APB Speaker David Epstein Debuts Weekly Newsletter on a Wide Range of Topics
28 Sep 2021
New York Times bestselling author, performance expert and APB exclusive speaker David Epstein has recently launched a new weekly newsletter. Range Widely is available live on Bulletin. It is designed to help readers expand their personal range and find interests they didn't know they had.
Epstein says he’s writing the newsletter because he loves to expand his own range and encounter ideas that aren’t otherwise part of his daily work.
“Each week, I’ll help you think about something outside of your field,” Epstein says. “It might be a surprising scientific finding about breaking bad habits; a look at why one of the most successful writers in the world would abandon her native language; or a tool for quickly smoking out nonsense in the news. Some weeks, it will be more topical, like my conversation with an Olympic gold medalist (prompted by Simone Biles) about how certain mental tools that Olympians employ in competition can backfire in other aspects of life.”
Throughout his career, Epstein has made it his mission to uncover the keys to achieving high performance in any profession or fast-changing environment—knowledge that has become essential to educating, developing and retaining the workforce of the future.
He is the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. The book examines the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and Nobel laureates. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.
Epstein is also the author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, in which he tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it.
Epstein was previously the host of Slate‘s popular “How To!” podcast, and a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica. Prior to that, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he co-authored the story that revealed Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His TED Talks have been viewed more than 10 million times.