Are You a “Jack-Of-All-Trades” or a Multipotentialite?
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Are You a “Jack-Of-All-Trades” or a Multipotentialite?

Written by Emilie

Topics: Confidence

This post is part of the Declaration of You Blog Lovin’ tour. More deets at the bottom.


There are two ways to look at someone with many interests.

The first is to see their indecision, lack of direction, and time and money they have spent on abandoned pursuits and feel sorry for them. Poor chap, just can’t seem to get it together. “Jack-of-all-trades, master of none,” as the saying goes.

As the person with many passions, you can try to fit yourself within a specialist framework. To do one thing very well and deny all of your other loves. Denying who you are will inevitably make you unhappy. But at least you will “make sense” to the outside world, right?

Luckily, there’s a second option…

The second way of looking at someone with many interests is to see them as a creative, out-of-the-box thinker with a rich, dynamic life. It’s to see them in their broader social and historical context. From Aristotle to Ben Franklin, this person is part of a long lineage of plural-passionate innovators, radical thinkers and leaders. Because of the increased ability to synthesize new ideas, having many passions predisposes one toward innovation.

As the person with many interests, you can celebrate it, see it as a gift, and use it. You can draw from your diverse background and unique mishmash of skills to do remarkable work and positively impact the world– not to mention having a blast along the way!

Deny or Celebrate, these are your options.

When you embrace the term multipotentialite, you are saying to the world that you are proud to be this way. You are choosing to celebrate who you are.

Your Turn

When did you make the choice to celebrate, rather than deny your multipotentiality?


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  1. Arnold S. says:

    I am often alienated by loved ones and friends. They simply feel like I do too much. And honestly before I found this blog and community, I was getting ready to admit to myself there is something wrong with me. Thankyo u for this blog, because of this, I no longer feel crazy, rather I feel empowered to continue on my journey with a more proud air about my gifts.

  2. Justin N. says:

    I am 28, I started working at 15, and I’ve had about 16 jobs in my life (one that I stayed at for more than 5 years). I can not work for somebody else because I either get bored or feel like I could run their company better than they could or I get pissed and quit. I’ve even had a few jobs that I mastered and quit because I am narcissistic thinker and I felt that I could use my skills to climb other ladders or venture down other avenues with them however that never works…

    People like me have a pocket full of million dollar ideas but never a dime to implement them.

    what to do… what to do???

  3. Did you know, the CORRECT AND FULL saying goes:
    Jack of all trades,
    master of none,
    oftentimes better,
    than master of one.

    Look it up. It originates from the navy, where they would highly value a jack of all trades on their ship as he could turn his hand to anything asked of him.

    Food for thought there.

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