In The Wonderbox, cultural historian Roman Krznaric makes a very strong case for why we should aim to be ‘wide achievers’, rather than high achievers. He argues that those who specialize in a very niche area or field risk cutting themselves off from other rewarding and valuable career experiences. In Krznaric’s view, we should strive to gain experiences in a number of diverse areas, in order to learn about ourselves and find meaning in our work. Roman himself has had many jobs ranging from gardening to academia, and refers to himself as a ‘serial specialist’.
In this short lecture, Roman discusses how we can find fulfilling work, and explores the ways in which it is better to be a ‘wide achiver’ than a high achiever.