What is “The Polymath Ideal”?
Centuries ago, it was considered ideal to be well versed in multiple fields. This was at its height during the Renaissance, so giants like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo come to mind here. These guys were great at everything. In fact, Leonardo was an engineer, artist, botanist, writer, just to name a few of the fields he mastered.
I see our society as one in which we are basically on a large conveyor belt. We start with school, where we have our creativity (mostly) stamped out, then higher education where we specialise, and on to the workforce where we become good employees. Basically, I see us as being in a system that wants to mass produce good workers. This blog is my way of showing others that there is another way.
The Polymath Ideal is the concept of being a serial learner and achieving mastery in multiple fields.
And the Purpose of this Blog is.. What Exactly?
I want to inspire people.
I’ve spent a lot of time wondering why I couldn’t pick one thing and specialise. When someone asked me what I wanted to become, I’d have a sinking feeling. I couldn’t understand why I had to pick one thing, when I have so many interests!
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to specialise, so this blog is about more than just being against the trend. It’s about discovering your own truth, learning, and finding meaning.
Right now, my interest is in figuring out the truth and to learn about myself and the world around me. I also want to push myself to find my limits and encourage others to do the same. At the same time, I’m also trying to look for meaning, and this one way to document the journey I’m on.
I believe that we have boundless potential to do incredible things with our lives. When I started this blog, I wasn’t quite sure what it would be about. It has evolved to become about my journey of discovery and the process of learning and adapting.
If I can inspire one person to take up the challenge, open their minds, and explore their potential, then I’ve succeeded in terms of the purpose of this blog!
Mhm.. Who Are You?
I’m Sanjay, and I’m a curious person. Welcome to my blog!
I’m a writer, and avid self-optimisation enthusiast, and as I’ve found most recently, I can best be described as a multipotentialite. What exactly does that mean?
It’s someone who doesn’t have one calling, but find themselves interested in so many things. It’s someone who doesn’t want to be limited to one thing, and instead wants to explore anything and everything.
On this blog, you’ll find me working on various challenges like the Tracking Happiness Challenge, Mental Math Challenge, and a couple more that I’m working on now, like learning French in 12 weeks, and learning to code in Python!
What got you interested in this?
This quest was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, possibly the most famous polymath or “Renaissance Man”, or more commonly known today as “Renaissance Person”. The man could do everything. Look it up, the number of fields he mastered is as long as a week’s list of groceries. Unless you don’t buy groceries, in which case that analogy would seem far less impressive to you.
Not only was Leonardo interested in multiple fields, he was also proficient in them. When I first discovered this about him, I was inspired to become a polymath myself.
Since then, I have dabbled in a few fields, including music, art, acting, philosophy, languages, martial arts, personal finance, and cooking, to name a few examples.
Along the way, I’ve learned that in order to do this, it’s extremely important to constantly evolve, adapt, and improve myself.
Do you do this weird Q&A thing in all your blog posts?
Nope. Okay, maybe sometimes. But it’s very rare, I promise.
What if I want to get in touch?
I’m always happy to meet new people and strike up a conversation. Whether you want to tell me that you love/hate me and my work, give me advice, ask for advice (not recommended), or simply to say hello, you can reach me through the Contact page.