The Polymath: Unlocking the Power of Human Versatility

Book details

  • Format: epub
  • File Size: 4.61 MB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (4 January 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English

Every human is born with multifarious potential. Why, then, do parents, schools and employers insist that we restrict our many talents and interests; that we ‘specialise’ in just one?

We’ve been sold a myth, that to ‘specialise’ is the only way to pursue truth, identity, or even a livelihood. Yet specialisation is nothing but an outdated system that fosters ignorance, exploitation and disillusionment and thwarts creativity, opportunity and progress.

Following a series of exchanges with the world’s greatest historians, futurists, philosophers and scientists, Waqas Ahmed has weaved together a narrative of history and a vision for the future that seeks to disrupt this prevailing system of unwarranted ‘hyper-specialisation.’

In The Polymath, Waqas shows us that there is another way of thinking and being. Through an approach that is both philosophical and practical, he sets out a cognitive journey towards reclaiming your innate polymathic state. Going further, he proposes nothing less than a cultural revolution in our education and professional structures, whereby everyone is encouraged to express themselves in multiple ways and fulfil their many-sided potential.

Not only does this enhance individual fulfilment, but in doing so, facilitates a conscious and creative society that is both highly motivated and well equipped to address the complexity of 21st century challenges.

The Polymath is an exceptionally versatile human who excels in multiple, seemingly unrelated fields. Over history and across the world this fascinating breed has rejected ‘specialisation’ and shown us a more complete way of thinking and being. In doing so, they have shaped our past and will own the future. This is how.

  • Journey through history to explore the lives of some of the most adventurous and multifaceted people ever to have lived
  • Discover that many of the most influential people over time were in fact Polymaths
  • Explore the common traits of history’s most self-actualised people such as Imhotep, Aristotle, Ibn Sina, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Maya Angelou
  • See how versatility has always been – and will continue to be – the most prized competency for change-makers and exceptional performers
  • Understand that the true specialist is actually always a Polymath
  • Find a blueprint for how to unlock your own many-sided potential, and in doing so, disrupt ‘specialisation’ as a system
  • Learn lessons from some of the greatest living polymaths on how to design a fulfilling, well-rounded life in the 21st century

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