These 15 Men Are Proof of Why You Shouldn't Stick to Just One Career Path - Men's Health Magazine Australia

These 15 Men Are Proof of Why You Shouldn’t Stick to Just One Career Path

The polymaths hall of fame.

Among these men you can count some of history’s greatest minds, people whose discoveries and breakthroughs expanded our understanding of the world: Newton, Galileo, Aristotle, Darwin and, of course, arguably the greatest polymath of them all, da Vinci, who once said: “Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses  –  especially learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else”.

The polymath legacy of achievement continues today. Michigan State University researchers found that Nobel Prize-winning scientists are significantly more likely to sing, dance, act, create visual art, write poetry and be a musician than the average scientist.

One of the many advantages the polymath enjoys over the specialist, is the ability to draw on knowledge and expertise from diverse fields to tackle problems from a myriad of angles.

So, whether you want to reclaim a dream, pursue an interest you’ve always been curious about or make a career change, the onus is on you to open up new dimensions of your being.

Like the high-achieving men that follow, you’ll give yourself a greater chance at finding personal fulfilment, be better placed to make a tangible contribution to society, and, not insignificantly, be better company at dinner parties. 

Dr Vyom Sharma

Dr Vyom Sharma, 34, is a Melbourne GP and an award-winning magician who’s performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was a grand finalist on Australia’s Got Talent. He’s also a health commentator and writer. While his fields are distinct, his skills often overlap.

Isaac Newton

Mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, author.


Philosopher with work spanning physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, poetry, politics, meteorology and geology, among others.

Elon Musk

Businessman, industrial designer, engineer.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor, architect.

Marie Curie

Physicist, chemist.

Florence Nightingale

Nurse, statistician, theologian.

Charles Darwin

Naturalist, geologist and biologist

Steve Jobs

Benjamin Franklin

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Rock

Nick Bostrom

Dr Chris Brown

By Ben Jhoty

Ben Jhoty, Men’s Health’s Head of Content, attempts to honour the brand’s health-conscious, aspirational ethos on weekdays while living marginally larger on weekends. A new father, when he’s not rocking an infant to sleep, he tries to get to the gym, shoot hoops and binge on streaming shows.

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