I believe Gilder's quote has in mind entrepreneurs. An employee who learns what is beneath his or her boss may have job security, but probably won't be paid that much.
"Wealth too often comes from doing what other people consider insufferably boring or unendurably hard. ... Most people consider themselves above learning the gritty and relentless details of life that allow the creation of wealth. They leave it to the experts. But in general you join the one percent of the one percent not by leaving it to the experts but by creating new expertise, not by knowing what the experts know but by learning what they think is beneath them." -- George Gilder, Wealth and Poverty, emphasis added
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