The Multidisciplinary Spectrum - Finale

TL:DR | [MASSIVE RESOURCE] Whether you find Multipotentialite appealing, polymathy to be the dream, or just want to be more of a generalist. Understanding Multidisciplinary terms is key to understanding yourself deeper. Check out this finale episode of the Mini Series the Multidisciplinary Spectrum!

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Here is a video relation to this post, as well as the PolyCast!

The Multidisciplinary Spectrum is a collection of terms based around the specialists and generalists of society. From the novicely jack of all trades to the Da Vincian Polymaths.

Where are you on the spectrum, and do you consider yourself to be a generalist, specialist or polymath?

In this finale post I believe you will find your answer, whether you know it now or not, and seeing this chart with all these terms will help a lot. The reason behind me creating this is to help people identify where they are on the scale of knowledge. It isn't a competition, but rather a spectrum of people, and helpful for employers as well to identify their "unicorns" in their companies. If you read this far in the series, then you know that people like us are everywhere.

Find out more in this grand finale of my first OmniContent Mini series! It is all about being multidisciplinary, and finding yourself on the spectrum so stick around!

You will find that this post is a MASSIVE resource!

This is purely because of the concept itself, as well as the list of links I share at the bottom. I did this for each episode with the links pertaining to each one. However I decided to put them ALL in this one at the end. To make it easier for you, so you will also find a playlist on YouTube with all the videos in this series, including one of me explaining the spectrum, as well as ALL of the videos in the various posts just listed out in the playlist.

You can find that right here:

The Multidisciplinary Spectrum, previously known as the Polymath Spectrum for a short time, is a curated spread of terms related to being multidisciplinary. Whether it is the infamous Jack of all trades, the glorified Polymath, the octopus-like multipotentialite, or even the renaissance person.

They all come together!

The only thing you need to do when reading or watching this episode is just think about yourself. Seriously, that is what I need YOU to do, and find what term you most identify with. Perhaps it is specialist, which is a bit counter-intuitive to the theme of this blog, but if that is the case then all the more power to you.

The primary purpose is to have you as the viewer be able to find a term you identify with, so that it positions you on the scale of knowledge and specialties. Then you can figure out where to go from there.

If you liked this content, and want to know more about being multidisciplinary then subscribe to this blog or the YouTube channel, or both!

Why is it important to find a term that fits you?

You could be just getting out of high school, or perhaps have gone through four careers in your life. The scale of years of your life doesn't matter if you don't have an identity. I'm not assuming anything about your life, but you have lived your life until this point where you were curious about this post/series.

You took your first step towards finding your Multidisciplinary life!

I felt compelled to pursue my dreams, and all of my various interests growing up. I was lucky there was a bit of a non-conformist in me. There are a lot of "rules", taboo actions, and just purely a having a multidisciplinary mindset is often misunderstood.

Even by other generalists.

It isn't their fault, we are raised in a society that endorses niching down. Hell even as a content creator we are told niche down, even when that isn't true to who YOU are. You must resist the conformity because there are greater doors ahead of you when you branch out.

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Jack of All Trades (Definition) | PolyInnovator
A quick run down of what a Jack/Jill of all trades means. Why it is commonly anchored to the idea of being a bad thing, but in actuality is good!

How do I use the Spectrum?

The point of it is to give you the knowledge of various terms of being multidisciplinary. Allowing you to identify one that fits you best, then you can attach it to yourself. Allowing you to feel more accepted for who you are, and realizing that pursuing many things IS OKAY.

Taking the idea of LEVELING UP to another Level.

In this article (linked in image), it talks about the various levels of polymathy that this historian concluded. Passive, Limited, Serial, "Proper", all of which focus on the idea that polymathy is achieved at various levels. Meaning that you can technically be one even if you are not quite that far along yet.

The issues with that is the ego that can form, and how others perceive it. This is where I think many people should invest some time in learning marketing, and building a personal brand. That way they can explain themselves better.

If you notice the various levels also correspond to other terms that I list in the Spectrum. Of which if you haven't seen the other episodes yet, they will be listed below!

The passive polymaths are more like the T-shaped person, having one big with a wide range. Often jack of all trades fall under this area too.

Bridging the jack of all trades and the generalist is the limited polymath.

The next I find really interesting because it is the thesis of something I talk about a lot on various podcasts I go onto. The idea that over the course of your lifetime you gradually move onto the next big specialty, and so by the end or most of the way; Then you have become an expert in many areas. Becoming a polymath over time.

The final I find the most fascinating because that is the "proper" polymath, "true" polymath, or even as I refer to it the "Universalist Polymath". Someone with many deep areas all juggling at once, but successfully. The best example I can give is Da Vinci of course!

