Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Scanners and Divers


""Scanners love to read and write, to fix and invent things, to design projects and businesses, to cook and sing, and to create the perfect dinner party." This is how author Barbara Sher describes people who get passionate about anything and everything. People, who want to do a million things at the same time and can't decide on just one career or passion to occupy them for the rest of their lives.

Scanners often perceive specialization as limiting, or even boring. They explore many different ideas and learn new things constantly. Once they feel satisfied with their skill level, which can be quite advanced, they have no trouble abandoning their achievements. The world is too big, life is too short and they're on their way to the next exciting idea.

Divers, in contrast, do the opposite according to Ms Sher. They become completely absorbed in a field of their choosing and are often found in professions that require highly specialized skills, such as scientists, musicians, dentists(!) and athletes amongst others. While scanners explore the world broadly, divers explore in depth."

I'm a scanner - though I think I'd prefer to be a diver! Barbara Sher is the author of several books including one called " I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was" which describes the way I often feel! The full article that Annekata referenced can be found here .

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