# What is a generalist?

A jack of many trades. Knows enough of a subject and can recognise where it is applicable, and the principles under which it can be applied. Not an authority on it though.

Widely read. Has mental models or heuristics of the world. Can articulate the models with some level of competence.

Knows enough people who know more about the subject. May or may not have direct access to those specialists.

Breadth of knowledge & experience.

Self-confident, and able to hold one’s own. Not afraid to say “I don’t know the details”.

Ambitious, perhaps?