Giveaway: Win a Signed Copy of How to Be Everything

Giveaway: Win a Signed Copy of How to Be Everything

Written by Emilie

Topics: Updates

Hello my multipotentialite buddies!

I have an admission to make: I don’t have a post for today. I’ve been so busy living my (particularly crazy) multipotentialite life that there was just no way I was going to get it done.

Here’s what’s been going on with me: I’ve been completing a 20 station radio tour to help spread the word about How to Be Everything, I just got back from Portland, where I led a workshop with 150 amazing multipods (shout out to those of you who were there! I had such a great time), I’m currently preparing to speak to 500 smart high school students in Connecticut next week, and after that it’s off to music camp for a week of Mamma Mia and chamber music with my mom(!), which means I’ve dusted off my violin and have started practicing again.

Oh, I also took over as the new karaoke DJ on the island so I’ve been figuring out the sound system and honing my own karaoke skills. Not to mention all of the new friends I’m making who keep inviting me to potlucks and on adventures (woe is me)! And then there’s the house work: setting up our new cabin, stacking firewood, painting…

Yeah. I’ve definitely got a bit too much variety in my life at the moment… But hey, I hear that can happen.

Suffice to say, I haven’t had a chance to write a post for this week. So here’s what we’re going to do: I’m going to bribe you with a FREE BOOK! ;)

(I’ve been meaning to give a couple of these away anyway.)

How to Enter the Contest

If you would like a signed/inscribed copy of How to Be Everything, please answer the following question in the comments section below:

Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now?

What if I Already Own the Book?

If you already own HTBE, you’re welcome to enter the contest and give away your copy or the signed book to somebody that you think could seriously benefit from reading it. In that case, please answer the following question in the comments:

Why is How to Be Everything exactly what a certain awesome person in your life needs right now?

I’ll pick two winners. Get your comments in by Friday July 28!

Your (crazed-but-happy) pal and fellow multipotentialite,

Emilie

Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites build lives and careers around ALL their interests. 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 the author of How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up. Learn more about Emilie here.

273 Comments

  1. Shelly Hood says:

    I would be ever so grateful to win a copy of your book, I have a copy of kindle but haven’t got around to reading it yet! It’s on my list but need to clear out the 10 other books I’m reading, finish my yoga teacher training, finish my photography projects all started not complete, work on my photography business whilst teaching yoga. Oh! And my art I have so many paintings in my head that I need to get out on canvas. Think I’ll go meditate instead. As you can see a tangible copy of your book would be a great win for me ? I have referred so many friends to your book who were struggling with the multipotential ?

    • Asmaa says:

      Hello Emilie,

      I first came across you on your TED talk and I have to say it just clicked. I’d always been the indecisive kid, the kid that still didn’t know what they wanted to do. It gave me the courage to apply for a university course I really love, that lets me study all things I love and allows me to link them together.

      Currently I want to be a poet/playwright/filmmaker/astronaut/archaeologist/explorer. I know to some people that may sound eccentric but I love doing everything. I find your weekly emails so timely and always what I need, from imposter syndrome to being okay with moving on to new things. I’ve been so inspired I’ve found myself advocating for multipotentiality wherever I go, family, friends. However, I think I lack knowing how to go about’being everything’. I’d love the book so it can help me take some more useful steps towards this.

      Thanks a million, keep inspiring!

  2. Angele j says:

    I’m already doing everything, I just need to learn how to be everything in a more organized and efficient way! Congrats on your book Em, can’t wait to read it

  3. Andrea says:

    Hi Emilie! I believe a copy of HTBE is what I need in my life right now because I just discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and it has a relief for me. I am 27 years old and for many years I have been wanting to do so many things, getting bored easily, thinking that having an 8 hour job was keeping me from doing other things but then blocking myself again. I have been desperate for a long time, believing it was so rare to have this mixed feelings (everyone who I talk to about this just kept saying I am not able to commit and other stuff that just kept making me feel worse instead of helping me find an answer).
    My sister showed me your TedTalk and it was so inspiring that I needed to find out more and that’s how I got to your blog.., you had just published your book so I can tell you it could be DESTINY!! I am in an exploring phase right now, doing research about the subject, I admire you for wanting to help people and I can assure you you have helped me, but I still have a long way to go so getting a copy of your book would be AMAZING!!! (If you ask me why I want it so bad but haven;t bought it yet it’s because I live in Peru and its not available here and shipping fees are a bit high). Thank you once again for introducing the term multipotential to me, thank you for helping me cope with it and inspiring me to research and get my life in order, and who knows maybe helping people some time as well!!! Take care!

    • Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons says:

      Just chiming in to say I had a really similar experience (and I’m also 27 and hate the idea of a typical 8 hour job). Feel like you’re a kindred spirit <3

      • Andrea says:

        It’s so good to meet people who feel the same way or have had similar experiences. Thank you!! I hope everything is going better now. :)

  4. Dan says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book! I always feel like I’m forcing myself to choose between a myriad of interests so that I might dedicate ‘adequate’ time to them at the expense of other interests. Sometimes that makes me feel stuck!

  5. Jonathan Wong says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what I need in my life right now?

    Because I’m a 20-year-old who has just discovered that I’m a multipotentialite and I’m about to enter my 3rd year of undergraduate music studies, which means I’m again having to answer the question of “So what exactly are you going to do after graduating?” I find myself in the process of giving up my chemistry minor program (because that was never a viable end-goal in the first place), picking up and gigging on whatever instrument I feel like practicing at the moment, choosing my courses for the next two years (because apparently taking every single course offered is not an option), and trying to think of what grad school and program I should apply to (or *gasp* maybe do something other than immediately jumping into graduate studies). And then there’s the question of how I’m going to make a living doing any of this. I’m hoping that this book will help me open my mind to the possibilities of doing it all — or at least doing whatever I feel like right now.

  6. MAX says:

    I want discovery my multipotentialites and share the book with my friends.

    bye
    Massimo

  7. Jasraj Hothi says:

    Hey :) Well, let’s just say after an interesting 12 months of taking a good look at myself (and blessed to have had the support of others) – I have largely been taking a step back from blogs/non-fictiony stuff, as I try to tune more inwards, rather than fill my head with stuff. Puttylike is one of, I think, 4 blogs I currently follow (there were a lot more at one point!), as the Chief Putty-er (hey Emilie) and Puttylike crowd are, of course, awesome. As I shift towards a new “career”, plus new side projects and interests (from taking up new+old sports plus learning Spanish), I reckon I could do with a copy :) Thanks! Jasraj

  8. Nancy says:

    I need HELP! Long ago I embraced my multi-faceted career and life, and I’m confident that I have something to contribute to the world, but trying to find an over-arching theme and find ways to monetize and share my passions has me stuck in neutral.

    I appreciate you sharing your discoveries and insights and I’d love to read your new book to get motivated and focused on what steps to take next.

    Thank you for all you do to help the rest of us!

  9. Canopus says:

    Hello Emilie and my name is Canopus, I first stumbled upon your website shortly after I graduated high school in 2015 and I must say that your work has had a profound impact on me. Honestly I don’t think I “need” your book in my life for the fact that just reading your articles has greatly given me perspective. But if I were to ever need it it’d be because I’m undergoing a project that will take up my whole life in which I can’t tread alone.Your book would greatly help in creating structure to this project.

    My project is about crafting an idiosyncratic worldview that life isn’t only like a game but the “original ‘game'” hence why I dub it “Life Online”. My interests were always illustration, game design, philosophy, anime, worldbuilding, storytelling, and science and I’d like to culminate all these interests into expressing this worldview. It will require that I study up on subjects such as world religion, politics, psychology, myth and many other subjects when deemed necessary.

    The first step I’ve taken in unfolding this project was launching my website NewGameInfinity.com which I recommend you check out. Sometimes it has been hard for me since graduating high school financially while still pursuing my interests. I want to be able to build my life around my interests so that I won’t have to fret about money. All in all that’s the reason for why your book would be needed in my life and I’m grateful to God that you followed through with your vision.

    Peace!

    Sincerely,

    Canopus

    NewGameInfinity.com

    • Soheila Shourbaji says:

      Canopus! We share the name except that mine is the arabic word for the second brightest star in the night time sky. I thought I would never find you! lol

  10. Kelly Brown says:

    The certain awesome person in my life that needs this book is my 11 year old daughter. When she tells me her future plans, she always has multiple options on her mind that she can never decide between. When I ask her “Why not both/all of them?” She gets quiet, agrees, and then moves on to a new subject. I don’t want her to fall into the trap of thinking she has to be a specialist if she isn’t one.

  11. Stella says:

    Hi Emilie, from over the pond. Glad to hear your multipod goings-on are going well.

    Why is How To Be Everything exactly what I need in my life right now?

    Well, I suppose I’m comparatively young as far as your audience goes – my eighteenth birthday is in a month, and I’m off to university in the autumn. So in terms of careers I don’t really have anything to work off. Really, everything for me is still in the making. Over the next few years of my degree I will be slowly shaping my future (of course, there’s no rush to get my whole life sorted but it would be good to make a start).

    Truth be told I’m not sure how to keep all my plates spinning even during my degree. Naturally I’ve been told that while in uni I can do whatever I want to on the side of my studies, but naturally for a multipod this is a little overwhelming. It would be really good to hear from a fellow multipod how to maintain a good work-life balance, given the issues surrounding that being feasible given the vast amount of interests we pursue. Then there’s the whole thing about finding a job that interests me while not betraying my multipotentiality (yikes!). I’m not looking for a job recommendation or anything like that. Just a guide to what kind of attitude to take when thinking about careers that will help me stay true to myself, and I think that’s where you come in. Embracing my multipotentiality was what helped me choose my university course and ultimately get a place, so I’m sure it would help me now as well.

    Thank you for running this competition, and thank you for all the work you’ve done on Puttylike. It’s been amazing to realise I’m not alone with many interests. I’m not part of the Puttytribe but even the blog posts you feature are wonderful. :)

    Sorry if this ends up on here multiple times by the way, it keeps telling me there’s an error!

  12. Holly says:

    Hello Emily! I feel I need the book because I feel better with myself and all my struggles since I discovered you, I need to read it in calm and space. As all of us we keep filling our 24 hours with new stimulous and well, it’s always difficult to find time to read. In my way of going to work I think I have time to this task. HI can’t promise you know, but it certainly would be a commitment with your philosophy. And I would read in English since it’s not my mother tongue. I know we all do many things at a time but we do commit as if it were the definitive, this is true. We are hard workers. And I still need personally to find what to do with my life! Thank you!!!

  13. Jase says:

    Hi Emile,

    Subscribing to Multipotontialite gave new meaning to those who emabrace the art and science of life including creativeskills. The idea of being a multipotoentialite just shattered the glass ceiling and opened minds to all possibilities.

    At my mature age I have just topped my class in Land Law in my final year of LLB! That is quite an achievement and an enjoyable journey. So age is really a state of mind.

    I still have many areas tha I would like to explore and wrtitng is one of them. So winning your book as a prize would be the key to boost my confidence is realising my passion of be oming a writer, my next goal.

    May the best person win. And thanks so much for your blog as it is quite an inspirational and enthusing blog.

    Jase

  14. Maria McGuire says:

    Hi Emily, I was just scrolling through my emails, looking for the one about being an imposter. That’s me. I moved to Germany 2 years ago and seem to have taken up a bunch of new hobbies and haven’t found a path into a livelihood here. I’m also faking the language even though I study it. Honestly, I don’t feel like I have an option to be less than everything if I want to stay here. Looking forward to reading your book. Prost!

  15. Dea says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what I need in my life right now?
    {{{ Em }}} I have just found you and your site! Woot! Having just turned 60 I feel like I’m almost getting close to being on the verge of being able to start getting ready to figure out how to be fixing to “launch”! Somewhat like lots of people seem to do somewhere between ages 16 and 25… :) Honestly I feel that I’m just getting started, or will soon ~ But what shall I do? There have been so many things so far that either had to be discarded before long or that I stuck with and either hated it or just languished there. Finding your site has given me hope – real hope that I’m not a freak of nature and that I am not alone. Thank you so much for everything you do and for sharing with us! Multi-Ps unite!

  16. Alexandra says:

    “How to be Everything” is exactly what I need in my life right now because this “manifesto” is so much more to me than just a simple “how to”-manual (as the title might suggest).
    To me the title reads: “There is nothing wrong with you”, “Appreciate your interests”, “Value your versatility”, “It’s okay to be unsure” – things I try to convince myself of every single day (more or less successfully ;)).

    I am sure your book will not only help me understand why I WANT TO BE Everything but also give me the strength to believe that I CAN actually BE Everything.

    Thank you very much for your great work, Emilie! Greetings from Germany.

  17. Heather N. says:

    Hello! One of the main reasons I am the most interested in a copy of HTBE is because of a conference presentation I have coming up. A colleague and myself plan to present this topic at a university advising conference. My colleague currently has a copy of the book, but I have been borrowing hers to help finalize the material. I also work directly with college students (teaching, program creation, and advising specifically in the career education field. I believe that if I had a copy of my own that I could easily reference when I am working with students would benefit them greatly. Especially those that have personality types that align more with desiring facts and supporting material. I could obviously go into detail about how this personally spoke to me, and how I would love to read it for myself, but I truly thing it would be amazing for the students I work with.

    Thanks for the opportunity and for writing this book!

  18. Dakota says:

    Oh man, I would *SO* love to have this book. It’s been on my “to read” list since you first announced it. I have three different ventures underway, in addition to single parenting my two littles, and I’d love to read all the great advice for managing multiple projects (and still making progress)!

  19. Melissa B says:

    Hi Emilie,
    Why do I need a copy of HTBE in my life right now? Until I found your site and had seen your Ted Talk on multi-potentials I thought I was some weird alien who just can’t seem to decide on that “one thing” that I will do to give back to the world and ensure my own financial survival and overall happiness. Now that I have found the Putty Peeps I feel like I am part of a group of people like me who also can’t and don’t want to settle on just “one thing”. However, I need more help, more tips, more encouragement and so on to really make a go of this and to create this stupendous multi-potential life and I think a copy of your book would do just that. I have wanted to pick it up for awhile now but the large stack of books waiting for me at home has made that a bit more challenging as they are all begging to be read. A signed copy would be exciting enough to jump the que!!