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Building a Jack of All Trades - Polymath Personal Brand
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Here are all of the Terms to look out for

Let it be known that I am not dictating whether you should be in a certain role, place, knowledge level, or being dismissive of unique circumstances.

On average people of various terminologies below are at the levels of knowledge that I portrayed in the following chart (and in the video).

I based the scale off of what I have seen across the board, from interviewing polymathic people of all levels, talking to peers, and learning from the Polymath researchers.

Note: I may have missed some terms in this mini-series, or skipped over them as they have a similar one in this list. Those being Scanners, Linky-brains, Universalist, Sprezzatura, PolyHistor, etc. Usually I did put them in quotes in the chart.

A work in progress chart, but I simply wanted to give a visual reference.


The potential to do many things, and the curiosity of it driving the force forward. Could be Linky-Brains, could be octopotentialite, however I see it as the start of something more.

Some would maybe say that Multi's are around the Generalist level of knowledge, or more over just a state of being. Like being Multidisciplinary is often a lifestyle, rather than a descriptor or title.

I see it as the precursor to the Jack of all trades because like the JoAT, the Multi's have all their hands in all of the cookie jars. Experimenting, crossdiscipline thinking, and exploring their interests. It is beautiful.

OmniContent #5 - Multipotentialite
The multiple potentials someone has, and the interdisciplinary life they could have. This is the start of the multidisciplinary spectrum.
Home | The Octopus Movement
The Octopus Movement is a global coalition of non-linear thinkers and multipotentialites united by a desire to create positive change in the world.

Jack and Jill of All Trades

"but oftentimes BETTER than a master of one", as the saying fully goes. In this episode we talked about the misconceptions of being a JoAT, and why it is okay to pursue your various curiosities.

The belief is that if you spread yourself too thin, then you lose the depth that achieves value. However value can ALSO be attained through cross-disciplinary logic, and transcontextual thinking. Those of which you get when learning about many areas, and then comparing/contrasting them.

As you level up through the spectrum, then you go deeper in your main areas.

Jack of All Trades - The Multidisciplinary Spectrum S01E02
Master of one, or the master of none, is how the saying goes. Although does it really have to be that way? A JoAT is just one step in the Multi-Disciplinary Spectrum. Let’s see how it fits in!


It is human nature to be a generalist, and this is something we explore in that term's episode. From the birth of humanity's civilization and migration, to the modern internet era. Generalists are the key to humanity's future.

Bold words, but they are true. Specialists have their roles too, but in the past 100 years have dominated the society.

Generalists - The Multidisciplinary Spectrum S01E03
A person of many talents, and about in the middle of the Multi-Disciplinary Spectrum. How they thrust themselves onto history, and how might you make your mark as one as well. The middle ground, and the wide rangers. From the t-shaped, to the entrepreneurs.

Gentleman Scholar (+ Autodidact and Dilettante)

A term many people usually don't know, even in the polymath world. It harkens back to the days of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

An idea to be someone of high standard, both intellectually, and as a gentleman. This goes for other genders too, but originated by men. The idea often goes into the thought of someone who spends all their time learning.

Choosing to spend time learning more and more, but not necessarily doing much with it. This is an issue because pretty much every skill requires you to get out of your comfort zone, out of the learning environment, and learn by trial of fire.

People who are multidisciplinary or specialized can fall trap to this mentality, so just be aware!

Gentlemen Scholars - The Multidisciplinary Spectrum S01E04
Someone who is perpetually in school, and/or learning. However not actively pursuing to execute and do something with that knowledge. These are the dabblers and dilettantes!

Renaissance Person

The true philosophy of polymathy I would say, as a Renaissance man is someone who knows it all. Now semantically "knowing all" does mean something different now, for that would be an "omnimath" if you will.

However back in the days of the Italian Renaissance, it was theoretically possible to know all there was to know. At least to the degree of standard knowledge. Usually things like math or science it was only through experimentation and calculations that you could learn those areas. Rarely did you learn it in school, which is why Leonardo Da Vinci had to examine corpses in order to learn anatomy and ocular science.

Nowadays, with so much knowledge in the world, and the boundless/endless areas of specialized knowledge. You can't be a master of everything, although you could perhaps be a novice/JoAT level in everything. All the while still having time in life to master a few areas.

Renaissance (Wo)Men - The Multidisciplinary Spectrum S01E05
Someone who deems themselves a master of many areas, and no longer a specialist. Mastering takes ages, but is well worth it in the end. Perhaps by mastering the multiple areas, you might create something new in the process.


A person of wide ranging knowledge and/or learning, that is what it means to be a polymath. However how do you become one? This series was almost named The Polymath Spectrum after all, and it is a term that many find suits their lifestyle best. Although we gotta be careful because it takes time and effort to become one, regardless of how many areas, or how deep.

There seems to be a common understanding that it takes at least three areas, and even up to four or five.

