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Why are there so few people who are successful in multiple disciplines?

People like Arnold Schwarzenegger who was former Mr. Olympia, famous actor, governor of California, savvy businessman, etc etc. You rarely see people who are professional athletes, have a PhD or Masters degree, and also run several successful businesses, or a similar variation of that like a famous musician, a model, and also medical doctor neurosurgeon

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  • 2 months ago

    Usually those who have Been fortunate enough to amass wealth and make a name for themselves tend to have more opportunities presented to them than the average person. Like people like LeBron James who gets to hobnob with Warren Buffett because of his sports fame and benefit from that relationship , or Michael Jordan who was able to become a successful businessman and get all sorts of endorsements and create brands based solely upon his name and celebrity on the basketball court. But if you start out with nothing AND aren’t naturally gifted in some potentially profitable endeavor be it sports or anything else, and your the average person working in an office or a 9 to 5 job, maybe with a family to support, what are your chances of achieving that status where you’re able to branch off into other disciplines and have people clamoring to form partnerships with you for mutual benefit? It just ain’t going to happen for the MAJORITY of people, who are just struggling to avoid homelessness.

  • 2 months ago

    To become successful even in one field, takes alot of time, energy, money and focus.

  • 2 months ago

    To become successful even in one field, takes alot of time, energy, money and focus.

  • 2 months ago

    Takes tremendous training to become a PhD or Neurosurgeon...not much time to do other things.

    Arnold used on thing to move into others. Mr. Olympia was useful in movies and he turned out to be a star. Used that same star power to become governor.

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  • 2 months ago

    probably cause it takes time just to be successful in just one of them

  • Stoo
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    2 months ago

    When you start with fame, that opens up a lot of doors, sadly. Doesn't make you particularly good at those things. Schwarzenegger was a better bodybuilder than actor or politician. And things like neurosurgery you don't just jump into - but some can span surgery and other pursuits, such as Atul Gawande or Sanjay Gupta, who are more famous being a author and TV personality than doctors. Even there though, they focus on projects and don't flit around from one to the other pursuit. Being unfocused doesn't lead to success.

  • Lili
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Partly because most people don't TRY to become successful in multiple disciplines. It takes a great deal of time to become successful in just one. As someone who holds a PhD, I can tell you that it would have been impossible for me to earn it while also handling a professional athletic career. Earning a PhD is itself a full-time job, so the pro athletes who hold advanced degrees generally earned them after their pro careers were over and they were planning to enter new careers.

    You'll notice that Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't acting or competing as a bodybuilder while he was Governor of California.

    It may also take a great deal of money. A lot of actors are also successful businesspeople but only because they have earned large sums of money that they can invest in various businesses. And they hire people to run their businesses FOR them; they don't have time to do it themselves.

    I don't think you're being very realistic about the time and financial constraints.

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