Specialization happens when we limit our breadth of focus, and put all our energy in one direction. By keeping our attention an inch wide, we are able to go a mile deep.
And the greatest achievements in the world are there result of specialization. It’s a great strategy.
Until we get stuck.
Too much time given to too narrow a focus, and we stall out; we suffocate.
Expansion is the antidote: breaking free of the familiar and getting uncomfortable again. Returning to the surface for a breath, then moving laterally and submerging in some new challenge.
The trap is in thinking one is better than the other.
Stay too deep for too long, and we run out of breath. But if we return to the surface and move laterally every time it gets hard to swim further down, there’s a whole world below that we’re missing.