcast, Ryan talks with author and journalist David Epstein about the power of range, how to get the right kind of experience to be successful, and more.

David Epstein is the author of #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. He has previously worked as a reporter at ProPublica and Sports Illustrated and also wrote the best-selling The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.

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Aug 01 2020 · 39mins
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Range by David Epstein

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In this episode, Erik Rostad discusses book 18 of 52 from his 2020 Reading ListRange: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein.

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Jul 31 2020 · 34mins

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Episode Three: David Epstein

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David Epstein is the best-selling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. He tells Lenore why having kids specialize in a sport or subject early won’t necessarily benefit them long term, and how most professional fields are ruled by those who tried lots of different things and found their path later in life.
Jul 21 2020 · 31mins
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Range by David Epstein: why you need to stop specialising

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Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.

David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one.They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.

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About the Author

David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World , and of the New York Times best seller The Sports Gene, both of which have been translated in more than 20 languages. (To his surprise, it was purchased not only by his sister but also by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.)

He was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the story that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids.

David has given talks about performance science and the uses (and misuses) of data on five continents; his TED Talk has been viewed 8.5 million times, and was shared by Bill Gates. Three of his stories have been optioned for films.

David enjoys volunteering and as an avid runner, he was a Columbia University record holder and twice NCAA All-East as an 800-meter runner.

Source: https://davidepstein.com/

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BIG IDEA 1 (4:18) - Roger vs. Tiger

Roger Federer and Tiger Woods have both defined their respective sports. Tiger Woods hyper-specialized since he was a child - his parents believed he was going to be the best golfer in the world. Whilst the young Roger Federer just liked playing sports. Eventually in his teens he picked tennis, at an age when many of his peers had been specialising since a very young age and were already working with elite coaches and nutritionists ec.

The Roger story is actually much more common, but we worship the Tiger story. Research also shows that elite performers actually practice less at a very young age, compared to the near-elite performers who specialise and practice more, earlier. 

BIG IDEA 2 (6:25) - Kind vs. Wicked

The world's problems are becoming more wicked and much more complex.  Therefore, to tackle them, we need the fundamental conceptual reasoning skills that we can transfer across different fields. When you have a narrow view of the world, you’ll only have a look for one thing in your field to answer the question or solve the problems.

This type of development of thinking was explored during some fascinating research in remote villages where the villagers still lived in a pre-modern age.  Those with a very narrow view of the world, could only look at things from the perspective of what they had experienced before.  So whilst some of their ideas were more creative (their descriptions of colours), their ability to think conceptually and abstractly was almost completely limited.

The Roger Federer approach is much better for wicked problems - one that brings the skills and experience of different sports (or fields). The Tiger Woods approach is better for kind problems or the more complicated, replicable challenges. If there is a high likelihood that you know what’s going to happen next, being Tiger Woods can help.

BIG IDEA 3 (13:05) - The Power of Analogy

If we need to have better conceptual thinking, the ability to think in analogies will help. A study on problems solving says that successful problem solvers are more able to determine the deep structure or problem before they proceed and match a strategy to it.  And a lot of the time, the deep structure of a problem isn’t limited to the same field of that particular problem - it takes going beyond the context and into the concept.

Less successful problem solvers are more likely to mentally classify problems only by superficial features (ie, it’s a medical problem or an engineering problem).

Sometimes the more you know about the area, the worse you are about making decisions.  Companies, including NASA, have had some of their longest standing problems solved by amateurs with no, or limited, scientific knowledge but who are able to see the similarity from something else they have seen before in another field.


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Watch David’s TED Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_epstein_are_athletes_really_getting_faster_better_stronger

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Jun 14 2020 · 20mins
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#11 David Epstein - The book that will make you rethink everything about your career

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In this episode of all things #Abstractable we discuss the book Range by David Epstein

This book captured our attention due to it's completely different perspective on learning and careers. We talk about how learning really works and how to apply this to your life and career.

