Someone I’m advising asked me this morning how to build a wide base of knowledge across many subjects and disciplines. Here was my answer:
The short answer is that you need to be curious. Specifically:
- Read widely.
- Ask people what they are working on and dig in to understand. Ask lots of questions. Spend lots of time listening.
- Work on your memory. If your memory isn't that great, take lots of searchable notes.
- Build good relationships with people who you can ask about things.
- Build up mental models: Conceptual understandings of how things are structured and work.