Quotes – Renaissance Men and Occupational Diversification

My friend David Cummins, an analyst at JL McGregor in Shanghai, just sent me these two excellent quotes.

"Some people believe the modern Renaissance Man is an investment banker who likes to ride horses on his weekends off or take a wine tasting course. That’s not a Renaissance Man, that’s a guy with a hobby. A Renaissance man is someone that can see trends and patterns and is able to integrate what he already knows. A Renaissance Man is curious and interested in different things. You have to be willing to ‘waste time’ on things that are not directly related to your work because you are curious. But then you are able to, sometimes unconsciously, integrate them back into what you do."

"The art of moving between, or switching, fields through different jobs, projects, or hobbies can be an effective way to generate unplanned unique insights. Seek some occupational diversification."


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