You’ve spent your whole life flitting from interest to interest, maybe pursuing a handful of projects at any one time. You’ve owned a catering business, worked at a medical clinic, trained dogs, taught yoga, played cello in a chamber group.
You know about the oddest of topics because you were once obsessed with each of them and now you have extensive knowledge of the physical properties of the planets or how to build a tiny house on wheels or the themes explored in coming-of-age films.
All of this jumping around has felt amazing. But if you stop to ponder your path for too long, it starts to worry you.
You wonder why you felt drawn to pick up those water colors when you never ended up doing much with your art. You wonder why your love for psychology, which you once thought your calling, dwindled and why you suddenly find yourself writing and self-publishing a novel when you went to school for architecture. Where is the rhyme and reason to all of this?
And then you discover that you are a multipotentialite.
Suddenly it all makes sense. You realize that you are not broken or non-committal or afraid of your own success. The reason you can’t find your One True Calling is because you don’t have a singular calling, you have many. The zigzagging, the sporadic obsessions, the weird interdisciplinary projects, they all now fit now. They make sense.
It’s a huge relief when you learn that there’s nothing wrong with you, and I’m lucky in that I get to hear these stories via my inbox all the time. But what’s next? What do you do once you learn that you are a multipotentialite? Do you just continue going about your life as always, with maybe a greater sense of ease and confidence? Perhaps. But more likely than not, you still have questions…
Being a multipotentialite is wonderful. But along with this gift, comes some challenges.
The biggest challenges for multipods seem to fall into three categories:
1. Career – how will you use your drive to pursue many subjects to fuel your work and income?
2. Productivity – how will you split up your attention between many projects and still get things done?
3. Confidence – how do you feel about yourself, and how will you deal with those around you who don’t understand?
I view these three areas as the big ones that every multipotentialite needs to address. There is no one answer that suits us all. We each have different scanning styles, different ways of working, and different priorities. It will likely take a lot of time and experimentation before you come up with solutions that work for you.
Moreover, what works for you now may stop working in the future and then you will have to pivot and try something new. But the more you focus on these areas of challenge, the more you learn about yourself, and the easier it becomes to adapt.
So what happens when you learn that you are a multipotentialite? Well, now the work begins! Now you start testing out different career models, different productivity techniques, different strategies for overcoming fear. Now is when you can really get to know yourself.
What questions did you have after learning that you were a multipotentialite? How did you deal with them?
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