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The Multipotentialite Resume: Part 1

8 February 2016

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The Multipotentialite Resume: Part 1

A show of hands: who here struggles with presenting their diverse skills and experiences on paper? Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded resume; the bane of many a multipotentialite’s existence. As a multipod, how do you share all that you’ve done/can do in a coherent way? Should you include all of your “past lives,” or leave things […]

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How to Stay Calm when Giving a TED Talk (or Doing Anything High-Pressure)

1 June 2015

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How to Stay Calm when Giving a TED Talk (or Doing Anything High-Pressure)

I couldn’t sleep the night before my TED talk. I woke up around 4am and floated in and out of sleep for the rest of the night. My mind was whirling. I tried meditation, yoga, tea, took a bath. It wasn’t happening. I was slotted to speak second-to-last the next day, at nearly 6pm. It […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Friends and Family Members who Disapprove of Your Multipotentiality

4 August 2014

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The Ultimate Guide to Dealing with Friends and Family Members who Disapprove of Your Multipotentiality

Every multipotentialite knows how it feels to share a new interest or endeavor with someone and receive a blank stare or a look of disapproval. You’re studying to become a physiotherapist? But I thought you were happy working at that tech company? That seemed like a good career… You’re in an art program. Why would […]

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How To Make Money as a Multipotentialite

10 March 2014

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How To Make Money as a Multipotentialite

There’s a certain question that arises the moment you realize you’re a multipotentialite. It goes something like this: “I’m a multipod, great! But um… Now, how do I make a living?” The “work question” is almost certainly the biggest, most pressing, anxiety-inducing issue that multipotentialites face. There are an innumerable number of ways of structuring […]

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“What do you do?” How To Introduce Yourself when You’re a Multipotentialite

19 August 2013

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“What do you do?” How To Introduce Yourself when You’re a Multipotentialite

Most of us hate being asked what we do. I mean, how do you introduce yourself when there are a dozen different roles that you might assume on a regular basis and “what you do” is constantly changing? Unlike your peers, you may not have one easy-to-summarize job title, or there may not be one […]

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Have You Made this Common Multipotentialite Mistake?

27 June 2013

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Have You Made this Common Multipotentialite Mistake?

I’d always thought it was normal to dive head first into five projects at once. Doesn’t everyone work like this? No, I later found out. Apparently they don’t. While being a multipotentialite is fantastic, it does present certain challenges. Unfortunately in our modern, specialist-oriented world, we’re often left feeling unprepared for how to handle your […]

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The Dogged Defense of Mastery, and the Fear Lurking Behind it

28 January 2013

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The Dogged Defense of Mastery, and the Fear Lurking Behind it

Some people get really angry when they hear my ideas. Now, I have no interest in forcing specialists to lead multidisciplinary lives. Specialists should indeed specialize because it’s who they are. Multipotentialites, on the other hand, should not. We should all design our lives in a way that meshes with who we are, and not […]

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How Do I Know if I’m a True Multipotentialite?

8 October 2012

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How Do I Know if I’m a True Multipotentialite?

Occasionally I hear from someone who is unsure if they qualify as a multipotentialite. Maybe they have been involved in one area for a while now, and their pattern is starting to look more specialist in nature. Other times, it’s someone who is convinced that they are just broken. They seem to think, “Sure, there’s […]

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