    • Ashley says:

      Hi Emilie, I love your site and have found your words so helpful and comforting over the past couple of months.

      I have always struggled with figuring out “what I want to do” with my life, and have never truly been able to pin down that one thing that I love more than others. Deep down I always chalked up my inability to make decisions to my anxiety and the fear of the unknown. But reading through your blogs has really helped me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. In my head, I’ve always seen my life heading in multiple directions and even when I make a decision to move forward with something, I still feel the pull to do something else at the same time. I would really love some insight on how to navigate through such indecisive mindsets and how to overcome obstacles, like getting in my own way and feeling like a failure when I am jumping from one thing to the next.

      So excited to hear more from you! Thank you so much for creating such a helpful space!

  20. Sammy says:

    Malo e lelei from Tonga, Emilie! (Thanks for being well)

    I’ve been serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga (South Pacific, south of Samoa, for reference) since 2014. For the first two years I lived in a tiny village of 150 people on the island of ‘Eua (imagine fresh air, coral reef beaches and cliffs, and pigs everywhere) where I taught English along with numerous other roles at the village’s primary school. I found your TED talk last year at a really good point in my life.

    So often while living and working here I’ve questioned what I actually “am” in a western sense. “What do I do for a living?” essentially. But since living in Tonga, I haven’t ever just been one “thing” or “type” of person, I’ve taken on a LOT of different, sometimes random roles. I’ve often played community nurse because I’m the one with the band-aids and antiseptics. School gardener, PE teacher, English tutor, hiking guide, you name it, the list goes on. One time I directed our school choir in front of all our community although I had never been a choir director before…

    Maybe it’s sort of the Peace Corps volunteer mentality to become a Jack/Jill of all trades and to respond to whatever it is their host country wants. Our program director loves to call us generalists, but I’ve never really loved this term. So when I stumbled upon your TED Talk and then into your sphere of Multipotentialite-ness, it made me reconstruct the way I was thinking about myself. Being able to answer to many different callings is a beautiful thing- not in any way wrong or small-minded.

    Looking back now, I’ve realized even in the US I was very always much a Multipotentialite. I’ve always been a writer- I’ve kept journals consistently since the age of seven. I’m into zine making as well but I also dabble in ceramics, photography, and collaging. I love to learn languages, I studied Spanish for undergrad but then learned Tongan instead when I got placed here instead of Latin America! For a career though, I want to pursue Counseling & Art Therapy, be more on the helping end of the artistic spectrum. This is all in the midst of the off-the-grid homesteading life I want to delve into in the US!

    Anyway, How to Be Everything is exactly what I need as I’m wrapping up my service this year and heading home, hoping to take what I’ve learned in Tonga and apply it as I start my life all over again in the US. I could definitely use the inspiration that How to Be Everything would give me in this transitional part of my life! You’ve already inspired me so much.

    Thanks and keep up your amazing work for the community,
    Sammy

  21. Fabrizio says:

    just the title of the book helps me to change my bad feeling of beeing everything and get me enthusiastic of my multipotentialities. I can’t immagine what power could give me the entire book!

  22. Sammy says:

    Malo e lelei from Tonga, Emilie! (Thanks for being well)

    I’ve been serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga (South Pacific, south of Samoa, for reference) since 2014. For the first two years I lived in a tiny village of 150 people on the island of ‘Eua (imagine fresh air, coral reef beaches and cliffs, and pigs everywhere) where I taught English along with numerous other roles at the village’s primary school. I found your TED talk last year at a really good point in my life.

    So often while living and working here I’ve questioned what I actually “am” in a western sense. “What do I do for a living?” essentially. But since living in Tonga, I haven’t ever just been one “thing” or “type” of person, I’ve taken on a LOT of different, sometimes random roles. I’ve often played community nurse because I’m the one with the band-aids and antiseptics. School gardener, PE teacher, English tutor, hiking guide, you name it, the list goes on. One time I directed our school choir in front of all our community although I had never been a choir director before…

    Maybe it’s sort of the Peace Corps volunteer mentality to become a Jack/Jill of all trades and to respond to whatever it is their host country wants. Our program director loves to call us generalists, but I’ve never really loved this term. So when I stumbled upon your TED Talk and then into your sphere of Multipotentialite-ness, it made me reconstruct the way I was thinking about myself. Being able to answer to many different callings is a beautiful thing- not in any way wrong or small-minded.

    Looking back now, I’ve realized even in the US I was very always much a Multipotentialite. I’ve always been a writer- I’ve kept journals consistently since the age of seven. I’m into zine making as well but I also dabble in ceramics, photography, and collaging. I love to learn languages, I studied Spanish for undergrad but then learned Tongan instead when I got placed here instead of Latin America! For a career though, I want to pursue Counseling & Art Therapy, be more on the helping end of the artistic spectrum. This is all in the midst of the off-the-grid homesteading life I want to delve into in the US!

    Anyway, How to Be Everything is exactly what I need as I’m wrapping up my service this year and heading home, hoping to take what I’ve learned in Tonga and apply it as I start my life all over again in the US. I could definitely use the inspiration that How to Be Everything would give me in this transitional part of my life!

    Thanks and keep up your amazing work for the community,
    Sammy

  23. Melody says:

    My answer is simple… when I came across you on TEDTalks a few weeks ago, I began crying like a baby. For real! I am 58 years old and always just assumed that I was a talentless, focus-lacking, idiot that really messed up my life by never finding my “one true passion.” Shoot! I had NO idea that I was/am just one among many!!! What???!!??? Anyway, if I don’t win your book, signed by wonderful you, I promise I’ll buy one :-)

    Sincerely,
    Melody

  24. Jess says:

    Hi Emilie! “How to Be Everything” is exactly what I need right now because the next 12 months in my life are going to be insane – and exciting – and I could sure use your guidance.

    I am preparing to enter the last year of graduate school in NYC while juggling three jobs that I enjoy (one in a contemporary art gallery, one in a costume shop, and one as a social media manager). I’ll be presenting my research at a conference in Paris and working on securing teaching opportunities and having more of my work published. Next, I’ll be moving to a brand new city (TBD!) where I plan to start a business while continuing to cultivate my reputation as an emerging scholar.

    I’m super excited about what’s coming up next, and I couldn’t have gotten to this point without your amazing community and books by Barbara Sher & Margaret Lobenstine. There’s a spot on my bookshelf for yours, too, and it would be an honor to own a signed copy! Thanks for all you do!

  25. J says:

    Because my biggest stumbling block is having too many interests and I’d like to somehow combine most or all of them into a more cohesive product and/or service offering. I’d also like to become more active on YouTube but everything I’ve read and seen about YouTube effectiveness is about niching down. Newsflash: niching down is hard for someone with a lot of varied interests! So, maybe HTBE will have some insights on how to make all of this work out. Thanks!!

  26. Judy says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now?

    Well, since I am a multipotentialite AND I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, maybe your book can help me sort out what to be doing with my life! :D

    I would love to win a copy–thank you for the giveaway!

  27. Ashley says:

    Hi Emilie, I love your site and have found your words so helpful and comforting over the past couple of months.

    I have always struggled with figuring out “what I want to do” with my life, and have never truly been able to pin down that one thing that I love more than others. Deep down I always blamed my inability to make decisions on my anxiety and a fear of the unknown. But reading through your blogs has really helped me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. In my head, I’ve always seen my life heading in multiple directions and even when I make a decision to move forward, I still feel the pull to do something else at the same time. I would really love some insight on how to navigate through such indecisive mindsets and how to overcome obstacles, like getting in my own way and feeling like a failure when I am jumping from one thing to the next without seeing things through to the absolute end.

    So excited to hear more from you and thank you so much for creating such a helpful space!

  28. Kelly Dodge says:

    Do I need the book? Probably not. I’m feeling so busy that it might take a while to get around to reading it. I’ve got my day job at a construction company. I’ve got my side job doing sound systems for live concerts. I’m in two musical groups, and two improv groups (one of which I teach.) Plus whatever cool new thing there is right now.

    But I think it could be a really interesting read and who knows, maybe it will help declutter some of my life…

    -Kelly

  29. Ashley says:

    Hi Emilie, I love your site and have found your words so helpful and comforting over the past couple of months.

    I have always struggled with figuring out “what I want to do” with my life, and have never truly been able to pin down that one thing that I love more than others. Deep down I always chalked up my inability to make decisions to my anxiety and the fear of the unknown. But reading through your blogs has really helped me to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. In my head, I’ve always seen my life heading in multiple directions and even when I make a decision to move forward with something, I still feel the pull to do something else at the same time. I would really love some insight on how to navigate through such indecisive mindsets and how to overcome obstacles, like getting in my own way and feeling like a failure when I am jumping from one thing to the next.

    So excited to hear more from you! Thank you so much for creating such a helpful space!

  30. Lorenzo says:

    Hi Emilie!
    First of all I want to thank you for your amazing blog because it’s helping me a lot.
    I’m 18 and I graduated high school last year. But I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. My interests are so diverse that it’s impossible to combine everything in just one job. People keep telling me I should pick one thing and go with it because it’s what everybody does and the only way to go. But i know very well that i will never be truly satisfied if I don’t go after all my passions. I struggled so much with it that I’ve become depressed and hopeless and now have to go to therapy. I felt like a loser and like I had no place in society.
    But seeing people like you is so eye opening and inspiring because you’re the living example that doing everything at once can work out! Now that I know that I just need to figure out how to do it. That’s why I could need your book. I was going to buy it but since you’re doing this giveaway I might as well try to win it :)

    Lots of love to you from Germany!

  31. D. Hart says:

    For the first time in my life I am at a complete standstill. I have a hundred projects (well, 20 or 30 or more anyway :) in so many different areas, but am losing the ability to work on my main fall back, or default work. I need to reinvent myself, and somehow this has thrown everything into a gridlock. Not sure what the answer is, but this seems serendipitous.

  32. susanne says:

    I want to focus on many things – i am like a caterpillar exploring the world. One day i am walking slow, one day i am walking fast and then i can fly. i can travel the world, i can meet new people.
    focusing on one thing is not possible for me!!

    thanks for all the great advice. Susanne

  33. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a cancers survivor and am currently in recovery after five years of treatment and a bone marrow transplant. Needless to say, my main focus has been staying alive and healing. I’ve since lost myself. I’m hoping your book will help give me the guidance and permission to explore my passion and curiosity again. I was so grateful to find your website. It was the first time I had ever felt like it was okay to have multiple interests as I was taught to find one thing to focus on and my multiple interests were wasteful and flaky.Even if I don’t win the book, I still want you to know that your site and TED talk helped me see that my way was okay and that I wasn’t alone. Thank you.

  34. susanne sulzberger says:

    I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago as well, and it was a huge blessing! I am 59 and always thought there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t commit to one career path. After a couple of years I would get bored and need to move on to something else. It is a relief to know that I am not crazy or scattered or flighty because I am interested in so many different things and want to try all of them. I still have a lot to learn about myself and would love a guiding hand in navigating my new reality. I am slowly learning that it is ok to think differently than others, but I am still insecure about my abilities. I wish your book had come into my life when I was younger, but there is no time like the present to be inspired and made more confident! I would be honoured to be chosen to receive your book and if I am not chosen….I will buy a copy!!
    Cheers,
    susanne

  35. Chuck says:

    I’d love to read your book, but I have too many things going on right now.

    Enough said.

  36. Kareena says:

    Hey Emilie,
    I feel like HTBE is exactly what I need right now. I’m sure if I don’t win I’ll definitely need to buy it in the near future! I’m really struggling with figuring out my ‘career’. My dream is to be a book reviewer but there really is no money in that. I have so many other hobbies that are all clamoring for time and I just feel so overwhelmed. I want to be all these different things and I feel your book would help me delve into my brain and figure out a way to find balance. Thanks so much for the opportunity!!

  37. Dolly Richards says:

    When I saw your Ted Talk and looked your blog up, I knew I had found my people. For decades I had felt like there was something seriously wrong with me. I actually don’t speak to my family about my new projects because I fear hearing the same old response; “When are you going to stick to one thing?” I was actually ashamed of talking about my new passions. Now I feel proud of the all of my different interests. And I’m confident that I do have a purpose. I have been wanting to pick up a copy of your book so I can proudly display it on my coffee table for when I have family and friends over.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

  38. Jacob Horner says:

    HTBE would be a really incredible tool for me right now. I’m currently in my sophomore year in college studying to become a computer engineer, but my hobbies are pulling me in so many different directions. I know that computer engineering is the career path that I want to take right now but my free time is so divided that I’m struggling to make much progress in anything that I do. I’ve been feeling so frustrated that I don’t have enough time in my day to do everything that I want and it’s been pretty rough. I’m currently experimenting with different approaches but a bit of a guide like HTBE would be invaluable right now.

  39. Waleed says:

    Since i was in college and i was constantly worried about what field i should be specialized at, i knew i will be studying computer engineering but I wasn’t able to settle even on my graduation project. After graduation i was also worried about what should i be working at, and that i have to narrow my filed, go for networks or development, but i couldn’t, i worked in IT, after that i started focusing on software development. When i saw the lecture on TED, it opened my eyes to the fact that i don’t have to be like what people say or narrow my filed, but i still have a small doubt about my career in the future and how to get the most out of my time, specially when i start something new, and i hope that i can get that from HTBE book.

  40. Sarah says:

    HTBE is exactly what I need right now, because I’m struggling to express everything I am and that I want to be. It was a turning point for me last week to learn what it is to be a multipotentialite and so freeing realize I can do everything I want to. Yet I feel like I’m stuck in my business and I have so much more to give to the world and more dreams to fulfill beyond the structure of what I’ve already built, it’s hard to see past the current situation I find myself in, though I’m improving it every day!

  41. Hey Emilie! How To Be Everything is exactly what I need in my life right now because, quite frankly, I am at a time in my life where I have to start being everything! I am starting my own blog/business (with more than focus because, well, duh), entering into my last year of undergrad studying political science and Spanish, and doing a lot of volunteer ministry! I don’t want to graduate in May and be forced into choosing one job because I need to pay the bills… I want to graduate and be everything! I want to be a solopreneur, a good friend, a good fiance or wife (hopefully), a stand out volunteer… And so much more! I need your help to get this all organized and under control so I can pursue my many passions and be everything when I “grow up” (graduate). So excited!