As with each episode, we pluck out what most resonated with us from the book and how we are going to implement these into our day-to-day.

Show notes and books mentioned in the episode can be found through the link in our Instagram bio @theabstractable.

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May 23 2020 · 1hr 15mins
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342: David Epstein | Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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David Epstein (@DavidEpstein) has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of the number-one New York Times bestseller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.

What We Discuss with David Epstein:

  • What are the pros and cons of specialization and generalization?
  • Why sacrificing depth for breadth in the learning process might be an advantage.
  • How struggling to generate an answer -- even a wrong one -- enhances subsequent learning.
  • The end of history illusion and the hazards of choosing to specialize between ages 18-29.
  • Why self-taught people tend to experiment more and come to unique solutions for problems that specialists overlook.
  • And much more...

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Apr 23 2020 · 1hr 18mins
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David Epstein: Going wide to find your perfect career match

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We spoke with David Epstein, author of 'Range' and 'The Sports Gene'. 

Range is AA's favourite book of 2020 so far, and we only got to scratch the surface in our book summary episode. In this interview with the author, we speak about: how you should focus on skill development rather than comparing yourself to others around you, not settling for a career you're not in love with because you feel like you're in a rush to achieve things quickly, and stories about how low-level engineers became world famous inventors and how creators with a broad range of practical experiences were able to produce international blockbusters. 

See more from David Epstein on his website: https://davidepstein.com/

Check out our favourite bits of the book 'Range' here: https://whatyouwilllearn.com/book/range/

Apr 08 2020 · 41mins
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#96 - David Epstein: How a range of experience leads to better performance in a highly specialized world

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In this episode, David Epstein, best-selling author of Range and The Sports Gene, discusses the evidence around the most effective ways to improve long-term performance and learning in our specialties, our sports, our careers, and our lives. David makes a compelling case that a range of experiences and skills are more likely to lead to expert performance compared to early specialization, and offers an in-depth critique of the much-publicized 10,000-Hour Rule. David also provides insights into our role as parents in the process of encouraging exposure to many things, the concepts of when to push them, when to give them space, and when to allow them to quit. Furthermore, David goes into many other fascinating topics such as the role of talent, genetics, and practice in reaching expert status, what differentiates a kind vs. wicked learning environment, the importance of “informal training,” and many case studies that suggest strategies for short-term success may not be best for long-term development.

We discuss:

  • A shared interest in Ayrton Senna, and pondering the value in participating in sports [2:30];

  • Examining the 10,000-Hour Rule, and the importance of questioning existing dogma [15:00];

  • How the medical profession is affected by bad science, and the importance of understanding individual variation [28:00];

  • David’s most surprising findings when writing The Sports Gene [35:45];

  • Kind versus wicked learning environments [40:45];

  • How and why strategies for short-term success may not be best for long-term development [47:30];

  • Contrasting the success stories of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer—which path is more common, and an argument for diversified training and experiences [59:15];

  • Is there an age-range or “critical window” during which exposure is necessary to reach a certain level of proficiency or mastery of a skill or knowledge? [1:14:00];

  • How diversifying your interests and unraveling your identity from your speciality could lead to more enjoyment and actually improve performance in your speciality [1:22:15];

  • The undervalued importance of “informal training” [1:29:15];

  • Advice for increasing match quality in your work—where interests and abilities align—to optimize both job performance and fulfillment [1:41:15];

  • Would David want his own son to attend college given the current state of higher education? [1:51:15];

  • The role of a parent—how to encourage sampling, when to push them, when to allow them to quit, and insights from the childhoods of Tiger Woods and Wolfgang Mozart [1:55:45];

  • The need for varied perspectives and the ability to improvise—insights gained from the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy [2:08:45];

  • How a diversified background and identity could be the difference in life or death—the Hotshot firefighters case study [2:22:15];

  • David’s takeaways from the inspiring story of Frances Hesselbein [2:29:00]; and

  • More.

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Mar 09 2020 · 2hr 37mins