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  1. Yes, I think this is quite realistic, but in areas that are adjacent to each other. Becoming a true professional, an expert in a particular field, takes quite a long time and requires a very high energy consumption for developing knowledge and honing your skills.

    If the spheres are diametrically opposed, then this becomes difficult to the extent that these areas of human activity may be incompatible: if you take an already existing surgeon, then it will be extremely difficult to cultivate a talented architect or engineer in him.

    If we talk about people who are experts in several fields, I can safely mention the name of Anatoly Alexandrovich Wasserman, who, as it seems to me, knows absolutely everything, judging by the number, volume and diversity of his scientific articles.

  2. The answer is quite banal. It is possible, but very difficult. From some professions, this is quite required. For example, an anesthesiologist and a doctor and quite a chemist. Engineers at CERN often specialize in several areas at the same time. Or, for example, directors of large IT companies, such as Google, Yandex, UBER specialists in business and IT at the same time

  3. It is possible and even necessary for a fully developed person, but with one caveat. You need to present yourself as a specialist, but you must be a generalist.

    Imagine that a massage therapist offers his services to you, but in the course of the conversation it turns out that he is also a photographer, a cook, and a teacher of, say, French. All other things being equal, will you trust him more than a person who is “only” a massage therapist? Of course not, we are used to trusting only specialists. In terms of presenting yourself, your work, and your services, commercialization is the most important selling factor.

    At the same time, the specialist is blind to the future, he lives in the past. A specialist in aviation safety, for example, is aware of the contents of numerous volumes, laws, state standards and instructions, and is able to warn management about all possible types of accidents that have already occurred in the past, and even draw up instructions on how to respond to each of them. But even the best experts in the world could not see in advance that, for example, the combination of square portholes and their fastening on rivets leads to the fact that aircraft built in this way like to fall. The Beatles were notoriously rejected by Decca Records early in their career with the rationale that “the time for guitar quartets is over.” The management of Xerox and IBM believed that the global market for copiers was no more than 5,000 units. All of these people were recognized experts in their respective fields at the time of decision-making.�

    This is because, as other respondents have already correctly noted, new ideas and approaches, the opportunity to look into the future, are born at the junction of areas. For creative professions and senior managers, narrow specialization is particularly disastrous.

  4. I agree with the opinion that it is possible. As a striking example for me, I can cite Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the leader of the Okean Elzi group. He is a candidate of physical and mathematical sciences, his dissertation is devoted to one of the problems of theoretical physics-electron supersymmetry. At the same time, I would call Slava the best singer of Ukraine today. How a physicist and a lyricist can get along in one person is absolutely incomprehensible to me.

  5. Any full-cycle production facilities, from large to small, have such specialists at their disposal! Almost always these are overlapping areas, such as Chemistry and physics (of course, in those parts that solve a certain problem), but transfer this person only to chemistry and he will easily do this, just like with physics…

    Any heads of services related to consolidation, on duty they have to become specialists in all areas included in their block! Not everyone has enough competencies and innate skills, but there are such people!

    I would like to note that this feature does not depend so much on education (although of course it does), but on the actual abilities of the individual.

    That is, not everyone who has several degrees is a professional in them (or even in one)… And at the same time, every professional in several fields most often has an education in these areas..

    Once again, professionalism has nothing to do with your education, even if you have at least 10 higher education institutions and doctoral degrees.

    Also, the very definition of a professional in his field “is a kind of vague formulation” and who can be considered a professional and who can not – is not very defined!�

    If you attach �just to words, then any person with a trained and �mastered profession is a professional, but the question is not about that =)….

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