  42. Hi Emilie,

    It is crazy indeed. Quite a lot is going on right now.

    – We have just launched a consulting company
    – I am in the final stages of finishing my medical PhD
    – I am diving deep into a new language
    – We are building up Europe’s largest emerging leaders network

    Give me a break.

    – We also moved last month and
    – I am a husband and a dad of two pre-school kids.

    Life is good! I would love to get a signed copy.

    Take care,
    Micha

  43. Lujan says:

    I will love to have a print copy of the book, because I love books (in fact I’m a publisher). Your book is helping me a lot to be able to start creating my own material about multipotentialites to help others multipotentialiates in spanish (my proyect is for LATAM and Spain), and as your Tedx talk you have being an inspiration to go for it… It so important that everyone knows what is be one of us, knowing that is not alone and there’s nothing wrong with them… Now I’m trying to come up with my own system to help the community and don’t let my many projetcs to stop me from keeping with this one that is so challenging and amazing… I wanna be able to keep going outside me confort zone, keep learning new things for this “crazy” idea of helping others and be able to be paid for it…
    I already told you by email this, but thank you so much for helping me to know about this awesome community of awesome people and helping us so much…
    Have a great time with your mom!

  44. Élyssa says:

    Heya! I could use a copy of How to Do Everything because I’m in desperate need of some guidance. Here’s my story: I’m a high school Junior with big dreams. Emphasis on the ‘s’ in dreams. My interests are all over the place, and they don’t really fit together, but I want to be able to do them all – I feel like I can’t possibly be fulfilled in life if I don’t. Except I have no idea how to do so many different things at once, and still make a living. (How can I be a writer/cognitive linguist/filmmaker/puppeteer/theologian/composer/world traveller all at the same time?) As college is coming ’round the bend, I don’t even know what I want to major in, or how to make room for everything I love. I hope this book can give me some of the knowledge and encouragement I need, answer a few questions, and put some anxieties to rest. Thanks, Emilie, for giving this a read (and for all the resources you make available and insights you give here at Puttylike to your fellow multipods). :)

  45. Bianca Smith says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now?

    Because I generally have six different ideas in my head at any one time. Because I’m curious about everything and haven’t worked out yet how to turn it into a career. Because I launched my new blog to follow my journey of understanding me and how I can managed the myriad of concurrent fun projects and make money to support myself.

  46. Coral Arroyo-Baez says:

    I’m a fresh out of grad school 24 year old, and I just finished my first internship and I’m at a fork in the road. My whole life I wanted to be a meteorologist, and while in college I fell in love with sport event management. I see no problem combining my two passions since outdoor sports have weather delays all the time, but having worked a bit in both industries, I feel like everyone is telling me to pick a side. As will all multipotentialites, I can’t pick either or the other, and I know I can do both, I just don’t know how. I’m hoping How to Be Everything will give me some guidance on how to do just that. Thank you!

  47. Rachel says:

    How to Be Everything is exactly what I need in my life right now! When I saw your Ted Talk, I jumped out of my seat with excitement and immediately shared it on facebook. “This is me!” I told everyone. Now there’s a term for my many interests! I’m not ADD or indecisive… I’m a multipotentialite! I’ve felt judged my whole life for not sticking with one career, but all my friends who’ve climbed the corporate ladder are completely miserable. Why suffer in a job you hate? Maybe I’m not as wealthy or as successful as they are, but at least I’m happy doing what I love, which is many different things! Right now I’m a personal trainer and relationship coach, and when people ask the dreaded question, “What do you do?” I always get a weird reaction when I respond with more than one thing. I used to live in Washington, DC where everyone is very judgmental about career paths. If I say I’m a coach, they’ll say, “Yeah, but how do you support yourself? What’s your day job?” Everyone is so money-oriented there, but they don’t understand the meaning of happiness. I recently decided to be a life coach so I could have many different specialties. Now I’m doing relationship coaching, but what if I change my mind in a few months? I also feel connected to you because I used to live in Portland (I move as often as I change jobs), so having this book will be a confidence-booster to my chaotic, always-changing life.

  48. Jessica DMJ says:

    Hello Emilie,

    I’m a 17 y/o high school student approaching my senior year.

    So why do am I asking for a copy of How to Be Everything?

    All throughout our lives, everyone is asked the question “What do you want to do when you get older?”. Personally, I have never known the answer to this question. Even as a young child, I was fascinated by all sorts of things: insects, literature, computer science, you name it. I have always felt like there are too many things to learn and not enough time to learn them all. Now as a teenager approaching adulthood, I am still faced with that same question, although it’s in a different format: “What do you want to study in college?”. As I reach my last year of highschool, I find myself struggling to choose just a few subjects I want to pursue even though I would love to pursue many at one time.

    It wasn’t until a few months ago that I found your TED talk on YouTube. Watching your video made me exhale a sigh of relief. So I wasn’t weird for not wanting to stick to one thing for my entire life! Yay! There were others like me! But that doesn’t change the fact that I still have to choose two majors and a minor for college (I think this would be the best way to keep the most interests possible). I am still a young, unwise adolescent looking for guidance, and I think if your book was anything like your TED talk, then it would be a great help.

    Whether or not I win your book or not, I still greatly appreciate that TED talk you made all those years ago and I hope to continue learning how to be a successful multipotentialite. Thank you for being a truly inspiring figure :)

    Best wishes,

    Jessica DMJ

  49. Sarah says:

    Who doesn’t need this book?!
    One of my current roles is lecturer of Career Development. So many of my students feel that they have to choose one path.
    I want to help those who are heading along a multipotentialite path that this is to be encouraged.
    Plus, it’ll help with my own path which, until finding your blog has always felt lonely. Many thanks, Sarah

  50. Coral says:

    I’m a recent college grad finishing up my first real-world job, and I’m at a fork in the road. I have always loved the weather and meteorology, and while in school I discovered a passion for sport administration and event management. It always seemed clear to me that I could combine the two since outdoor sports run into weather delays quite often, but getting some experience in both industries has exposed me to everyone’s idea to pick one or the other. Being a multipotentialite, I can be just one or the other, especially when I know I can do both. That’s why I’m hoping that How to Be Everything will provide me guidance and advice to do just that! Thank you!

  51. Rocío says:

    Hi Emilie, my name is Rocío, and I’m a multipotentialite from Chile. I’ve always been passionate for arts and music, but since “I couldn’t” do both I decided to study architecture. I started to die slowly since I had to give all my time to my architecture studies, and couldnt’t draw, or sing, or whatever. Last year I had a vocational crisis and I wanted to be an architect, an illustrator, a dj, a singer and a fashion designer, all things that I really love. I assumed I couldn’t until I read your articles, and they literally changed my life perspective. Cause why not? I figured it was all about being authentic, and try seeking my own happiness, embracing the fact that I love doing multiple things not just architecture. Since then I’ve started sewing lessons, selling my illustrations and guitar classes. Now I can’t wait to start with some singing! I’m about to get my degree now and finally be free in life! So your book would be a really great start for this new chapter of my life, where I really want to do, and to be everything. Thank you so much!!

  52. Nic says:

    FINALLY I find someone who gets me! A good friend of mine heard your ted talk and directed me straight to it. The hugest smile grew across my face as I listened to you speak…. finally someone who gets it and maybe I am not so crazy after all. I am a single mum working four jobs and studying and trying to get a few businesses off the ground…. and I NEED your book! It is not an understatement when I say that finding you has been life changing! Cheers to you!!! X

  53. Bianca B says:

    Emilie,

    How to Be Everything is EXACTLY what I need in my life right now because I am in a huge transition period. I graduated college a little over a year ago and I have been exploring different careers. The puttylike community has allowed me to realize I am not alone. I have realized it is ok to be interested in many different things. I have had my ups and downs throughout this adventure, and trust me, it has not been easy. I am a work in progress and this book can potentially change my life and the way I look at things… I just need some good reads to get my multipod brain going :)

  54. So I always thought I was a bit schizo and finishing stuff was not half as much fun as starting it, and changing careers, countries, husbands and artistic endeavours was a failure.
    Then I realised it takes courage to say “this is not what I thought it would be, I want to do something else”..and courage I had in bucketfuls.
    So now I facilitate creatively thinking programs, courses, workshops on everything from Life Lessons from Fairytales to Heal Your Money Story, The Artists Way and everything else in between.
    And in the middle of a series of 9 courses over the last year, one amazingingly talented participant (now fellow tribe member) sent me the link to Puttylike, then the link to the Book……the lights went on and the energy rose, and I understood for the first time in 54 years that I was not short on attention but long on hunger to know/try/discover lots and lots of things.
    So now, i want to know what you know, how you reconciled your many gifts and how to make it work so I can earn lovely money doing lovely work of many kinds…without the guilty party in the pity barn every time I feel “different”.
    I have given away hundreds and hundreds of books over the last year (most rubbish bookshop owner who loved her job ever) and I would really love if you would give your book to me! Simples!
    anne :)

  55. Madeline Lyne says:

    Because I’m 52 & still can’t figure out what I want to be when I grow up! Hoping a conglomerate of my interests will prove satisfying & bring in a little $$? to boot!

  56. Claire says:

    I’ve heard about the book through your info and a few people I know who read it, and I think that even after having had over 25 “jobs” in the last 30 years, I still like the idea of learning more about the potential for my future endeavours.

    Before I was hit with a concussion (pardon the pun!) recently, I had 3-4 biz projects, another non-biz project came up and now I’m figuring out where I will end up. Grateful for a copy if I am one of the recipients.

    Namaste!

  57. Lucy says:

    I need How to Be Everything in my life because I just made the huge decision to move back to Chicago from LA and head out in two weeks! I’ve been in LA for five years working in the entertainment industry and am terrified to leave it all behind to change paths. I know it’s something I need to do, though, but it’s still scary. It would be awesome to have some guidance as I take this leap!

  58. Kristin says:

    Because I don’t believe in limits. Because I know the value I bring to the table and just need some guidance to help others see that it’s swell to be different. Because I want to spend more time exploring what brings me joy in my life without feeling guilty about it.

  59. Cynthia says:

    How to Be Everything is exactly what I need in my life right now because I am making a shift from coaching other people on how to find and follow their passions, to also doing so myself. In college I couldn’t settle on a major because I wasn’t sure which path & talent to follow – too many options! So I found my way to Psychology which gave me the flexibility to learn, grow, do, and hone all the skills I needed to help other people figure it out for themselves (all the while avoiding/ignoring my own paths).

    It would be fantastic to receive a copy and if it’s as good as I’m anticipating, I’ll purchase a copy for someone else as well.

  60. Dana Sanford says:

    How would I love HTBE? Let me count the ways…

    Honestly, anything that will help organize my life and an eclectic batch of interests and activities would be appreciated. Plus my own motivation.

    Doing things the way I have been might require 200+ more years. Not that I object to living that long, but I could do so much more.

    I’m not expecting miracles, but any help is great.

  61. Kylie says:

    To help me help myself be at peace with what I always saw as a flaw – not able to stick with any one thing for long and to see the potential of having such varied interests. And to help me help guide my kids so they don’t fall into the same pitfalls – to see themselves as the amazing beings they are, quirks and all! :-)

  62. Dawn says:

    Hi, I just find out this “multipotentialite” term only a month ago via a Taiwanese’ magazine, and I thank that I finally understand it’s normal to me to have curious and interests on many different thing and thought can’t always stick on them. However, the contrast and difficulties between following my own voice and facing the realistic life makes me struggle to think where should I really go and do. I believe this is the MAIN reason I think I need more insight on the new book of “How to Be Everything”, and HTBE can exactly help me to make a more clear and much balance future life. Than you!!

  63. Michele says:

    Because in my whole life I’ve always struggled between my multiple interests, thinking I was weak because I couldn’t figure out how to stick with one only. Until when I’ve stumbled in your TED speak first, and your book then <3

  64. Tayo says:

    At the age of 14 I always knew I wanted to be a pharmacist, was very set on that and career driven and that was my goal. I became one, earned money and then came to a cross roads. I had always wanted to do multiple things but had the societal mindset that I had to choose this one thing. But its not true and its certainly not true for me. I’m so passionate about a myriad of things (helping people with their medicines included) that I want to mesh together my interests. I want all my side hustles to not be a side but rather be me reaching my maximum multipotentialite potential and this book would be awesome to dig deeper into that, find balance in that and ultimately live my best life.

    Thank you for offering this giveaway :0)

  65. Mauricio Alejandro says:

    Hi Emilie, I am a 27 year old guy from a city North of Mexico. Here is why I would LOVE to get a copy of your book:

    Since I was young I decided myself to outstand in this world, shortly after defeating a 3 year long therapy for cancer (Leukemia diagnosed at 4 years old). What started as a childish desire to be a “Hero” or “Champion” to make this world a better place matured after looking at all the pain and wrongdoings that my people -the mexican people- silently witness every day. Because of many and various circumstances I never had a platform or a mentor or anything to support my great will to grow into a person capable of helping an incredible amount of people. Not being able to be the person that I wanted caused a depression that lasted until a couple of years ago. I feel like a new me…but I still don’t know how to be this great person that I intend to be. While in college I studied and became interested in many subjects (Journalism, Human Rights, Psychology, Economy, Politics,etc) but only went through the surface of anything outside of Business Management.

    I intend to help a lot of people -the most I can before I die- and I believe this book will inspire me and teach me how to manage the many interests and fields I need to succesfully become a sort of “Wonder Entrepreneur and Humanist”. While I consider myself to be a fast learner, I learn the most through others and your book precisely gathers and shares a common ground on people that -because one or another reason- are in a constant growing and acting environment.

    At the moment I am a small Restaurant owner (not exactly a MP), but I want to be and do so much more. Even if you dont choose my answer, I wanted to take this one-time opportunity to thank you for your work, you personally have inspired me and not many people do that lately.

    Greetings from Monclova, Mexico.

