A head start doesn’t always … well, help you get ahead. With examples from sports, technology and economics, journalist David Epstein shares how specializing in a particular skill too early in life may undermine your long-term development — and explains the benefits of a “sampling period” where you try new things and focus on building a range of skills. Learn how this broader, counterintuitive mindset (and more forgiving timeline) could lead to a more fulfilling life, personally and professionally.Step 1:Watching this talk (links to an external site)., by David Epstein.Read this article (links to an external site). from the Harvard Business Review (HBR).Step 2:After completing the resources listed above, discuss with your peers:Although focused practice is very important. David Epstein also argues that you need a sampling period. What does he mean by a “sampling period”?Have you done enough sampling or are there other things you still would like to try?Epstein also compares “Kind Learning Environments” vs “Wicked Learning Environments”, what are these and which one is more likely to be what you’ll encounter in the real world?We tend to see a wandering career track as unfocused, but what could be some of the advantages of that?A) What does the author of the HBR article (links to an external site meant by building a career portfolio? B) Why is that better than building a career path? C) How does it connect to the ideas from David Epstein’s talk?How will you integrate the ideas from the talk (links to an external site). and the article (Links to an external site). into your career planning?

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