According to Meyers-Briggs, I’m an INTP: Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiver. According to various sources, INTPs are known for having a variety of interests, none holding their deep attention for long. That probably describes me fairly well. I have a lot of interests, that I cycle through as time goes by. While this isn’t a bad thing necessarily, it does run counter to a lot of advice about the virtues of specialization. By nature, specialization would be very difficult for me. I would get bored. I wonder whether my various interests are a plus or minus from a career perspective. My gut feeling is that specialization would benefit me, and that my renaissance man tendencies work against me. That’s OK, there is more to life than work.
Thankfully, I’ve managed to keep active in a variety of things, keeping myself from being bored. I still have a long list of things I’d like to do as well, so I don’t see any boredom coming my way very soon. I wish I could integrate my various interests into my work life more, but I’m hopeful that will come with time.