A recent book called Range: Why Generalists in a Specialized World by David Epstein re-opens an argument on whether it is better to be a specialist or a generalist. Is it good to just focus on one subject to the exclusion of anything else? Is it okay to be a person that knows about many things but can still have a good career? Like most things, there are good things about being a generalist or a specialist.
The career of Max Salk, a landscape photographer and an investment analyst in New York, backs the argument that a generalist can be successful in this world.
Who is this generalist called Max Salk? Salk is an undergraduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studied finance and history. His interest in financial markets started at college and it is where he eventually invested in stocks in his spare time.
Salk was not just interested in financial affairs in college. In the junior year of college, he went to study in Rotterdam, Netherlands. When he was walking around the harbor on a foggy morning with his camera, he took one of his first photos and fell in love with the art of photography. This photo is actually on his website at maxsalkphotography.com..
After graduating from college, he became part of PPM America, a Chicago investment management firm. He loved working at this firm. It quenched his financial thirst for making investing recommendations and researching financial and capital markets. He then Blackstone where he still works today. Even thought he is a Vice President at this company, he still continues to take photos of landscapes on his travels and they can be found on Instagram.
Max Salk is considered to be a good financial analyst as well as a good landscape photographer. Salk makes a good argument for a generalist who has still been successful in life.
Earlier this year, May 9th specifically, Territory and Power in Constitutional Transition was published on Amazon. Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions is considered a vital academic read for those interested in the vast and varient workings of the Law, specifically. The reason for this being that the book contains a collection of essays, seventeen in total, that survey the range of challenges that territorial conflicts can pose for the constitution-making processes and constitutional design. How indepth does the book go? Well, the case studies cover countries going through intense constitutional engagement periods in a variety of contexts such as bi-communal countries, small distinct countries, and highly diverse countries. Examplses are often drawn from countries like Kenya, Spain, Scotland, South Africa, and many others. The collection prides itself on policy recommendations through a realist lens.
Where do Sujit Choudhry and George Anderson fit into this? Well, they stand as editors to the collection and had additonally released a companion policy paper with the goal of providing insight into the constitution-making process and offer advice. The two speak from experience, as Choudhry is the founder and director of the Center of Constitutional Transitions and has assisted in the constitution building for such countries as Egypt, Yemen, Ukraine, Sri Lanka alongside other a variety of other countries. Anderson has experience as a former deputy minister for the Canadian government. Anderson is also the former CEO for the Forum of Federations. Currently he works at the Centre for Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University.
Alastair Borthwick (17 February 1913 – 25 September 2003) was an author, rock climber, broadcaster, and World War 2 veteran from Scotland. His literary career truly kicked off with his first breakout work in 1939, “Always a Little Further”, a memoir of his experiences rock climbing throughout the Scottish highlands, followed by “Sans Peur” in 1946, a novel concerning World War 2.
Even as a teenager Borthwick pursued his literary ambitions, working with publications such as the “Evening Times” and the “Glasgow Herald”. By the 1930’s Alastair began publishing writings on his second passion, rock climbing, with Faber and Faber. His writing was notable for its unique humor and prose. When World War 2 kicked off Alastair joined the fight, quickly advancing to the rank of captain. He was responsible for a very notable feat wherein he managed to lead 600 men to a flanking position behind German lines in the Netherlands at night without the aid of maps. Alastair’s time on the battlefield served not to hamper his literary passion but to enhance it, as it inspired his second notable work in “Sans Peur”.
After the war Alastair got his start in broadcasting with the BBC, being contracted to present a three year series covering the state of Scotland. By 1952 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. By 1960 he had moved to South Ayrshire with his wife Anne, the place where he would spend the rest of his days. He continued to work on various projects in the field of television and radio broadcasting until the end of his life, writing and presenting programs on a menagerie of subjects, regarding his work on the program “Scottish Soldier”, a thirteen part series presented from the perspective of a Scottish infantryman in World War 2, as his best work in this period.
Sujit Choudhry is a globally acclaimed lawyer, speaker and author in the field of constitution building and comparative law. He has been active in the field for over three decades and has the strong belief that comparative law is one of the underused laws in today’s date while being highly relevant in modern times. He is often consulted by the governments of different countries across the globe regarding constitution building and reformation and has also participated in the constitution building process of numerous countries, including Sri Lanka, Jordan, Tunisia, Libya, and others.
He has written and spoken on many critical global issues, including Catalan secession, middle-east crisis, and political situation in Ukraine. The inputs provided by Sujit Choudhry has been widely admired and taken for consideration by many governments to resolve their ongoing crisis in countries like Sri Lanka and Ukraine. Sujit Choudhry is also the founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, one of the most notable organizations helping create awareness in the field of law about comparative law and its importance worldwide. Sujit Choudhry is also one of the first people of Indian origin to become the dean of the top law college in the United States, the Berkeley Law College.
