7 advantages of Renaissance thinking

‘Always think outside the box and embrace opportunities that appear, wherever they might be.’  Lakshmi Mittal

In yesterday’s blog post, I introduced the concept of Renaissance thinking, and talked about how a range of legacy creators (e.g. Leonardo da Vinci; Goethe; Lewis Caroll; J.R.R. Tolkien; Cher) who have embraced it as part of their approach to creating legacy.

Here are 7 advantages of embracing Renaissance thinking:

1. Everything is connected. By gaining in-depth knowledge of more than one domain, you start seeing the connections and point them out – which is how some of the most enduring legacies arise.

 2. Skills are transferable. What you have learned in one domain can be used in others. This is particularly useful if you realise what your true passion is at a late stage in your life and are back to starting a career from scratch.

3. It helps you to become a Trust Agent. The term is coined by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith in their book by the same name. Among others, Trust Agents are really good at connecting people belonging to several networks, thereby becoming indispensable as a go-between for those they are connecting. 

 4. You can benefit from the cumulative effect of diverse knowledge. The more areas you have an in-depth knowledge of, the easier it is to make the first steps in new areas – due to the ‘everything is connected’ principle once again.

5. You have better long-term prospects. Most people are no longer in one job for life any longer. Renaissance thinking allows you the flexibility to adapt your knowledge quickly to new situations. 

6. Helps you be ‘in the know’ about lots of stuff. This can be really cool at parties; or really annoying, depending on how you play it 😉

7. Leads to a diverse circle of friends. Probably one of the most enjoyable advantages of embracing Renaissance thinking.  

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, I am quite biased towards Renaissance thinking – so if it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. The view that you should focus on one thing, and one thing only, is becoming quite popular nowadays due to all the distractions we are surrounded with (by the way, remember: Renaissance thinking is not about dipping in and out of things; it is about gaining in-depth knowledge in more than one area). So don’t worry if Renaissance thinking is not your thing. Just be aware of this particular approach, and keep an open mind towards it – at some point in your life you might find it useful.

 The time is now.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com