  66. Mananeh says:

    Hi Emilie,

    I have lots of educational background and have worked in different industries for about 10 years.. I play music, draw like crazy out of blue (you can check my Instagram) do 3D designs, designing graphic contents, marketing, etc. I always had been doing couple of different thing at the same time just like it’s normal and had been great in them all.
    I turned 31 three month ago and was just crying for the whole birthday week that why I have studied and worked so hard in my life but I’m still no one and I feel so lost; why I can’t pick one thing like everyone and dig deep in it! Years are passing by without me being professional in one thing. Nothing keeps me that long. Turning 31 was not easy for that reason.
    I know I have lots of skill but I’m just lost among them and all in my head was there’s something wrong with me so, I stopped going to Grad school, Stopped working and all I was doing to figure out where I am standing.. soon after someone sent me your TEDx talk..
    I’m not crazy nor lost!! I just need to embrace all these skills and find a way to use them and there are people out there who need someone like me!! But how to get thing together and step up proudly with all I have, reading your book would be a huge help.
    I’m sure the world is so proud to have you. You have turned an essential missing light on.

    Kindly,

  67. Marnie says:

    Firstly…I’ve only just realised that I am indeed a multipotentialite, and I was so incredibly happy and overwhelmed (there were tears) that I’m not alone …it all makes sense now.

    Over the years I’ve poured drinks in bars, been a DJ in a nightclub, worked in a bottlestore, a material shop, supermarket, I’ve sat in the sun all day for a bungee jump company, worked as a temp, receptionist, administration, worked in a graphics company, several government departments, retail, I’ve been a PA, an events coordinator, convention centre coordinator, worked in mental health, a teacher aide, a school librarian, an ESOL teacher, ive imported goods to sell , I’ve studied at Vic University, I’ve been singing in bands for years, taught kids how to draw cartoons in a school setting, a relief teacher in early childhood and an art student AND I STILL DONT KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO WHEN I GROW UP……

    NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY

    I am currently producing an art book for teachers (which will be ready in a matter of just a few months). I’m a part time art student who is learning computer graphics one day, screen printing for another project another day, clay the next and in between I’m a relief teacher……I sew (I recently completed 100 products for an up coming market and 60 more yesterday, I restore (recover footstools), paint (I even have commissioned work), I draw ……i dream creativity….every waking moment is consumed by a potential new project……I really think I need a copy of your book.

  68. Melanee Marshall says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how discovering that I am a multipotentialite has changed my life and the way I now see myself. I now walk confidently in my multipotentialitenes. I can only imagine how empowered I will fill after reading my autographed copy of “How to be Everything.” It’s a book written after my own heart! The world won’t be ready!

  69. Mónica says:

    I am intrigued and love the idea of finally having something solid that explains – not justifies – my multipotentializing-being-life-character to my kids. Choose me please! Best!

  70. Tina says:

    Both my daughter and I are multipotentialites. I have struggled for most of my life trying to keep all of the plates I have spinning, and was very grateful to find others who understood that this was not only because I have difficulty saying “no” but also because I find all of the options so interesting, so I want to say “yes” to everything. I would love to read your book to better understand my relationship with the world, but I would like to share it with my daughter even more.

  71. Emily says:

    A friend showed me puttylike.com when i was doing my annual “I can’t do this job anymore, i need to be free” deliberations (other than when i used to work only in the summer, I’ve never continued working through the summer). I was enthralled at once, in this world of validation and greater self-understanding. Even just finding this community of people who describe the internal and external struggles that i am so paralyzed by has given me the courage to stop being so stuck. It’s feeling pretty scary right now, finally moving forward with projects that I’ve had in my mind for years, putting them out into the world – what if I don’t succeed? What if i don’t follow through? What if I can’t get them to a point of income producing by the time I’m out of my limited savings? What if my depression zonks all my energy? What if i give up and get stuck again?

    Fears come in the form of questions that don’t need answering, but skills and strategies for making my projects and passions work for me and my life come in the form of your book!

    How DOES one be everything?

    Or, as my brain likes to envision – how does one do everything?

    Coming one day in the future to a city near you: the everything cafe. Coffee, creative baking/food, pottery studio, art gallery, activist space, live shows, drop-in childcare for marginalized families, feminist book shop, dance studio for Folks with disabilities, for queer prenatal classes, for low-barrier kids martial arts/dance, office space for grassroots social justice groups.

    I had a good laugh when i read the post about different ways people bring their multipotentiality into their work. Can you tell i’m one of the ones who tries to put all my passions/interests into one thing? :) Currently at the stage of lying on my couch being simultaneously inspired and petrified by my intensely desired dreams. Help?

  72. Lindsay Atkins says:

    I’m not certain it is exactly what I need in my life right now, but I would love to find out! However, I am 100% sure that there is plenty I will take away from reading it for myself and others. Definitely intrigued and hoping I am chosen for one of these copies.

  73. Emily G says:

    A friend showed me puttylike.com when i was doing my annual “I can’t do this job anymore, i need to be free” deliberations (other than when i used to work only in the summer, I’ve never continued working through the summer). I was enthralled at once, in this world of validation and greater self-understanding. Even just finding this community of people who describe the internal and external struggles that i am so paralyzed by has given me the courage to stop being so stuck. It’s feeling pretty scary right now, finally moving forward with projects that I’ve had in my mind for years, putting them out into the world – what if I don’t succeed? What if i don’t follow through? What if I can’t get them to a point of income producing by the time I’m out of my limited savings? What if my depression zonks all my energy? What if i give up and get stuck again?

    Fears come in the form of questions that don’t need answering, but skills and strategies for making my projects and passions work for me and my life come in the form of your book!

    How DOES one be everything?

    Or, how does one DO everything. My brain thinks like this – coming one day in the future to a city near you: the everything cafe. Coffee, creative baking/food, pottery studio, art gallery, activist space, live shows, drop-in childcare for marginalized families, feminist book shop, dance studio for Folks with disabilities, for queer prenatal classes, for low-barrier kids martial arts/dance, office space for grassroots social justice groups.

    I had a good laugh when i read the post about different ways people bring their multipotentiality into their work. Can you tell i’m one of the ones who tries to put all my passions/interests into the same place? :) Currently at the stage of lying on my couch being simultaneously inspired and petrified by my intensely desired dreams. Help?

  74. Kwynn Gonzalez-Pons says:

    Reading about multipotentialites, it was the first time in my life where I felt that a-ha! moment. Finally I had a name for it. I wasn’t crazy. It’s actually helped me embrace this side of myself where before I was always talking it down or viewing it as a burden. I’m about to start my PhD in August and I want to continue to freelance writer (something I’ve just broken into) as well as keep my internship. This book would remind me it is possible and not only that, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I think most of us just want to feel like we’re not alone in this world and I think this book would remind me of that.

  75. Mary says:

    I love your blog! It’s the only blog I read religiously. Every time I read a post I think, wow this was written just for me! I’d imagine your book is the same. I’d love a copy to share with friends!

  76. Ashlee says:

    Hey Emilie,
    Thanks for this opportunity to tell you about how your book would help me out! I’m 27 and usually refer to myself as an “independent artist” as I spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears achieving my degree in dance and I guess that’s my ideal self, however I feel like I spend more time teaching and at my reception and hospo jobs than I do dancing myself. I love facilitating community arts projects, but I miss performing and feel my elite dance ability slipping as time goes by. I am on the brink of upgrading my qualification as a Pilates instructor but I am hesitating because it is a huge investment of time and money and I’m worried that it will take too much time away from my dance/art projects, not to mention the little voice telling me I’m not passionate enough about teaching Pilates to justify the investment. I did a dance writing workshops earlier this year and would love to try being an arts writer/reviewer and I’ve also embarked on a goal of selling handmade origami jewellery on Etsy. I also have a secret dream of taking up singing lessons and getting into music theatre (even at an amateur level) to satisfy my childhood dreams. Basically I feel like I want to do everything and am not achieving much at all, but your Ted talk switched on a lightbulb for me, and that along with your website has made me feel a bit less overwhelmed. I think your book would help even more to ease my confusion and fear! Thanks again for your work, what a fantastic community!
    Ashlee
    (Melbourne, Aus)

  77. Aline says:

    Hi Emilie,

    I am a 23years old university student studying Sociology. Before that I had started to study mathematics, but realized that it was far too narrow and abstract – but I find the real world quite interesting (and think that there are so many issues to tackle).
    Now, I definitively like Sociology, but I don’t like the university setting. I feel there are so many restrictions and that I don’t have the space to learn the way that I can learn best. I want to explore so many topics, but the format doesn’t leave me the time. Usually I am thinking that it is just something that I have to deal with and get through with. But whenever I am reading your blog, it pulls me out of my daily, routine-laden life and I get a glimpse of how much more exciting life could be. There are also so many things outside of university that I would want to learn: how to play the piano, how to dance, finally take up writing and drawing again, learn how to program, … I also want to deepen the network of loving and kind and amazing people that I am so grateful to have.
    Why I am planning to aquire a copy of your book?
    I want to get into that more open and excited mindset for when I decide upon my future course, escpecially whether I will go for a master degree – or if I do something crazy and find out that this might be what constantly makes the world a bright place for me.

    Thank you so much for your inspiration
    Aline :)

  78. Donn King says:

    Finally, a resource that can help me figure out how to make an interest in everything practical! I majored in journalism years ago because it was as close as I could come to not declaring a major–it gave me an excuse to poke my nose into all aspects of human existence. But figuring out how to make a living with that has been a challenge! In the twilight years of my life, surely it is time to figure out how to bring all this together. I’m intrigued by the possibilities this book represents! Thank you for the opportunity!

  79. Ashlee says:

    Hey Emilie,
    Thanks for this opportunity to tell you about how your book would help me out! I’m 27 and usually refer to myself as an “independent artist” as I spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears achieving my degree in dance and I guess that’s my ideal self, however I feel like I spend more time teaching and at my reception and hospo jobs than I do dancing myself. I love facilitating community arts projects, but I miss performing and feel my elite dance ability slipping as time goes by. I am on the brink of upgrading my qualification as a Pilates instructor but I am hesitating because it is a huge investment of time and money and I’m worried that it will take too much time away from my dance/art projects, not to mention the little voice telling me I’m not passionate enough about teaching Pilates to justify the investment. I did a dance writing workshops earlier this year and would love to try being an arts writer/reviewer and I’ve also embarked on a goal of selling handmade origami jewellery on Etsy. I also have a secret dream of taking up singing lessons and getting into music theatre (even at an amateur level) to satisfy my childhood dreams. Basically I feel like I want to do everything and am not achieving much at all, but your Ted talk switched on a lightbulb for me, and that along with your website has made me feel a bit less overwhelmed. I think your book would help even more to ease my confusion and fear! Thanks again for your work, what a fantastic community!
    Ashlee
    (Melbourne, Aus)
    (Melbourne, Aus)

  80. Ryan says:

    I picked up HTBE from the library and need to buy it! I often pick up books and scribble down some notes or photocopy a few pages and try to incorporate new ideas into my professional and private life. It’s rare that I give up scribbling and decide that I need to buy the book because the book speaks to me.

    This book is special! There are many books that tell you what you can or should do and how to be all that you can. Then, there is HTBE which after a few pages is like looking in a literary mirror. HTBE is you! For many multipotentialites, HTBE explains what you uniquely are and then narrates how and why to embrace you and live the best life possible.

    After 1 reading and reading many posts on Emilie’s site, I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I am sure I need to buy this book!

  81. Vanessa Dos Reis says:

    Hello Emily!
    I would absolutely LOVE to have a copy of your book, both for myself and to later pass it on to someone! Why I need a copy? I’m at that place in my young life that is full of inspiration and dreams, and because I am multifacted, multitalented, a MULTIPOTENTIALITE…Im trying to learn HOW I *CAN* be *EVERYTHING* that I dream of being! Im currently working part-time as postal clerk, learning my way through the film industry as an aspiring actress, studying energy-healing methods, and figuring out how to put together 2 small businesses (dogwalking, and selling art that my mother and I have created). As someone who has so many varied interests, talents, and skills, I think your book would be a vastly inspirational and educational read, and a stepping stone toward manifesting my full and joyful multi-potentialized life! Thanks for creating your blog and your book, and helping people who are just like us! :)
    Have a wonderful day!

  82. Krisztina says:

    Hi Emilie, I would love to win this book. I have many different projects going on besides my full time job and I really need some advice on managing the chaos :) I always feel like I never have enough time…Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!

  83. Francesco says:

    Hi everyone! Hi everything you are!
    I’d like to receive this book because Puttylike gave me a big hand with myself when I discover it surfing the web and now i’m at a turning point of my life. Will this book give me the right direction on my path? Come on take the challenge and send me a signed copy. Let’s see what happens. I will be grateful.

  84. Gwen StJohn says:

    I started making a list of all the things I want to do, create, make, accomplish and I realized that I could not narrow the list down to what a normal person might think is proper, so I just need to know how to be everything!! It is all SO important. :-)

  85. Marian says:

    Dear Emilie, I literally cried when I saw you TED talk, everything fell in place… there was nothing wrong with me! I was instead something amazing: a multipotentialite! ? Your message really has changed the way I look at my unusual resume and path, where I used to see “unfocused” I now see “interesting and different”. And although I am lucky enough to have a job that keeps me away from monotony and boredom, I still want to do so many other things… but no idea how to find the time and energy… I’m sure your book will help!

  86. Sarah Cook says:

    I need a copy of this book because I tend to punish myself over things I should be proud of.

  87. Ram Jalan says:

    Hey, thanks for being the mirror of my dreams. Your thoughts and messages have confirmed me that I was doing right. If you think I make sense read on the following brief note:

    Since my childhood I’ve been the one doing multitude of things. Besides studies Painting, Sports, Reading, Science Models and then went on to be a Tutor, Trainer, Assembed Computers then sold Soaps, Mobile Connections and then did my MBA, etc. My parents didn’t like my spread of things. They said one day I will end up nowhere. Basically they wanted to say I will be a failure.

    Today as I stand in the middle of my life, 35 years old. I feel my profile has lot to say. Yes, I didn’t be a master – a scientist, an auditor (left entrance exam in middle because I felt I would get bored), didn’t work very hard for GMAT exam (went to average college) but I worked very very hard throughout my career to do everything honestly. I Think, honesty, I could have achieved more.

    At times, I feel guilty. I feel, were my parents correct. Was I wrong? But one day at the Airport I came across this blog and this changed lot of my thoughts. But r ur words practical, can it transform me, NOW! When my career is made.

    I wish to read and live a peaceful and committed life way forward. Commitment to my dreams and my intelligent that Almighty has bestowed upon me. I m a Multipotentialite and want to harness it.

