Why a specialisation is important?

Cricket is a religion in India. While its all glamorous on TV, the real ground where each individual felt special was in the “building cricket” sessions. It was a moment-of-truth situation at all times — your friends crowned you the hero or zero in each session.

These sessions also introduced us to the very first “IPL-style bidding” process, in which we were the items of value. Two strongest players were captains and they selected the teams, via the process of alternate choosing, from the pool of options. I was constantly the last one to get picked, primarily because of my (lack of) skills with the bat and ball.

However, the ones who got picked first up were those who were either great batsmen or bowlers (good fielders never had much value till we heard of Mohammed Kaif). This was the first time, life introduced us to the importance of specialisation.

Having special skills makes you well, special! If you are a designer, your contribution cannot be replicated by a data analyst. If you are a flute player, you will be in demand in the band. If you are a great HR and can understand employee issues very well, then you will remain a key asset of the company and will be someone whom theCEO will want to meet at all times. Such is the power of specialisation.

Great generalists are valuable not because they are generalists but because they have the ability to become a specialist.

So, the next time you are faced with a dilemma of picking between a generalist role vs a specialist role, take the path of specialising and work hard to become the number 1 in the world in that specialisation.

In my building, whenever we had to play with the rubber ball, I got picked first because I could spin the ball more with a rubber ball. All I had to do was get the rubber ball.