Drawing upon a multitude of complex bodies of knowledge.

There are some great researchers in this space, that are trying to figure out how do we define a polymath? Especially in the now, as many "polymaths" were named such posthumously.

Polymaths - The Multidisciplinary Spectrum S01E06
Polymaths are the inspiration behind the Multi-Disciplinary Spectrum. Someone who is a master/expert in 3+ areas, and has an insatiable curiosity. Becoming one is to level up from wherever you are on the spectrum, and finding what things you know deep enough about!


This is more of a personal one, as I use that word as a second name for myself. Although I feel that in a 100 years if someone felt compelled to use that term it would make sense. Probably more so than polymath or polyhistor. Simply because innovation has become the game changer in the world.

Whoever is "most innovative" is the one who is most successful. Hence why many people go into specialties to find the deepest areas of that field, then to try and innovate it. Ironically most of those discoveries have been made, and now the best way to innovate is to use transcontextual thinking. Using your knowledge of other areas to help your specialty.

The PolyInnovator, or polymath of innovation ideal, is to be a contributing factor to many fields over the course of my life.

One could say that all generalists/polymaths are naturally innovative, sure, but that doesn't mean they are striving towards that.

PolyInnovator - The Multidisciplinary Spectrum S01E07
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Universalist Polymath

This is a bit more of a hotly debated one, as it is like the Da Vincian level, or a "true" polymath. Someone who has MASTERED many areas, not just an expert level, as the other Polymath would typically be around skill wise.

I like to think of it as the ultimate goal in a way, or perhaps a person with many (3-4 on average) DEEP areas of specialty. On top of that has a jack of all trades width in countless other areas. Taking the "T-Shaped" person to another level, if a T-shaped person is one tree, then the U.P. is multiple trees. A "forest of knowledge" if you will.

Here are the slides to my Multidisciplinary Spectrum Talk I did

I made this Spectrum to be INCLUSIVE...

You can use it to find where you fit in the world, and how you can progress forward in your various specialities.

Although I am sure that some viewpoints may not sit well with some, or perhaps the hyper-specialists will disagree. To is their own. I wanted to help those who haven't discovered their Multidisciplinary super powers yet, or perhaps they have and they think they "can't focus".

It isn't about focus, it is about managing time well enough to do all the things you want to do.

You will need grit to push past societal norms, as for the past 100 years it has been the century of the specialist. The best way to get it is through practice, and the compound effect. The more you do, then the stronger you become. That goes for any self-development though in life, for think of it like pushing a boulder up a mountain. Eventually you'll become as strong as Heracules!

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Find your spot on the Multidisciplinary Spectrum!

Whether you are just starting out on your journey we call life, or you have been going at it for decades and now finally have a word for how to explain yourself. Either way you are just that one step closer to fulfilling all of the potential and Ikigai.

Take a moment today to see where you fit! Are you a generalist, a specialist, a bi or tri specialist, or even a polymath?

Thank you for taking the time today to check out this AWESOME article, and the finale to my first OmniContent mini-series. Which is probably why it was so long, so good job making it through.

All you gotta do now is explore more, learn more, it doesn't matter your level there are tons of resources below that I know at least one is going to be helpful to you.

I tried to organize them a bit, and all of the videos to the best of my ability (some got deleted in the time from conception to production of this series) are on the video playlist. All of the articles/videos from all of the episodes are here, so that you don't have to try and find them all.

WARNING: There are a LOT of links here, and I have a strong gaming rig. When I first found all of these I had around 600 tabs open to get through them all. I highly suggest doing them 1-3 at a time. You don't want to overload your PC, as even with my strong PC I had it lagging, and even crashing at one point! haha

I have no particular order to this list, as everything had its place. So I'd say follow your curiosity first, and then try to go to all.

Here is the playlist again for the videos!

Pro tip: Speed up the videos to 1.5x or even 2x speed so you can get through them quicker!

New ones from this OmniContent:

The Power of Being a Generalist
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The Modern Polymath -
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Future Army Leaders: Expert Specialists or Master Generalists? - From the Green Notebook
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Why The 21st-Century Economy Needs More Polymaths
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The Specialist-Generalist Balance
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3 reasons why polymaths will dominate marketing - Design Prodigy | Digital Marketing Agency In Singapore
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Future of Work and Multipotentialites: Engage polymaths for organizational success
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These were my thoughts to this article:

I do not think it is about "Knowing Everything", that is an Omnimath, which is theoretically impossible now. It is about the tools that we use (like it says in the article), as well as learning as much as we can/want in life. We can learn so many areas, to a very deep degree, thanks to the advent of the internet. We are living in a more polymathic era, than ever before.
-Dustin M. PolyInnovator
Let’s Bring The Polymath — and the Dabblers — Back
Some of the most exciting advancements in computing right now come from the field of deep learning, and companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft are all involved because frankly, this kind of interdisciplinary approach isn’t happening in academia. Where are all the generalists, anyway?…

When You Don’t Have One True Calling (Part I) — Being a Polymath in a Highly Specialized Society
There are two types of people in this world — highly specialized individuals, and those that are jack of all trades. I fall into…neither…
When You Don’t Have One True Calling — Being a Polymath in a Highly Specialized Society (Araki’s Scientific View)
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Polymaths and Outliers in the Age of Digital Knowledge
A polymath is a master of multiple domains. Modern day polymaths (e.g. Elon Musk) are changing the world by mastering and integrating disparate domains.