    Seek your guidance. And your book with your message will have that aroma of confidence that will always stay with me.

    Sorry I got carried away. But spoke my heart out. Love and Regards.

  88. Sarah says:

    Why do I need this book? Well, I have just, at the age of 28, started my first full-time, permanent job as a department assistant at a library. Every position I have done previously has either been part time (allowing me lots of time to explore other passions) or short term (I worked on a political campaign – 100+ hour weeks, but after 3 months I was done).

    Now, I like my new job. I get to do a little bit of everything that needs to be done at the library. Plus, having health insurance is nice (and a necessity, since I have Crohn’s disease, and what is happening with healthcare in the US right now is very scary). However, I am struggling to figure out balance between my job and what else I want to do with my life. I can’t picture being *only* a dept. assistant forever. My challenge right now, that I think HTBE will help me with, is to prevent both boredom and burnout in my job (constant challenge for me) and find ways to continue to make my life exciting and challenging.

  89. Karen says:

    Talk about timing!! I was just telling my friend Jenn about HTBE today and told her she could borrow it when I was done the exercises…she’s never heard of “multipotentialites” but she works in marketing, is a breastfeeding coach, is former roller derby, and just joined a ukulele ensemble. Now she is trying to figure out how to use her talents to help new businesses learn how to leverage social media in their marketing. As she said, she “likes her job, but wants to find more meaning.”

  90. Melody says:

    I’d love to win! Ever since I was little people told me that I should be buckling down and what was wrong with me so at the age of 46, I had to move back to southern cal to help my 80 year old mother and got into the nursing program but didnt make it through so now I’ve fallen backwards into doing nothing but having ideas float in my head but not taking action or where to start and broke due to the high cost of the rn program I was in lol I think it’ll help me finally understand why I’m such a multipod, scanner or renaissance person and how to go about living a life in that way and not being pulled down by that there’s something wrong with me. Thanks so much! Keep on being an inspiration! I love love how you do you! Gives peeps hope!

  91. Meta says:

    I sure can use a little guidance into getting my brain and life in order and to start proccesing the chaos I feel.

  92. Krisztina says:

    Hi Emilie, I would be so happy to win this wonderful piece of work of course! I am having a very hard time on managing multiple projects in my life right now besides having a full time job and being a mom.
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  93. Parth Parekh says:

    Hello Emily.I need the book right now because i want to know how to be master at everything you do and after that I be much better at helping people in various ways. I want to help as many people as I can and if they have any problem they can come to me. After reading the book I may be able to help everyone irrespective of what the problem is because I would be the master of everything.

  94. Yanti Amalia says:

    I found your TED Talk around 2015 and for the first time in my life I knew what was “wrong” with me and because of it, I knew that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. Everything you’ve written on your blog resonance very well to me, the impostor syndrome, my surrounding’s perceptions of me, and most of all: the job field.

    It’s been two years since and I still can’t find the right way to live my life. I procrastinate on finishing my thesis because I don’t want to seem more and more clueless after graduating with nothing (or everything, really) to precisely do and pursue. I am 26 now and the clock is ticking loud on my parents’ ears. :))
    I want to get my life in order but I don’t know how or where to start since I know no one near me that is just like me that I can ask for advice or look up for example. I hope your book could give me, even just a glimpse, the scenery of not-being-so-clueless.

    This is the first time I’m writing about it and baring my information for the world to see in an open space like this.

    Anyway, cheers from Indonesia. :)

  95. Rachel says:

    I need your book to highlight and underline (I have an e-copy which I can’t do that with), so I can lend it to my multipotentialite kids and friends and so I can be saved from agreeing to do one more administration job when my skills are better placed in the arts and healing!!

  96. Becca Nelson says:

    When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I said that I wanted to be a teacher and a concert pianist who also wrote and illustrated my own children’s books.

    As an adult, I am a software engineer and designer who used to be a music teacher, and I am feeling stretched thin. While I am trying to be a software engineer, a musician, a writer, and a designer (and a person!) all at once, I am falling short. I have been feeling pretty down on myself lately for failing to do it all, and I need a book like this one to tell me it’s okay. While I would love to just know How To Be Everything, I think I also need to know How To Be Everything while also having realistic expectations and being kind to myself.

  97. Pick me! Pick me! ?? Mainly because I’ve been working on my personal website for a long time – it has been a struggle mostly due to the variety of interests and pursuits I’m currently employed and engaged in. In my very first blog post – which will go live as soon as the website does next week – I talk about exactly this, I share your Ted talk, and I discuss why multipotentiality is actually something we should encourage more in schools. I am a secondary school French and Music teacher, yoga teacher, teacher trainer, writer, and musician. I’m so happy I stumbled on your talk some time ago – it opened my eyes! ??????

  98. Pick me! Pick me! ?? Mainly because I’ve been working on my personal website for a long time – it has been a struggle mostly due to the variety of interests and pursuits I’m currently employed and engaged in. In my very first blog post – which will go live as soon as the website does next week – I talk about exactly this, I share your Ted talk, and I discuss why multipotentiality is actually something we should encourage more in schools. I am a secondary school French and Music teacher, yoga teacher, teacher trainer, writer, and musician. I’m so happy I stumbled on your talk some time ago – it opened my eyes! ??????

  99. Antonio says:

    Juggling between Slash and Einstein I found How to Be Everything an excellent starting point to take control of myself and stop blaming me for not being a poster guy. Having read the book in kindle I find a hardcopy useful to go back and find references quickly (not to mention the added value of the autograph). Good job Emilie!!!

  100. Audrey says:

    Because for 50 years I have been trying and not doing it well.

  101. Marie-Hélène says:

    Hi Emilie! Thank you for this giveaway!

    Since I discovered Puttylike, I feel less alone as a multipotentialite. It’s a great job you do with this blog.

    So why is “How to Be Everything” exactly what I need in my life right now? Because at 28 and after many (MANY) changes in direction, I still wonder what to do with my life. You see, since high school, I have gone through all these fields of study: presentation design, cinema, visual arts and humanities at CEGEP (I live in Quebec, and CEGEP is the school where you go after high school, usually for 2 years if you want to go to university, or for 3 years if you want to graduate in a more technical discipline and enter the labor market thereafter).

    At university, I then graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies (which is itself multidisciplinary: anthropology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, history, etc.), a master’s degree in public relations and a certificate in sustainable development (another multidisciplinary). Next to all of this, I held a vegetarian cooking blog and collaborated on another eco-responsible blog.

    I now work in urban agriculture. And even if it is a cool working environment, I do not feel that I develop to my full potential. I feel like the only place I belong is on school benches. I lack confidence, I lack motivation, and I wouldn’t mind a little help with my “career”. “How to Be Everything” seems like just the book I need to help me find some way towards my fully grown multipotentialite self.

    Thanks again and have fun DJing ;)

  102. Taryn says:

    I bought the ebook but really prefer print… Became a Humanities major in college because I couldn’t choose between writing, singing and making art and 20 years out of school I’m still attempting to include all of those things in my life–but I feel much more justified in doing so thanks to you!

  103. Payton F says:

    Hello Emilie,

    I stumbled across your TedTalk by searching for a speech to perform for my Speech and Debate tournaments, and as soon as I began to listen it hit me. This was exactly what I had been looking for, this term to help me with what I’ve done and am currently doing.

    Over the years, I’ve played chess, checkers, violin, soccer, softball, competitive swimming, track, and cross country. I’ve dabbled in writing, drawing, sewing, crocheting, public speaking, hair styling, calligraphy, and making stuffed animals. Something that really bothered me is that nothing held my interest for too long, and I’d always move onto something new.

    No one I knew was like that, and whenever I heard someone say they’d been doing a hobby for years upon end, it made me feel like it was wrong I gave up a hobby before. But when I found your speech, I realised there were more people like me out there.

    There were people who did everything their heart desired and went on adventures, people who were like me. I eventually chose your speech and performed it, and I had one person come up to me after and say that it felt like I really connected with it.

    I did, I truly did, since I had some way to define myself. For years I would say the name of my latest hobby, but now I can look people in the eye and say “I’m a multipotentialite.” It’s something I’m really proud of too.

    I’d love to receive the book so I can figure out where to go next with my life, whether it be diving back into one of my old hobbies or trying something completely new. For me, it’s just an amazing experience to know that I am not alone as a multipotentialite and know that there’s others like me.

    Thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. I hope if I receive the book it helps me find direction and maybe a bit of peace in my life.

    Sincerely,
    Payton F.

  104. Rachel says:

    How long is a piece of string??
    I have so many ideas that I want to make happen but get so overwhelmed I often don’t know where to start. I currently work for a children’s charity and run my own animal rescue charity, but I also want to start a NFP in East Timor for street dogs and cats, do my masters in International Development, learn roller derby, finish my coding course, learn the ukulele so I can accompany myself singing, record an album, publish my children’s book, learn french, get on to the humanitarian aid register, complete my cert IV in training & assessment, learn how to use my camera manually, and I really need to focus on my health and fitness with the remaining time.
    So yes my list is long and I need HELP! I’d love your book to learn how I can do all the things!
    Thank you :)

  105. Robin Rosenberg says:

    Why do I need your book now? Let me count the reasons:

    1) when I first saw your Ted talk, I burst into tears because finally, someone else understood me.

    2) I’m 55 years old and am on career #6. Will I EVER be able to retire?

    3) Maybe you can help me figure out how to finish my dozens of varied craft projects that I got bored with before completing them.

    4) I’d love to be able to give my daughters an answer to the question, “how do you figure out what you want to be when you grow up.” I sure never did.

    5) I’d love to be a good role model for my children, but how does a multipotentialite measure success? I don’t have a clue.

    6) In this day and age where being a multipotentialite (or Renaissance person as I always thought of it) is disparaged by society, how do you reconcile your feelings (or lack thereof) of self worth with society’s assessment of you?

    So yes, I could really use your words of wisdom and sense of clarity.

  106. abdul says:

    so many things go in growing up, to get to grip on things & realise true potential, we undergo journeys out-of-oomfort zone. I am sure there are some anchor points to be found somewhere. Does your book has it?

  107. PowerMechGuy says:

    I’m about to become a young adult and I’m at a turning point in my life. I came at the turning point of the years when everyone was being taught to find a job and settle down. When I approached this website for the first time I felt understood. I am interested in winning this book because I am planning to found a ground breaking rennassaince company that will change everything. I feel as though this book will set me on a path that fits who I’ve been since birth. A person who is passionate about anything he sets his mind to. Thank you for reading, and God bless you all.

  108. Tiina-Maija says:

    Hi Emily,
    I saw your TED talk last year and it was like coming home, sooo relieved after watching it and I have watched it so many times since. That’s exactly how I have been feeling, that I don’t really belong in the scene where I’ve been, and wondering what is wrong with me as people around me look to be fitting just fine. Watching your talk gave me the courage to set up my business, called MindYourBusiness, through which I offer leadership coaching and mindfulness consultancy; and alongside it I am building an MLM business, and teaching private yoga, study pet reflexology, …… it seems as hard as I try, multiple ‘things’ keep creeping in and it’s a challenge to focus on one and get a solid revenue stream going, which is frustrating because I believe that once I establish one good business base, I’ll have time and freedom to do the others. But how to focus on the one with all the others ‘being there’ too, that is the question!
    Listening to your talk and since then reading your blogs, which I love by the way so please keep writing them, has given me the sense that I am not alone out there, and that there is a better way forward.
    Lots of love from Dubai,
    Tiina-Maija

  109. Lucas says:

    So, here we go. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a doctor, then I grew up and entered in some rock bands, and in high school I studied electrical engineering. After some time I went to college to study nursery and gave up the medschool, by this time I’d win money by selling some candies I made and fixing computers. Then I started on sales, dropped the candies and started selling colognes and parfums, after some months I dropped it too and decided to try to work as a nurse, then I started another graduation at health services management, this time I’d win my money by selling some handcrafted bracelets and necklaces, after a couple years I drop it all out to study psychology (this was just last month). Nowadays I’m working as a graphical designer and I’ll start the psychology graduation in a couple months. Any doubts I’m a multipotentialite? How to deal with this? That’s what I’ll learn with the copy I’ll win.

  110. Aleka says:

    Why?
    It sounds majestic, sounds possible, sounds like a beautiful Unicorn materialized in the reality.
    And to receive your book directly from you is the signature of it, it is the signature that I am open to receive, to be all that I want to be / do.

  111. Jennifer says:

    Hello!

    I am a newbie to the community after stumbling upon your TED talk. I’m a 31 year old multipotentialite who is currently spinning about 3 different plates while dreaming of more. I’m a mom, full time employee, part time children’s race series coordinator, part time book seller and want to be student. For SO long no matter what job I’ve held I’ve found myself bored after a while and frustrated with myself for not being like most of my other friends: 10 years into a career, making a good amount of money and seemingly happy with the direction they are taking. I’ve always preferred to be busy, but Iike diversity and hate my desk job – I’m just lacking some guidance so I would LOVE a copy of How to Be Everything. It’s like I’ve finally found my community!

  112. Tom Franov says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now?

    Hi Emily, I would love a copy of your book, although I am so busy, I wish it was an audiobook, so I can listen to it in my car. : )

    I think being a rapidly adaptive personality is part of being a multipotentialite.

    Learning quickly and also being able to shift gears on the fly immediately, using all of our multipod diverse talents and knowledge to get things done, whatever the goal is, is a blessing.

    I think the near future might hold a lot of rapidly developed and deployed businesses and business models.

    Can you imagine a team of multipods rapidly creating an entire business startup overnight, from concept to launch?

    I think we are on the cusp of doing these types of things here in America, especially since innovation as a mindset is becoming more promoted.

    Being first and fastest to marketplace will probably become increasingly important, as more creatives come up with similar competing business ideas. Those first to market with paradigm shifts will have an edge.

    Then rapid adaptability keeps on winning with rapid Management and UX Design cycling.

    Seems like knowing how to do everything would be helpful in being successful at these things. : )

    This is the vibe I get from everything I have learned and experienced over the past two years, just thinking out loud.

    Thanks for writing the book, I will probably buy it if I don’t win it!

    Best, Tom

  113. Gibby says:

    As I enter college I will get a lot of advice on how to be successful by specializing in something. What I really need is advice on how to be what I truly am: a hydra. You may be the only guidance available for me.

