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“I Never Finish Anything”: How to Stop Feeling Guilty about All of Your Unfinished Projects

28 September 2016

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“I Never Finish Anything”: How to Stop Feeling Guilty about All of Your Unfinished Projects

Many (many) years ago, I decided to take up wood carving. I went to a local arts store, bought a bunch of tools and materials and things… and then promptly did absolutely nothing with them. Ever. The sole lasting legacy of this tiny episode is that whenever I remember it, I feel guilty forever, even though […]

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Are You More of a Phoenix than an Octopus?

15 August 2016

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Are You More of a Phoenix than an Octopus?

Some multipotentialites like having many active projects in their lives at any given time. They’re kind of like an octopus, and each of their eight arms is involved in a different project. One is playing the violin, one is building websites, one is obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu… This is the multipotentialite that pops into most […]

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You Know You’re a Multipotentialite When… (Part 2)

18 July 2016

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You Know You’re a Multipotentialite When… (Part 2)

A couple of years ago, I started a discussion in the Puttytribe, asking the puttypeep to help me come up with a list of classic multipod behaviors and situations. What followed was a hilarious conversation that in turn led to a Puttylike blog post called You Know You’re a Multipotentialite when… Well, that Puttytribe discussion is still going; it’s one […]

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So I’m A Multipotentialite… What Now?!

11 July 2016

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So I’m A Multipotentialite… What Now?!

Congratulations! You’re a multipotentialite! At least, I expect you are, because you’re reading this article. Maybe you’re not sure. In that case, I’d like to remind you that there’s no barrier to entry. You don’t have to have a bizarre combination of jobs, you don’t have to speak multiple languages, you don’t have to do anything in […]

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What’s Your Multipotentialite Origin Story?

5 July 2016

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What’s Your Multipotentialite Origin Story?

SCENE: OUTDOORS A shadowy figure is unloading barrels from a truck. We see the words, “WARNING: WEIRD CHEMICALS” emblazoned on each barrel as it is placed into a deep hole. Finally, the shadowy figure fills the hole and drives away. The camera pans underground to reveal a leak in one barrel of WEIRD CHEMICALS. We follow the […]

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Are Multipotentialites a Particular Myers-Briggs/Astrological/Enneagram/etc. Type?

27 June 2016

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Are Multipotentialites a Particular Myers-Briggs/Astrological/Enneagram/etc. Type?

Full disclosure: I probably have a fever right now. It’s a beautiful summer day, here in Portland, Oregon, but I’ve come down with a cold. So Grendel and I are cozied up on the bed, and I’ve decided to write a blog post. I’m not sure that’s the best idea, but I’m in the mood. […]

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The Evolution of an Overarching Theme

7 June 2016

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The Evolution of an Overarching Theme

Many of us feel relieved when we first come across the term “multipotentialite.” We’re so excited to find out we’re not alone and that there’s nothing wrong with us. At this point, many of us keep digging, perhaps reading through several years’ worth of Puttylike articles. Eventually we come across the concept of an overarching theme. […]

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What if I Lose Interest?

14 March 2016

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What if I Lose Interest?

I was going to write about the difficulty of sticking to a task and seeing it through to the end, but I got bored, so here is a picture of a slightly squashed lemon instead: Luckily, this picture of a lemon has reminded me of something: it’s difficult to retain focus and motivation. Perhaps this […]

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