Sujit Choudhry is not afraid to face challenges, and it is the reason why he was one of the experts to visit Sri Lanka in 2003 when it was facing problems from ethnic groups. Since he has expertise in the cultures around the world, he was asked to accompany a group of experts to help solve the problems. During that time he had to travel to remote places in Sri Lanka where they were often checked by guards with guns. But, Sujit always stood for the rights of people and wanted to do the same no matter how hard it was.
Successful entrepreneurs have some unique features. In most cases, these individuals are innovative, and they can quickly transform their ideas into powerful businesses. Nitin Khanna is the perfect description of a modern investor who has achieved so much in his career life. Nitin Khanna is currently the chief executive officer of an institution known as Merger Tech. The company is doing well in the technology market. Its founder has been in the tech industry for decades, and he has paid a vital role in helping it to grow. Apart from being very successful in business, Nitin Khanna is a leader in the Indian community. There are millions of people who look up to him whenever they need any help in business and real-life situations. The philanthropist shared his story in one of the popular websites.
What motivated Nitin Khanna to venture into business
Although Nitin Khanna is based in the United States at the moment, he was born and also raised in India. His parents took him to boarding schools in his country. His dad was in the army, and he ensured that the family did not lack anything. The technology expert noticed that the rest of his family was into business, and he loved the idea of starting his business in the future. When Nitin Khanna got a chance to travel and settle in the US, he realized that he had an opportunity to study and also acquire business skills in the best environment. By the time he was getting his masters in industrial engineering, Nitin Khanna was ready for a chance to prove his skills in the market.
In the year 1999, one of Nitin Khanna’s brother arrived in the United States. The brothers joined forced and started their first company. The software firm was known as Saber Software, and it did well in just a short time. The brothers won many contracts because they had managed to come up with ideal election software for the vast nation. Although the businessman has enjoyed so much success, he believes that he failed sometimes, but he learned from these episodes instead of giving up.
Perry Mandera has significantly shown how much of a determined entrepreneur he is. His entrepreneurial skills have led him to transform his small logistics business to a large company operating all across the US (Bing).
Beginning his now nationally operating transport company from a small business which had only two trucks and a few employees has proved how much hard working and determined he his. The Custom Transport Company now owns a fleet of more than 2000 vehicles and has employed over 100 employees. Perry Mandera began his journey as an entrepreneur after he was honourably discharged from the marines. His tasks were mainly logistics where he was tasked with sorting pieces of military equipment for transportation.
After his discharge from the army, Perry Mandera focused all his knowledge on logistics to start logistics business. By 25, Perry had become a successful business enterpriser and years later developed it into the company it now is. The Customs Company receives an annual sale of more than US$200 million and has been certified the ISO 9001:2008.
Apart from being a soldier and entrepreneur, Perry Mandera was elected the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th ward in Chicago in 1984. He, at that time, served for four years and as the youngest Republican Ward Committeeman. Perry Mandera has also been doing philanthropic works for the people of Chicago and the whole nation. He has created few branches of The Customs Company for charitable work.
Custom Cares Charitable Inc is an example of one branch known for helping disaster-stricken victims. Perry has also used The Customs Company to supply food for the California wildfires victims as well as the hurricane Katrina victims.
Perry Mandera has also been known for coaching young people in football, baseball and basketball teams. Perry Mandera has received several accolades such as an award from ITA. This award was handed down to him for his management in integrating the latest technologies into his operations in his businesses.
He was also named the “Top 100 American Transportation Executives of the Millennium.” Mandera admits that he only sleeps for four hours a day to fit in all the activities of his day on his schedule.
Rally pundits over the years have termed Sertões
Rally as the most
competitive car racing competition in the world. Apart from
attracting the best rally drivers across Brazil, it is one of the greatest
race. The 2016 edition was not different, and one of the highlights of this
competition was Michel Terpins. Many car-racing publications have described him
as one of the hardworking rally drivers, especially in the off-road category.
On this 24th edition, he did not disappoint his fans. In addition to being part
of the top five drivers, he won the second round of off-road race. Succeeding
in this category indicated that Michel Terpins is still one of the best rally
drivers in Latin America.
One of the main
feature of this racing according to racing experts is its exhausting
stretches. Unlike in other categories of rally driving, off-road is for the
well-prepared drivers. Preparing efficiently for this competition according to
Michel Terpins requires a lot of hours in training, regardless whether its
racing season or offseason. After winning this competition, Michel
Terpins acknowledged that winning meant a lot for him and his career
and training hard was not an option for him.
In addition to the competition having some of the
most exhausting stretches, it also subjected the driver to unfavorable driving
condition. These conditions according to Michel Terpins test the driver’s abilitya
to drive and persevere hard environment. According to him, he is fortunate to
come from a background that was primarily sporty. In this environment, he
learned the art of working hard and pushing his ability to limits. Driving and
competing in this particular environment was therefore bearable for him. This
ability and preparedness explain the reason why he was able to challenge some
racing facts such as time and endurance.
Apart from the competition being home to
challenges and unfavorable conditions, it was a place where coordination
between the driver and the navigator was tested. Against popular belief in the
racing world, Michel Terpins has worked with one navigator for some time now.
According to him, Fabrício Bianchini has always been one of the best team
players in the racing world.