  114. Heidi says:

    My mom recommended your book to me and I picked up a copy from my local library at which point I devoured it, proudly pronounced myself a slasher multipotentialite and immediately felt better about myself and my path(s) in life. I will be 40 in October and have had to constantly push negative thoughts away from myself (and comments from others) about not having a single-career path. Your book made me realize that I’m doing things right for me and took the “should be doing things this way” burden off my shoulders. I am so much prouder of who I am and the various things I’ve accomplished in my life! I would love to own a copy of HTBE to have on my shelf to constantly remind me of all the good things about being me….a fabulous multipotentialite!!!

  115. Jan Anfruns says:

    I had grown tired of the world that so delighted me. I had for so long felt and endured the mixture of horror then pity as I routinely drew down disparate elements to solve problems. Now in the twilight of my life I discover there are others like me. I discover this burden of gender and passion of potential is ok.

    I need to know everything, I need to belong. Is, How to be Everything, what I need in my life right now? Will, How to be Everything, be the everything I need to tell my children about their gift of potential upon potential.

  116. Albert says:

    It would be an honor and a blessing to have your book right now in my life. I have found your site a year ago, and have relished in the fact that I was not alone on being a multipotentialite.

    But, after reading your posts and hearing stores of other multipotentialites and their journeys, honestly I felt inadequate in comparison to them. Now I know I should not compare myself to everyone else’s story, because everyone has had different experiences. It should not be a matter of ratings and quality.

    Even with this thought in mind, I still would like to have your thought-out words of encouragement, in a more precise and lengthy form. Even if you were a tree among the same kind of trees, you would still feel overwhelmed.

    I have tried many things in my life already, and yet I cannot find what I wanted to do/achieve. Moved a couple of times, tried different jobs, and even on who to hang around with, yet I still have an unexplainable feeling of un-fulfillment and yearning for more.

    Do I have wanderlust, longing for unknown, or maybe trying to climb higher than my current plateau? I genuinely can say that I do not know.

    I hope for even a bit of answers, and your book might have the whole or fraction of words I need to hear.

  117. Loki Carbis says:

    I am constantly torn in a million different directions, so many different ideas and plans and inspirations and projects, and rarely making more than tiny incremental progress on any of them.

  118. santiago says:

    For many years now I’ve felt out of place as if something was wrong with me. My inability to choose a fixed path has always made me feel anxious about the future and life in general.
    In the midst of a really stressful month, I came across your Ted talk and it was one of the most liberating feelings ever.
    Suddenly, I stopped feeling like a weirdo, I had hope once again that all of my interests could find a course in life; that music, cinema, psychology, lie detection, language learning (and teaching), drawing, photography, travelling and FX (among other things) did not need to be weeded out in order to feel useful or successful (or not like a complete failure).
    Suddenly, my life course made sense. I’d be great to get the book, but honestly, I just wanna take this opportunity to thank you for opening up about this issue and making us all feel welcome and included (if you do in fact read all of our comments)
    Thank you Emilie, and keep spreading the message all over! =)

  119. Rick says:

    Because at the age of 62 (Thursday), I still haven’t figured out just how to be everything! I will be getting my lifetime national parks pass, and the book may enlighten me during my breaks on the trails and as I continue to figure out my life when off trail.

  120. Aubrey says:

    Dear Emilie,

    Thank you so very much for being your amazing, multipotentialite self and for writing HTBE! I first came across your work after your 2015 Tedx talk in Bend, OR (my hometown). Reading HTBE gave me the ability to deeply exhale for the first time. You offered me the opportunity to breathe and honestly, for a girl who’s a fan of linguistic precision, sometimes, there just aren’t enough words to describe being seen. People I believe have three main questions in life: Do you see me? Did you hear me meaning were you listening and do I matter to you? Your soul and body of work shout back: “Yes, I see all of you, I love all of you, you are not alone and welcome to the tribe, you always have a safe place to be exactly as you are.”

    The entire book can be summed up as, “Yes, me too!” I have love (me too), I’ve experienced pain (me too), I have fear and anxiety about not following one linear path (me too), my soul is infinite and can’t be placed into categories or boxes (me too), I refuse to choose only one thing because to do so would break my heart and dim my light (me too), I am proud to be exactly as I am and I embrace my multipotential nature because of you. Because of your example, I belong in the world to the multipotentialite tribe and to myself. Thank you!

    I am a voracious reader and hope to be a published author (thanks for the inspiration), I love being able to hold the space for other people as a trained therapist, the sociologist in me is forever curious as to why people do what they do, I love the topics of world religion, the intersection of disability & LGBTQ+ identity, women’s and animal rights around the globe, and most especially that I have the privilege of being able to offer my experiences to the world in hopes that they inspire compassion, empathy and understanding.

    I just finished my master’s degree in counseling and I’m six months out from turning thirty. While that is very exciting, it’s also overwhelming to find the next steps. I’ve always been someone who knew what I wanted and went after it. For the first time, I’m not sure where the next months will lead me or where I will end up. It’s destabilizing to have so many paths at times but thanks to HTBE and the tribe, I am becoming more comfortable with not knowing everything and being more open to what the present moment and experiences will offer me.

    All my love & blessing to you, Emilie and Valerie, I hope wherever your dual potential leads you both, that your life together will be filled with inextinguishable joy. You deserve that and each other,

    Aubrey

    P.S.~ Please come back and do an event in Bend, OR. The entire community would be thrilled especially me!

  121. Martin Lynn says:

    I have finally kicked my internet addiction. I’m reading and finishing my side hobbies more than ever. I’m cranking through productivity books and improving my productivity at a really fast rate. I’m excited about where I’m going. I have ADD and a few of these books touch upon it (secretly may be written by people with it.) Your multipod talk really touched me and I’m at a great point in my life to dive deeper in to what you think about what it is to be a person.

  122. Silvia says:

    That awesome person is calling me each and every day, saying “hey, I have got a great idea..can you help?” But I’ve got a great idea too, so who comes first??? So if I ever win the book..cover up and the book is hers, backcover up and the book is mine! ?

  123. Sarah says:

    I first watched your TEDtalk on a whim one evening while I was doing research for a work side-project and I remember thinking, “Holy crap. I’m not alone!?” That video helped me find the confidence and comfortability I needed to quit my engineering job to go teach overseas. When I watched it again, it helped me to discover my “overarching theme.” A week later, during a business school interview, I referenced the video and my interviewer laughed and said, “Yeah, this whole interview I’ve been thinking about how you’re the perfect example of a multipotentialite.” Not only did I get in to that school, I got a half-ride scholarship. Exposure to your video and the puttylike community propelled me to understand myself, find my path, and pursue the dream I was too distracted to realize I had. Granted, I’ve been alright with just watching the video over and over, but I would love nothing more than to win a copy of HTBE so I can dive further into the multipotentialite world.

  124. Yannick says:

    We are the indigos.Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong to this planet,speaking in a language no one understands…Reminescence of my birth day where(as per mum) I was the only child born on this particular day.Recreating this visually with angels singing,twirling and throwing flowers all over.Celebrations which normally take place during every child birth.

  125. Marianne Poh says:

    Hey Emilie!
    I discovered your TED Talk on the plane on the way to a volunteering trip in Kenya (my first time in Africa; and I was flying from Melbourne, Australia). Your talk was the start of many personal epiphanys to follow with the many beautiful experiences I had working with the slum children in Limuru, Kenya.

    Since returning to Australia I have joined your community, shared your video to my friends, and buried myself in university and scholarship research, as I am seriously considering dropping my high-paying job with one of the biggest FMCG global multinationals to go back to university and study medicine/public policy.

    Being part musician, part scientist, part teacher, and part commercial marketing manager; and overall a passionate advocate and regular volunteer amongst the vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, I know where I want to end up and bring my skills to, i just don’t know how to do so in a cost effective way (uni fees are expensive).

    I feel like I am only at the beginning of this new chapter of unrealised potential, now that I know it’s OKAY to be me. And your book would be a great asset in this exciting new journey of self-discovery. :)

    Marianne

    p.s. come visit australia!

  126. Eugene says:

    Why do I need a copy of How To Be Everything? Because I’m worried that in the process of trying to be everything, I may become rattled and confused and end up only complete a portion of what I’ve set out to do! Time management, remaining focused and having a clear vision are the most important ‘next steps’ for me, and any move I can make to figuring that out, would be amazing!

  127. Jeff says:

    I know I can do anything, so I try to everything. Except when I do nothing because I can’t decide what to do or I don’t think that I should be spending small amounts of time on so many different things.

  128. Rhys Thomas Stuart says:

    Hi Emilie,

    Last October, my GP said I had depression. That began a series of actions to get back on an even keel including medication and counselling.

    In counselling, one of the things I learned about myself was that I was constantly looking. Looking for that one thing I was born to do / be. The flip side of that was it served to make me unhappy with “my lot.”

    Watching your TED talk made immediate sense, and was part of the healing process. Being able to read your book would continue that healing*.

    Thank you for reading this and helping me to understand that being a Jack of All Trades is quite cool.

    AtB

    Stuart

    * I’m going to buy the book anyway so don’t pick me – that way you get an extra sale! ?

  129. Pia says:

    I’d love to read your insights on getting all your stuff more organized, as I suffer from startitis. Loads of good ideas, can’t seem to bring them past the hobby stage. Having lived half my life already I think it’s time to take the next step!

    Also, I’d lend it to all my family so they can see I’m not just a nutcase. ;-)

  130. Maxine says:

    At almost 39 years of age, I do still believe that I’m not grown up yet. At all points of my life, I’ve always participated in many things, and well… i just happen to be good at a lot of things. I find that we are lucky as multipotentialites, because in this day and age, so many people have to juggle multiple jobs to get by… but maybe the rest of them don’t get to enjoy it as much as we do.

    I enjoy receiving your emails and to see what you’ve got going on. I’m glad to see success with your book, and hope to be reading it soon!

  131. Sabrina says:

    All my life I have been drawn to so many different interests. I would begin one, throughly enjoy it, but then get drawn into something else. I have battled with myself, thinking that there was something wrong with me or that I was lazy, not fully understanding why I was capable of doing so man things without doing or choosing just one. Then, I found your TedTalk. I never knew that there was a good reason why I am the way I am and there were benefits to it. Your book would be amazing to have and read as the next part of understanding how to hone my uniqueness as a multipotentialite!

  132. Marissa says:

    I’m a mother of 2 kids, a stepmother of sorts to two more, a lesbo fiancé, an admin assistant at an arch firm, etc. For work I do office managing type stuff like planning events and ordering supplies. There’s also HR things like orientations and getting forms filled. The job doesn’t end there; I also put computers together and troubleshoot AV like an IT person. The final major work hat is a graphics one, and with this one on I make InDesign reports. This is all with a guise of an admin assistant cape at a reception desk, front and center. I’m behind on expense reports. I cried at my desk today. I need help doing what I do but better, perhaps more efficiently. What I crave is more outdoor adventures, more in depth forest bathing sessions, to be a better cook, to finesse my design skills and to give my kids the adventure I yearned for as a kid living with my grandparents and 2 sisters in the garage of their care home for women with mental illnesses… There is def more room for learning how to manage all that I was, all that I am, all that I could be doing.

  133. Audrey says:

    I’ve just met someone(okay, someone i like…:-)) who pass though things that hurt and he seems so lost and so questionning his life righ now, i recognize me, one year ago, before i found all this articles, and all your fantastic testimonies all around the World. That helped me, in a way i could never thank you all enough. I didnt read your Book, but i’d like to give it to him . We all need positive energy to fill our mind and body. You, all,this book make a part of the job. So thanks for that .

  134. Alexandria Smith says:

    The reason as to why? Your book will help me? Because a guiding light is what is needed when standing at crossroads that lead into so many different directions and wishing to take each single road but the pressure of choosing one crushes yourself. The screams of being forced down a path, when your heart longs to journey each road. Know it is right, but, without a light to guide it seems a lost.

  135. Joy says:

    I hear you! Between taking coding classes, setting up my portfolio, redecorating our living room, watching makeup tutorials and writing my fantasy novel, there usually isnt much time left. Except daydreaming of course. And currently I’m daydreaming about owning your book. I know I will benefit from it. I will even settle for an eBook.
    I need this book because my above mentioned hobbies some times are difficult to manage and there is ton of other stuff I want to do, but if I pursue another hobby besides working, the guilt attacks me and I worry if I’m wasting time.
    I need to find a perfect balance of working, creating art just for my enjoyment and still have time for being social.(creativity list is too much and I haven’t even started on half of these: Finish my novel. Get started on my game app. Get started on my portfolio website. Get started on oil paintings for every room. Finally make that awesome fondant cake design that has been swirling in my mind. Become internet famous). Along with becoming a full stack developer and work at google.
    Yes, I need that book very much. Plus I will even review it for my book blog too. Did I mention I’m a blogger too?

  136. Marta says:

    Hi Emilie! I think your book could really help me and one of my best friends, who have both dropped our careers as professional musicians to pursue a more “conventional” life, me as a marine biologist and her as a pediatrician. We both love our new careers as well, but whenever we think back on our past as musicians we feel that something essential is missing in our lives but we haven’t figured out how to merge the two…
    Thanks a lot for your blog!

  137. Emilie says:

    Hi Emilie ! Nice contest, thanks ! I would love to get the copy of your book because this is exactly what I need at the moment ! Some of the many reasons : 1/ I love what you do and I am very curious about that book 2/ I have too many projects and ideas at the moment so it gets difficult to prioritize or make room to do and be everything 3/ I might need some motivation not to get depressed regarding one of my project (my company that I launched last year… I could keep on but you won’t have time to read them all ;) Best.

  138. Sérene says:

    Hi Emilie,

    I’d love to win a copy of your book because I feel pulled in a lot of directions right now. I’m back working for my old company, part-time so I can figure out my own business. But I’m really feeling the pull to commit to my art making more fully. I know I need the outlet and the self-expression, but I also think I’m ready to create pieces to sell. Yet, I’m feeling guilty for not focusing on my business, even though I haven’t found the right way of doing my business that resonates with me and my ideal clients.