Where are the polymaths hiding?
But what if you’re someone who isn’t wired this way? What if there are a lot of different subjects that you’re curious about, and many different things you want to do? Well, there…

"Generalist is Another Word for Entrepreneur"
The Expert Myth and The Rise of the Generalist - Entrepreneurship Life
Early in life, we are encouraged to choose a definite path. First, a college major. Later, we will select a specific career. The thinking is simple enough: identify an area of focus, dig into the details, and acquire domain expertise in an attempt to become a specialist. This outlook places the expe…

A Polymathic Thought Journey:

A Polymathic Thought Journey with C. Joybell C. – Part 1 – Lesson Collector
A Polymathic Thought Journey with C. Joybell C. – Part Two – Lesson Collector
— A Polymathic Thought Journey with C. Joybell C. – Part Three – Lesson Collector

This video has weird settings, so I couldn't add it to playlist

A Phenomenal Dissertation

In Pursuit of Polymaths| Understanding Renaissance Persons of the 21st Century
In Pursuit of Polymaths| Understanding Renaissance Persons of the 21st Century, Cotellessa, Angela J., 2018, The George Washington University. Copyright by the author unless stated otherwise.

Why some people are impossibly talented
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The Polymathic Method
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Why the Future Belongs to Polymaths
Reality, redundancy, and learning rate.

Old Ones from the other parts of the Mini-Series:

The Polymath: 3 Reasons To Love Being One :
If you get frustrated when people tell you to pick one thing and specialize in it, you might be a polymath. Here are my top 3 reasons to love being one.
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The Ultimate Career Choice: Generalist vs. Specialist
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Radical Curiosity and The Modern Polymath
There seems to be a polymathic nature to architects and designers. The modern renaissance man and woman. It’s a quality almost inseparable from our field, is it not? As I thought about this idea, I wondered if it was possible to be an architect and not have broad interests. Can one merely be...
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The Polymath
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Modern Polymaths
Being better in the modern world

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In Defense of Polymaths
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How to Become a Modern Day Polymath
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The polymath in the age of specialisation
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The future is polymath | Luminary Labs
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We live in a one-track world, but anyone can become a polymath | Aeon Essays
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Polymath - Wikipedia
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You’ve probably heard the derogatory saying “Jack of all trades, master of none.” It implies that by trying to learn many things, you give up mastery of any of them. Quora designer David Cole says this is a myth.
The Surprising Benefits (and Pitfalls) of Being a “Jack of All Trades”
People look down on the multitalented—even the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” has a bit of a negative caveat. But there are a lot of hidden perks that come with being a Jack. These are the best reasons you might want to reconsider the notion that a Jack of All Trades can’t be equally as…
It’s OK to be a Jack of all Trades
In the software development industry or any other related industries requiring software technical skills of some sort, there are normally…
Jack Of All Trades or Master of One?
That age old question: how many pies should one have a thumb in?

‘One True Calling’ Isn’t For All: 5 Talented ‘Jack of all Trades’ - Do Good Jobs - NZ’s #1 ethical jobs board
You’ve probably heard the saying “jack of all trades, master of none”, but do you know there’s an additional line? Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one The addition of seven words turns an insult into encouragement. Fingers in lots of pies? Great! Pies are…
Jack of All Trades, Master of None
…often better than a master of one

Jack of all trades has been actively involved for decades
He turned a hobby into a business
The fallacy of being a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ developer - Parker Software
‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ is an idiom that’s becoming pervasive in development. But does it draw a line that doesn’t need to exist?
Jack the Master of all Trades | Hacker Noon
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Is Being a Jack of All Trades Good or Bad? Here’s My Take
Splitting your time and energy is a choice with consequences and benefits. Here are the ups and downs of my experience as a jack of all trades.
Jack of All Trades, Master of None: Why Every New Skill Doubles Your Chance of Success
When it comes to learning new skills, “quantity is better than quality.” Become a jack of all trades, and create your own unique skillset that separates you from everyone else.

Looking back, I can see why this series took me so long. I thought it solely was due to my procrastination, or even laziness, but to be fair to myself this was A LOT to go through. I am forever glad I did, and I truly hope you learned something valuable today!

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