Are You a Multipotentialite?

Multipotentialite

When you were a child how did you answer the question,

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Were you quick to answer “veterinarian” or “ballerina” or were you part of the group that couldn’t decide? From the first time I was asked that question until now, I’ve wanted to be a marine biologist, a writer, an archeologist, a journalist, a teacher, a mother, and a business owner.

If you have a lot of interests and talents, should you double down and focus on one to the exclusion of others? No way! You just need to learn a new term for yourself, you’re a multipotentialite.

Being a multipotentialite means you have multiple skills and many interests. You may have numerous careers in different fields throughout your lifetime. If you’re a Millennial, this is almost a guarantee. The new normal is four job changes by the time you’re 32, according to CNN.

I recently watched a great Ted talk on being a multipotentialite. The speaker, Emilie Wapnick, talks about how she’s had many different interests throughout her lifetime. She didn’t want to be limited by the “what do you want to do when you grow up?” conversation. Instead, she believes that her varied interests give her a competitive advantage.

She talks about how she would find a topic she was interested in and spend a lot of time learning about it. When she started to master the topic, it would become boring and she’d want to move on to the next thing. I’ve experienced the same thing throughout my life. Each new thing I learnt would completely captivate my attention until I felt comfortable with it and then it would lose its shine. Soon after, I’d find something else to focus on.

These interests have overlapped to make me a more well-rounded person. For a long time, I felt like my passions were random and unrelated. I still haven’t integrated everything that I’m passionate about into my daily life or my career. I want to do more with nonprofits and become more involved in my local community. I enjoy public speaking and want to have more opportunities to do it. I’m also passionate about education. Some of these passions are active in my day-to-day while others may come into play in the future.

As a multipotentialite how do you approach life?

  • Keep pursuing whatever strikes your fancy. Follow any leads! Research your interests, get involved, and keep adding to your list of passions.
  • Don’t get overwhelmed by all of your passions, instead, focus on one thing at a time. For a few months, concentrate on the passion that makes you most excited and gets you motivated to put in work. Follow that thread and it will lead to other passions. You may not be able to see how things will connect, but eventually, they will.
  • Appreciate your unique point of view and zest for life. You are a lifelong learner and will never be bored.
  • If you can find the intersection of your passions, you’ll find a career that will be fulfilling and very successful. Not looking for a new job? Think of ways you can incorporate your passions into your current career. Could your report writing be more creative? Could you get involved with a special interest group within your company? If you have spare time after work, could you start a hobby or side hustle to pursue your passions?

Let me know, are you a multipotentialite? How do you combine your passions into one cohesive life?

6 thoughts on “Are You a Multipotentialite?

  1. “Are You a Multipotentialite?” – Yes I am!! Never know about the title but… 😀
    Multipotentialite…this wierd word itself represent this confused sometimes chaotic life. Being this multi person sound good and it does comes with a lot of opportunities…but for a long time its just confusing! It made me feel like I dont have a real goal in life coz I couldnt choose between all my interests. It made me feel like just wondering around. But I learned to enjoy my opportunity to change when I feel like to! It can be a blessing 🙂

  2. Hi Erin and other multipotentialites,

    I was reading through your website and found your story fascinating. I have my own website called multipotentialites.com where I invite multipotentialites to share their life story along with a pic so the world knows about your life and get some inspiration.

    There are several million people who are still working as specialists when they are actually multipods. As a result, most of them get frustrated without knowing about the multipotentialite calling of your soul. My observation is your story can inspire several people out there.

    You can provide me a story article on your life and my work will be to publish it and spread it through my website. There could be nothing better when you share your story and inspire beings to embrace multipotentiality. I will wait for your reply. If you wish, I will share not your personal details like address, contact so you can trust me.

    Please feel free to visit my website and e-mail me at onkar@multipotentialites.com OR multipotentialites@gmail.com

    Multipotentialite Pal

    Onkarjot

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