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  139. Clarissa Z says:

    Hi Emily,

    Why I need HTBE in my life right now? Because I don’t truly believe I Can Be Everything at the moment… I’ve always known myself to be a multipotentialite but when it comes to becoming a professional one at that, it paralyses me. I’m finishing a music degree and I feel like this diploma will never allow for any opportunities I want outside of music. Also, I see friends, old classmates struggle so much to find jobs and settle into stable positions (alright to be honest a stable position sounds like a nightmare to me…), I fear I’ll become just like them.

    Your book would bring me inspiration, guidance and courage to go through my fears and truly be faithful to my true multipotential self…

    Hope to win this! Cheers!

  140. Alya says:

    Liebe Emilie,

    I’m writing you from Austria. After my studies in law and political science I have become more aware of what really matters to me. I have worked for a law company and wrote poems and made art projects. Now I am finishing a book project about artificial intelligence. I am originally from Russia and I would like to translate your book into German and Russian (at least into German, since it would be easier to publish it in Germany & Austria for me). So what do you think?? Best, Alya

  141. Cecile says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of HTBE!
    Why do I need it so much in my life right now? I think it’s because I feel I’m at a crossroads of so many different options/possibilities and I’m a bit stuck, not wanting to give in to chaos and keep it small, and I have a feeling this is the perfect book that will help me get some much-needed clarity :)…or maybe not, but having been reading your blog consistently for a good while now, I’m very excited to get to read the book !
    Thank you!

  142. Stacey says:

    HtbE book is exactly what I need in my life right now.. because I have not ordered it (yet), whilst developing a support platform for intrApreneur multipods in their professional fields / UN sustainable development goals. (Aaand without bothering Emily during her busy bee life stage! ..But one day soon I will disclose all about it with invites! =))

  143. Ekta Joshi says:

    Hi Emilie,

    I hope I can convince you with my words here. All my life, I’ve seen by roads instead of a single path.I could never pick just one thing to do and as a result I have ended up having various degrees including one in business administration, another in law and yet another in linguistics. But you know what the sad part is? Even now, I feel like I belong elsewhere or probably I belong everywhere! I still wish to pursue other interests such as sociology and writing with a burning fire which most others don’t understand

    While my parents and friends have tried to be supportive, they have certainly discarded me as a ‘confused case’ in their minds. My journey is also doubly challenging as I am from India. While my country is wonderful in its own way, we are taught and conditioned to pick traditional careers such as engineering and medicine our whole lives, and any deviation from these is almost taboo.

    I know there are probably many multipotentialiats like me in India who don’t even know that they are awesome! I know there are many like me here who think of them as ‘useless’ and probably on the verge of giving up.

    But I want to be their hope. I want to bring the change back home. I want to inculcate the power of multi potentiality and that why I would love to win your book.

    I for some very strong reason feel like your book could turn everything around for me and for many others like me in India.

    Whether I win or not, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me realize I am not wrong just because I am different:)

    Thank you!

  144. Matthias says:

    Hey Emilie,
    while my room is bursting with books and after checking my savings account I recently decided not to buy any more books for the next 3 months. But now I really want to read “How to be everything” as this is a topic I am thinking about a lot lately. What should I do? -Betray myself? -Deny myself the wisdom of your work? Only you can help me out of this dilemma! :)
    Cheers!

  145. Yaa Saah says:

    Hi Emily! I’ve been stalking you for a bit now; after my cousin sent me the link to your TedTalk. I’d like to win this book because in the part of the world where I’m at (Ghana, that is) it is almost impossible to be a multipotentialite. Literally. I just completed an LL.B programme and as you may have guessed, I’m looking at not taking the bar. This has brought so much frustration to my family/friends; and even myself because I really can’t stand the pressure! Sometimes I get that imposter syndrome and am tempted to go back to a ‘simple’ life of having an actual career. But I have since embraced my multipotentialiteness; I just want to learn how to be everything now, because I have very limited sources on learning about eho I am.

  146. Alexandra says:

    Hi Emilie,
    I’m french so my english is little practiced (thanks to G. Traduction !). At the question: Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now? I answer: because, with your blog and this book, you show me the light in the tunnel !! I’m 43, i’ve got 2 child and cat/dog, and actually i’m housewife since 5 years (not desperate !). Before, i did not stay in a job more than 2 years. My parents, my friends told me that i didn’t know what i wanted, that i had to choose and that i began things so as not to finish them ! All this part of my life, i believed them so i was discouraged, I resented being like that: unsure of myself, always in doubt, unable to choose … I believed in the label that they had pasted me. So i let all down and decided to take care of my children (the most important job of my life and the best). Now, i do scrapbooking, paintings, cookings, training my dog with positive education, pilates, data processing…and one day, i discovered you and the word “multipotential”. It was a revelation, a relief, a delivrance: i’m not null, i’m not nothing, i’m not inconstant… i’m a multipotential !! This word change my life: i’m more sure of myself, i don’t give a shit of what they say now, i do what i want and i know myself now ! Thanks a lot :)

  147. Hannah says:

    I recently discovered your TED talk and watched it while realising that I am a multipotentialite. I have so many different passions and asked everyone I know about if there is a way for me to combine everything I love or a way for all my different passions to fit into my life and no one seems to have any sort of answer for me. I have been searching for an answer before I even realised the word multipotentialite was a thing because I knew I was a little different and just couldn’t fit the standard format of loving one thing completely and only that. I have been choosing a levels and university courses and jobs even recently, being pushed to do so by my school, and I just can never decide and keep thinking there must be a better course for me out there which would include something of everything I love. I hope your book may hold some of these answers because at this point I just want even the smallest amount of guidance to show that my life can be lived successfully as a multipotentialite. Thank you for holding this giveaway and dedicating yourself to helping people just like you. I hope I can be someone who is of this amount of value to someone as you are to me.

  148. Francesca says:

    Last year a friend of mine showed me your TED video because he tought I would have found it inspiring, and I am reading your blog since then. I think that a signed copy of HTBE would be the perfect way to tell him “Thank you”, don’t you agree? Best wishes from Rome, F.

  149. Michela says:

    Buongiorno Emily and everyone, I’d like to have a signed copy next to my bed to remind me I’m not alone, that I can be whatever I want and change my life as many times as I feel to and that I must learn to live without feeling insecure, guilty or fear of not being the best

  150. platypus says:

    Hi Emilie,
    I haven’t been following your blog for long, but it has been a huge relief to discover, that not only are there others out there who feel the same like me, but that one can actually can be a multipotentialite and make a living of it. I’ve have been feeling like a fraud for the longest time because I get interessted in a lot of things all the time but never ‘stick’ with anything. It helps me to realize, that there lies a power in this character trait and instead of scolding myself for it I should just embrace it. Your book would be a real help with that right now. Thanks for your thoughts and writing.

  151. Capucine says:

    Hi Emilie!

    Thanks for the opportunity and congrats on your book! I don’t know if I NEED your book, even though I’ll probably end up buying it anyway, because need is a strong word. But I’m at a turning point in my life, between a job in finance I’ve been doing for many years and I quit yesterday (yayayayay!) and my new life doing everything starting now. Thanks for sharing with the world that it’s ok to want to do everything, and might even be good!
    If I get your book, I’ll read it voraciously (while finishing the other 4 books I’m currently reading) and proudly share my signed copy with all the MP (MultiPotentialites, aka aMazing People) around me.
    Thanks again!
    Capucine (Paris, France)

  152. Why I need ‘How to Be Everything’ right now?

    I think I am a potential multipotentialite! I am pursuing engineering research currently, I love (and can do, to a certain extent) movie making, video editing. I write in Marathi (one of several regional languages in India). I have written a feature film and developing myself to be a lyricist in parallel. The problem is, I am not able to manage all these passions and end up unsatisfied at the end of the day.

    Hoping that HTBE is the bang-on answer to my queries for leading life ahead.

  153. H says:

    Dear Emilie, in addition to all my other activities… :-) … I am writing a book myself right now. It’s not about multipotentialites, but I think your book could inspire me a lot (just as your website does). So I would like to read it anyway!

  154. Melanie says:

    Listening to your TED talk already had such a great impact on my life. It made me understand something important about myself and I can deal with it and accept it better, I’m grateful for that! I’m still very much struggling with having so many plans and always feeling like a day never has enough time, feeling like everything I do is not enough and never knowing quite where to go next. How do I bring it all together, how do I decide? I’m in need of some advice!

  155. Hey Emilie,
    Scanning all the other wonderful comments on here already, I don’t know how you’ll pick a winner, I know I wouldn’t know how. I thought I’d still give it a shot and chime in, as well as say a word of thanks to you and tell you a bit of my story in the process :)
    I just wanted to thank you for writing your blog and your book. For the longest time in my life I felt like I was different from other people. Everyone around me was known for being into one subject or another, loving this hobby or that, getting boyfriends or girlfriends, while I was just in my little corner alone drawing, writing, learning Japanese, French, Swedish, Korean, and dabbling in basically every form of handicrafts under the sun. What was wrong with me?
    While my peers went onto college and university to study their “of course” subjects that they’d been interested in all their lives, I was left in a bit of a eddy: what was my thing? I seemed to be able to become equally passionate about almost anything yet the idea of devoting myself to any one subject to the exclusion of the rest felt suffocating. I couldn’t come up with any correct phrase: I was artistic; I was active; I liked telling stories in different mediums…but mostly I just felt like I didn’t fit in. Lacking any better wording for it, I settled for being weird—“normal but broken.”
    Then recently I found your blog due to a friend who told me about it. I was immediately interested, and after watching your Ted Talk and trawling through your website, I finally realised that I was a multipotentialite. I can’t fully express what a relief it was to find out that I wasn’t even the only one! Having gone so long thinking I was the odd one out had only made me wonder why, and would it have been better if I’d been born somehow “programmed correctly” to focus only on subject rather than tens. I even gave this method of existence a try for 8 months: focussing on one job to the exclusion of other hobbies and activities. By the end of it I was so unhappy and depressed I knew that I wasn’t made for that lifestyle.
    I’ve struggled a great deal to figure out what to “make of myself” and what career to build—I haven’t seemed able to get too far into building anything before switching and “resetting” all my progress. I finally settled on becoming an entrepreneur, which would allow the greatest amount of freedom for what I want to do as well as actually being able to support myself.
    The reason I would love to win HTBE is to help with this, to help with organising myself and figuring out how exactly to be everything which is the one thing I’ve been trying to work out with sporadic and limited success.
    Thank you for all the word you do and for being such an inspiration. I’m really happy to know there is a community for us and that other people have gone through the same things I have experienced.

    Many well wishes from Finland! :)

  156. Jenelle says:

    I’m struggling, really struggling, to figure out what’s up with me. I recently lost my job after 11 years with the same company and had to start over. My boss didn’t want to let me go, but she said she didn’t know what to do with me. I’m just all over the place, doing anything and everything, doing helpful projects and assisting others, but often not finishing before moving to something else. I was doing good work and she thought maybe I needed time management training, which I took, but couldn’t quite apply to my style. Since being let go, I’ve discovered I’m more scattered than ever and searching for how to define my life. Nothing was quite matching up with the norm. After some searching, I stumbled upon puttylike and it’s the first place where I found something I could relate too. I think I’m a “multipotentialite.” It makes sense with me. I’m soaking in the posts and I’d love a copy of your book. For the first time, I feel like it’s okay to continue being the me that I am. Thanks for this chance!

  157. Kristel says:

    Hello! My dreams and skills are all over the place, and I keep running behind them and cannot catch them. Like Alice and the rabbit, and your book screams ‘read me’. I have recenty discovered that a few of my quirks resemble ASS, a blow to an already low self esteem; though at this point I feel worthy enough for a better life. I also feel that I already know enough, just not on how to start and how to push through, those rabbit holes are damn narrow. Kind regards, greetings from Belgium, Kristel

  158. D. says:

    “How to Be Everything” is exactly what I need right now, because I feel stuck at my job and I am uncertain how to proceed with my career. As for office work, I enjoy doing seemingly boring stuff such as analysis and writing reports, but also creative tasks such as writing and coming up with campaigns (I’m in PR). On the other hand, I would love to do something more meaningful with my skills and I would highly appreciate to have more flexibility in my schedule so I could also fit in some hobbies, such as dancing and creating scrapbooks. At the place I am right now, I feel as though I’m wasting my days by doing something that does not completely reflect my personality and the life I want to build for myself. I heard your interview at Zero to Travel podcast and was so inspired by the whole idea of multipotentialites (and started reading every blog post here :)), so I would love to learn more about the concept and how it can help me discover different aspects of my personality and skills.

  159. Talitha says:

    I am on the cusp of finishing my General Studies degree (with minor in Digital Media and Musical The) and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up! I need you book in my life to give me the tools to bring my passions together and/or just give me some peace of mind.

  160. Peter says:

    I have tried so many things in my life so far, that I’m wondering if it is even possible to find some system in it. After a few years I found your book and I have good feeling that this is it :)

    Thanks for writing abou this topic!

  161. Why is “How to Be Everything” exactly what I need in my life right now?
    Simple: because, at age 41, I’m still strugling to juggle all the various and different interests in my life and, as a mother of 3, I keep tell my kids they can do whatever they want and I’m still trying to get to the point that I actually can be an example on that.
    I know I will get there… eventually… somewhere just before age 50! :-P Having your book, Emilie, would help speed up the process so much that I might actually get everything more in balance before even turning 42 next year! ;-)
    Thank you for spreading the word on how being multifaceted is awesome and I hope I can get that word on my hands with your autograph soon. :-)
    All the best! :-D

  162. Debora says:

    Hi Emilie!

    It would be great to have a copy of your book. When I watched the video of your TED talk I felt so encouraged and reassured about my nature. Thank you!!
    I’ve always been practicing many hobbies or better I’ve been cultivating many passions (foreign languages and literatures, singing, playing transverse flute, acting, art – getting two certificates to be a tourist guide) and since I started looking for a job I felt so uncomfortable and disoriented because at first I found it so difficult to find MY job. And I used to live (and sometimes still live)this situation as a “condemnation”. You gave me another point of view: I’ve got a huge (multi)potential, not a condemnation. I’ll be following this multipotential way happily, now. Better and even more happily with your book!:-)

  163. Lia Rees says:

    I would love a free copy of your book! Renaissance Business was excellent and I’m sure this will be the same.

  164. Hi Emilie! Greetings from the Philippines! I’ll keep it short because I think it’s difficult to browse through long comments. But I would be over the moon if you pick me as one of the two winners. I’ve been subscribed to your website for so long I feel like we’re secret friends. And secret friends share books don’t they?

