There is a common debate of the future of work; Who will win, the generalist or the specialist? There are pros and cons for both answers, and the sweet spot might be just in the middle, but for the generalists out there, you are great and here's why:
1. You survive in unfamiliar conditions
When discussing the animal kingdom, each creature falls somewhere between of a generalist and a specialist. For example, a Koala survives with an extremely restricted environment considering it's diet (entirely eucalyptus leaves) and the climate (fairly warm) where it lives. A rat on the other hand is a generalist as it survives almost anywhere. It can eat your dinner for breakfast and relax in freezing Finland. Even you might struggle with that...
As a conclusion, generalists feel confident in almost every situation, while specialists thrive in perfect conditions. Todays business world moves extremely fast and the need for new skills may be updated every three months. Thus, adapting to a completely new environment is natural for someone who can operate in various different settings compared to a specialist who is focused in a niche section. Being agile and dynamic are trends in organizations and STARTUP's, so why not individuals?
2. You are a great innovator
In GENERAL, GENERALISTS are fabulous innovators. They are able to combine their knowledge from multiple areas and develop a holistic vision of a product and service, of the market and ultimately, of the world. Generalists are visionaires.
When you are able to add the content from physics, mathematics, biology, arts and psychology and give context to it, you are capable of building successful businesses. Generalists are not occupied with a narrow specialist perspective of the world, but they are given the gift to realize the big picture. Think of Elon Musk or Steve Jobs. Without underestimating their phenomenal skills and recognizing them as magnificent talent, they both showed strong indicators of a generalist. You have to understand the why, not only the what.
3. You are a charismatic leader
What makes a great leader? What traits do natural leaders have? How do they act? In GENERAL, leaders can deliver a message that somehow just makes sense. The message builds trust, it answers the question thoroughly and ultimately it solves the problem with complete satisfaction.
As a generalist, you understand your employees, your clients and even your friends. You have the skill to treat every stakeholder with a different point of view, with a different message without mixing and hurting your overall goal. This is possible only if you have information from several sources, industries and areas, and if you know how to transform that information to knowledge and finally to wisdom. And what does wisdom attract? It attracts followers. Take a look at Gautama Buddha, Socrates or Benjamin Franklin.
All in all, we need specialists and generalists in order to create something of great magnitude. We need each other, as we are all connected in our planet. Even quantum physics tries to explain that.