About Emilie Wapnick

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Hi, I’m Emilie. Thanks for swinging by my digital home.

I don’t like labels, but if I had to describe myself, I’d probably use some combination of artist, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and coach.

I also play a few different instruments, I’m taking a chemistry class, and I occasionally design a website or two.

But all of this could change tomorrow.

That’s why I don’t like labels. Because I am not one thing. Chances are that if you’re here, you aren’t one thing either.

Multipotentialite” is the Only Accurate Label for Me

The only constant in my life is shape-shifting, exploration and evolution. I went from being a serious musician and songwriter to a web designer, filmmaker, writer, and law student (I graduated from the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 2010). After that, I became interested in entrepreneurship, launched a business, became a coach, and wrote a book.

All of these pursuits were personal choices that I made out of genuine interest. Even law began as a fascination. My aim was not to become a lawyer, but to simply explore this new interest of mine.

There’s something that draws me to each of my interests and it’s not “excellence.” I have no interest in committing to one thing forever. Once I no longer feel inspired in a field, I simply move on. Some people call this “quitting,” I call it growth.

This is how I’ve always lived– moving from interest to interest, building on my skills in different areas, and synthesizing the knowledge I acquire along the way.

I currently live in a Boler trailer in Portland, OR with my schnauzer, Grendel.

My Vision for the Puttylike Community

In September 2010, I launched Puttylike as a way of bringing together the multipotentialite community. I wanted to share the tools and resources I’d learned, which allow me to integrate all of my interests into my life– everything from productivity techniques to confidence building, dealing with naysayers, building a business around your passions, and designing a real life that matches your ideal life.

I want multipotentialites to stop beating themselves up about being unable to find their “one true calling” or fit into a box. I want them to see that their diverse background and insatiable curiosity isn’t some huge failing, but that there’s a very good reason for it…

Not only is your multipotentiality not a curse, but you can actually use it as fuel for your life and income. Once you stop fighting your scanner nature and embrace it, you’ll find yourself working on projects that are deeply meaningful. You’ll feel a sense of purpose that you never thought possible.

Multipotentialites Have a Responsibility to Innovate

Steve Jobs once defined creativity as “connecting things,” and said that sadly, most people don’t have enough dots to connect because they haven’t had many diverse experiences. (Check out the whole quote, it’s great.)

Innovation happens when you take knowledge from one field and use it to solve a problem in a completely unrelated field.

To stifle your puttylike nature is a crime, not just in terms of limiting your own potential, but to society as a whole. As multipotentialites, we must use our gift to innovate. It’s in our genes.

Innovation is the reason you’ve been blessed with this trait, and it’s what you’ve been called on to do. Never forget that.

Your pal and fellow multipotentialite,


p.s. You can find me on Twitter @emiliewapnick and Facebook. I love connecting with other amazing multipods, so don’t hesitate to say hi.

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