Is there a danger in being invested in a project run by a multipotentialite? Possibly. After all, you never know when they might change directions.
Today, I’m going to address the elephant in the room. I was recently asked the following question:
“Hey Emilie, what happens if you lose interest in Puttylike one day? Are you going to abandon us?”
I’ve only been asked this question a handful of times. Mostly this is a fear I’ve mulled over privately, in my own head.
I’m hoping that this post is reassuring to any of you who have wondered about this. My take on it might also be helpful to those of you who are afraid that you might eventually “abandon” the people who are emotionally invested in your own projects.
First off, let me say that I have no idea what’s going to happen in the future. I am not making any promises in this post, but I can make some informed predictions based on my past actions, my goals, and on knowing myself.
Puttylike provides me with ample variety
Since Puttylike’s inception in 2010, I’ve been continuously excited about the project. Naturally, there have been times when work was hard or slow, but for the most part, I’ve been exceptionally happy.
I care deeply about our community, and find the work very meaningful. But this sense of meaning alone couldn’t have sustained me for so many years.
The reason I haven’t lost interest thus far is largely because Puttylike is a Renaissance Business: it provides me with ample opportunities to write about different subjects and try out different formats– everything from writing to speaking to coaching, design, online courses, membership site, bundle sales, and so on.
Any time I’ve become bored, I’ve pushed myself to try something new. There may come a time when I feel as though I’ve exhausted all the mediums and subjects I wish to explore within the overarching theme of multipotentiality, but I’m not there yet.
One day I will likely step away, but that day is not today
That said, I’ll just say straight up that I do NOT want to be writing about multipotentiality five years from now! I can’t even imagine how boring that would be, both for me, and for my readers. Even thinking about it makes me squirm.
However, I have no intention of abandoning anyone. Ideally I would like to keep Puttylike running indefinitely, even if I, Emilie, end up stepping away in a few years. This is part of the reason that I’ve hired a team, including writers. It was mostly so that I could focus on the big projects like preparing my TED talk and writing my book (more on this in a second), rather than the everyday maintenance of the site. But it had the added function of allowing me to step away a bit without the site or community suffering.
So yes, at some point in the distant future, I will likely back away from writing for Puttylike or creating more products for multipotentialites. But that doesn’t mean that all of this will stop. I will make sure that everyone who arrives at the site gets the help and support they need.
You know how I said that working for Puttylike provides me with opportunities to try different mediums and create different types of deliverables? Well, two of these deliverables that I’ve always known I wanted to create are a TED talk and a print book about multipotentialites.
The TED talk is done. I’m very proud of it. And again, I’m not making any promises, but at present, I have no interest in going anywhere until a comprehensive print book about/for multipotentialites has been published and has spread far and wide throughout the world.
Between the writing, seeking out publishers, the launch, and book promotion, this goal will take several more years to complete (especially if I go the traditional route), and I’m excited about this!
Transitioning with grace when the time comes
I know myself, and I don’t usually step away from big projects like this abruptly. I usually take care of my responsibilities (particularly if other people are involved) and ensure that my transitions are as smooth and graceful as possible.
I don’t see myself losing interest in Puttylike any time soon. I am still deeply invested in the project/community and I have big goals (one major one) that I want to see through.
I hope you found this post reassuring. It felt good to write. :)
Have you worried about abandoning the people who are invested in your projects? How have you handled it?
Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is an occasional rock star, a paleo-friendly eater and a wannabe
scientist carpenter. Learn more about Emilie here.