When you were at junior school, you may have been tasked with the experiment of taking a bean seed and growing it into a plant of its own.

It amazed me how quickly the seed turned into a plant and began bearing seeds of its own. All this experiment required was a seed, a bit of cotton wool, some water, a small pop plant, patience and some discipline.

Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking about the term “generalist” and what this means in today’s world. There is often a fair bit of pressure from society to specialise and focus on one element or field.

Challenging this pressure isn’t always easy and there are trade-offs involved. In my journey through life so far, I have learnt a tremendous amount from being able to be involved in different circles and projects. It challenges you to think broadly and to look for links where at first there may seem like there aren’t any. (May be we weren’t looking properly in the first place)

Here’s something to ponder.

“Jack of all trades, master of none. Often better than master of one”

In the ever-evolving digital world we can gain insights and lessons from the world around us and specifically lessons from nature. Organisms over the years have adapted to changing environments – evolving, developing response mechanisms, and forming partnerships.

Biomimicry is the term used to describe elements of this. It is a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature to solve human design challenges. At first you may think that this practice is only relevant to science laboratories, but think a bit deep and notice how intertwined ecosystems really are.

So, as we continue to plant seeds in our day to day life let’s think more about how we can learn from and support those around us… after all the world is all inter-connected and far smaller than it may seem.

Here are a few podcasts that you may find valuable.

Two interesting articles worth a read.

Are You Seeing Way More Ads on Twitter? Here’s Why.

How to Cure Your Addiction to Your Comfort Zone

Have a splendid week!