    Enjoy the craziness! Power hug!

  165. Mickey says:

    When I was 12, I had class in school called moral instructions where we would learn about different values. After each lesson in our books, there would be a paragraph about a famous personality who showed that particular value from the lesson. After one such lesson, the famous personality talked about was Leonardo Di Vinci. The paragraph talked about the numerous professions he practiced among other things.

    As a kid who changed career choices year after year, his story offered me the perfect solution. I could be everything I wanted to be. I didn’t have to choose. My 12 year old mind did not realize that Leonardo Di Vinci lived a very long time ago and times have definitely changed.

    It’s only once I reached high school and started looking for college courses and discussed with my parents about my career that I realized people like Leonardo Di Vinci don’t exist today. Yet, that didn’t change the fact that I still wanted to do more than just one thing.

    Somehow, on more than a few occasions, when I’m thinking a lot about something, a TED video is released related to my thoughts. It’s crazy, but amazing.

    One evening, in 2015, my parents and I were having another one of our career discussions. It didn’t end nicely. I was upset because I knew I was expected to choose just one thing. That same evening, your TED talk came out. It was the first time that I heard someone speak that way; someone who was like me. I was introduced to the word multipotentialite and I loved it!

    Now, I’m a high school graduate and I still don’t know what to do. For the past few months I’ve been questioning myself and doubting myself. It’s not the best place to be in.

    After numerous discussions with my parents, they have come to understand me. They realize that I have varied interests. But they are not multipotentialites. They support me and try to give me all the help I need, but they cannot guide me in this case.

    Your book could be the perfect guide, not for making all my decisions and sorting out my life, but to give me the right push and motivation I need so I can have some clarity and make better choices.

    I loved listening to your thoughts when I watched your TED talk. So I know your book will inspire me the same way and with it I can start my multipotentialite journey right away.

    I know time is precious and I don’t want to lose any more of it by thinking and worrying about what I want to do. I think your book will give me a kick of inspiration to take that first step and pave a path for everything that I want to do.

  166. Francesca Paola says:

    Hi, i’m Italian and I don’t speak good English. I can only thank you for not let me feel alone anymore, here in Italy a word for us doesn’t exist and nobody knows about multipontentialite so I’m just weird and unspecialized or I don’t have enough experience in one thing, for this reason I’m unemployed and broke (or I have to be happy with boring horrible jobs). I wish I can read your book or one day meet you to thank you.

  167. Marie says:

    Because I am sitting here, in my pyjamas, at almost mid-day, jobhunting, having been out of work since mid-June after losing a job that, once again, became mind-numbingly boring because doing the same thing day in, day out was driving me insane. Not knowing where to go next now the job I thought would be fulfilling, because it should have been varied, turned out it isn’t when you’re just a small cog in a drudgingly large, sluggish organisation. Actually happier sitting in my pyjamas, listening to podcasts on the history of Rome, discovering new art I’d never heard of and learning philosophy, whilst memorising lines for a new play and rediscovering drawing and trying to find what I fancy having a go at next, now my plans seems to have hit a wall of banal.

  168. Laima says:

    I can answer in the words ow Winnie the Pooh:
    The more it snows (Tiddely pom),
    The more it goes (Tiddely pom),
    The more it goes (Tiddely pom),
    On snowing.

    The more things I do, more I realize how much more I can do. It is ovewhelming sometimes to realize that by stopping and chilling out nothing would pass be my.
    I wouldnt miss out.. I believe that your book would guide me in the terms of this direction.

  169. Zaahn says:

    No one ever asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I never thought about my future because I was too busy struggling to cope with the present. I’ve always had too many interests and dreams, and became a self taught expert in so many fields it became overwhelming. when I finished Uni I still had no idea what to do with my life, and after 6 years of being a self employed entrepreneur I am still stuck in a rut, constantly questioning my choices and my direction. I would be so grateful to win a copy of your book, and hopefully learn to put my many and varied skills to better use.

  170. Shilpa Velu says:

    Hi Emilie,

    I started following you and all your articles after watching the TED talk 2 years ago. Really inspiring talk! It was the 1st time I realized that there are more people like me in the world. I am writing from India, quite across the world from you. My mom always tells that I can’t decide on what I really want to do at any one time. She’s quite right of course. My best days are those when I can accomplish a lot of things in completely diverse areas. I really don’t like doing things systematically and always relish a good surprise any day. While typing this, I am also parallel y working on my office project doing some document update. I work as a Senior Embedded Engineer at an automotive company. I have also recently started out as a writing intern at a Non-profit organization. At the same time I am also learning as much as I can about copy writing and digital marketing so that I can foray into that area as soon as possible. I love reading books, listening to music, movies, blogs, learning about new technologies. I have a deep interest for various dance forms and want to get back to learning dance as soon as I can. I also am passionate about traveling to new places and want to explore the world and create a blog to recount all my experiences. Oh and yes! I really want to write a few novels sometime in the future. And so the list goes on.
    I am mother to a 10-month old and you can imagine that time is really hard pressed for me right now to do all that I want to do. Now you know why I really need your book!
    Right now, I am hoping that you will find time to read my comment and consider giving your signed copy to me :)
    But I have to say this Emilie, since I started out my putty-like subscription, I always look forward to your mails as it makes me happy knowing that its normal to want to do so many things. I don’t mind being the jack of all trades. You have been a true source of inspiration for me and I would like to meet you someday and thank you in person for that.

  171. Yair says:

    Hi,

    I’ve been a multipotentialite all my life (not knowing that I’m such),
    and I believe I managed myself pretty well.

    I have a son in his early 20th, who is also a multipotentialite, and is currently struggling with his multipotentialite characteristics.

    I’d like to give him the book (actually, you will give it to him !!),
    hoping it will help him with his plans for life.

  172. Yair says:

    I’ve been a multipotentialite all my life, and managed it pretty well.
    I have a son (in his early 20th) who is also a multipotentialite.
    He is currently struggling with his multipotentialite characteristics.

    I’d like to give him the book (actually, you’ll give it to him!), in the hope it will help him find his way in the world.

  173. Shilpa Velu says:

    Hi Emilie,
    I started following you and all your articles after watching the TED talk 2 years ago. Really inspiring talk! It was the 1st time I realized that there are more people like me in the world. I am writing from India, quite across the world from you. My mom always tells that I can’t decide on what I really want to do at any one time. She’s quite right of course. My best days are those when I can accomplish a lot of things in completely diverse areas. I really don’t like doing things systematically and always relish a good surprise any day. While typing this, I am also parallel y working on my office project doing some document update. I work as a Senior Embedded Engineer at an automotive company. I have also recently started out as a writing intern at a Non-profit organization. At the same time I am also learning as much as I can about copy writing and digital marketing so that I can foray into that area as soon as possible. I love reading books, listening to music, movies, blogs, learning about new technologies. I have a deep interest for various dance forms and want to get back to learning dance as soon as I can. I also am passionate about traveling to new places and want to explore the world and create a blog to recount all my experiences. Oh and yes! I really want to write a few novels sometime in the future. And so the list goes on.
    I am mother to a 10-month old and you can imagine that time is really hard pressed for me right now to do all that I want to do. Now you know why I really need your book!
    Right now, I am hoping that you will find time to read my comment and consider giving your signed copy to me :)
    But I have to say this Emilie, since I started out my putty-like subscription, I always look forward to your mails as it makes me happy knowing that its normal to want to do so many things. I don’t mind being the jack of all trades. You have been a true source of inspiration for me and I would like to meet you someday and thank you in person for that.

  174. I’m a few years past fifty. I paint, I write, I speak, I do consulting, and a bunch more stuff. I still haven’t gotten it all together right yet. I’m always looking for ways to make all of this work.

  175. Asmaa says:

    Hello Emilie,

    I first came across you on your TED talk and I have to say it just clicked. I’d always been the indecisive kid, the kid that still didn’t know what they wanted to do. It gave me the courage to apply for a university course I really love, that lets me study all things I love and allows me to link them together.

    Currently I want to be a poet/playwright/filmmaker/astronaut/archaeologist/explorer. I know to some people that may sound eccentric but I love doing everything. I find your weekly emails so timely and always what I need, from imposter syndrome to being okay with moving on to new things. I’ve been so inspired I’ve found myself advocating for multipotentiality wherever I go, family, friends. However, I think I lack knowing how to go about’being everything’. I’d like the book so it can help me take some more useful steps towards this.

    Thanks a million, keep inspiring!

  176. Jon says:

    A friend of mine forwarded me a link to your TED Talk a couple of months ago, it came just at the right time in my life. Well, it could’ve come sooner but it came when I was nearing exhaustion after nearly a year of being fed up in my fourth career! In just one spontaneous viewing, the anxieties from years of being criticised for wanting to do everything lifted. Two months later and I’ve just finished my last day at working for others within a framework I don’t fit. Now, I am at the start of my multipotentialite journey, a journey of entrepreneurship that embraces the talents and skills that we multipotentialites share. What’s more, it’s proving the right choice from both a business and pure happiness point of view. I could sure do with a copy of your book as I continue this journey; win or not, I will be picking up a copy soon anyway. Thanks Emilie – keep me posted if you ever come to London.

  177. penny says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now?

    Because I don’t know and want to find out.

  178. Ed says:

    Emilie,

    I’m sure I am one of your more mature followers. Even though I had a successful career in IT Management, I was also a musician, magician, computer nerd, owned an HR company and finally was early-retired by my Fortune 500 company and then most recently fell into a part-time career as an actor (and still doing some IT consulting), I STILL didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. After I ‘was retired’ I still wanted to work but was SO confused when I wanted to make us some business cards – I still wanted to work but… what would I put down? What WAS I? Even through my career in Information Technology, my passion was always music. So, during my career I would always go around saying well, I make my living doing IT work but I’m really a musician and I love to do magic, etc. What a mess, but that explanation was what I felt I needed to do to make myself feel good. Then, somehow, I came across you, your work, your philosophy and your company and signed right up. So… back to the business cards – They have my name, contact info and then all it says is ‘multipotentialite’. And here’s what that does… starts the conversations. I’m not locked in and I don’t have to get involved in a whole explanation about my ‘real’ work life, my passions and my explanations. I can just be who I am at that moment. This whole philosophy on how one sees oneself would have been very helpful to me earlier on in my life, but it is still helping now. I am sure, especially in today’s world, you are helping a lot of people find their place(s) in life and making it OK to be many things without feeling the guilt of multiple passions, jobs, etc. I was up early today because I am getting ready to leave for a few days of vacation… leaving within a few hours, actually. But when I was your e-mail this morning I’m now leaving with your book on my Kindle for reading company (I still love books, but sometimes my e-reader DOES become useful…). So in closing, you have been inspirational in my rather established ways but I am sure you are more inspirational and helpful to those who might be younger… but it also proves that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

  179. Nyree says:

    Why do I need a copy of HTBE? Well, maybe I don’t need it, but I really do want it!! I am almost forty years old and I have drifted from one job to the next and from one interest to another, I have started I don’t know how many courses and have finished maybe three of them. I have had several different answers to the glorious question “what do you want to do with your life?” and I can guarantee that the answer has never been the same each time it is asked (well actually that may not be true, I think I recycle my answers and come back to something I have thought about before, but have never followed through with).
    It would be nice to learn how to follow through and complete things and interests. I am raising a spirited young lady and would like to know that I will be able to support her through her life and myself and not keep just drifting through the minimum wage sector.
    Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
    All the best,
    Nyree :)

  180. Patti Berger says:

    Why is ‘How to Be Everything’ exactly what I need in my life right now?
    Hello Emilie. I need this book in my life right now because I am on the brink. On the Edge! I am THIIIIIIIS close to a pivot point in my life. I can feel it. I can almost taste it! I Truly NEED this book to help me BE EVERYTHING… right NOW. It is quite funny, really. In my mind I AM DOING all the things I ever wanted to do. I see myself doing the things that interest me (like… everything!) This past year is proving to be my ‘realization’ year. I am Doing! I am HERE in the present moment. I am experiencing life. I am starting to live the way I want to live. With your help (and book) I can grow even MORE!!
    Please pick me for your generous offer!
    Patti

  181. Eils says:

    I’m just… really struggling.

    I want to do SO MANY THINGS and I’m interested in so many things and I feel like life is just slipping away.

    I really want to do more and make the most of life.

  182. Kitty says:

    I can’t wait to read How to be Everything! I’d like to feel that it is normal to have such a wide variety of interests but learn to focus on finishing what I start, too. I want to do so many things but get overwhelmed easily and end up doing nothing. Thanks for what you do!

  183. Ryan Fly says:

    Em,

    Every morning when I wake up and see my new born daughter sleeping it pains me to decide to either wake her up for 5 minutes so she can see me or let her continue to dream and grow. My commute takes me far from home where my heart truly is to work a job to pay the bills. Knowing that my real legacy path can either follow the typical grind of a big tech city or be one that I lay for others to follow. My dream of solving the work life balance and helping people live happier and healthier lives is where your book comes in. The only way that tomorrow becomes the reality of my dreams is when I learn how to be everything including a #mellenialdad.

  184. Laura says:

    Because I now – more than ever ever (I am 33) – want to (finally!) let go and embrace my multipotential self! Walk away from that office desk, the full time job, and learn how to enjoy the multipod life 100%. Learn how to slide into my next chapter(s) and enjoy that great adventure. But I need guidance: Your book:)
    Xx from Copenhagen, DK – and thanks for the newsletters! You’re great!

  185. Mattie says:

    I feel like I’m already trying to be evrerything and do everything! But this desire is filled with so much guilt because I’ve been told my whole life I should choose only one thing! I want the encouragement and support to fully embrace my multipotentiality!

  186. Connie McCready says:

    I’m 67 years old and still learning about myself every day.Your insight has been invaluable!

  187. Danileia says:

    Hi Em!
    A few months ago I discovered I’m a multipod and I’m struggling with it. I’m very excited and thrilled about it but I don’t know what to do, where to go and how to organise my life around it… I’m kind of lost (LOL getting used to it)
    The thing is I’m from Argentina and I don’t have a credit card to buy it from Amazon, this giveaway is a great chance to get it.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    XOXO

  188. Stephanie du Plessis says:

    I already know that I WANT to be everything, I think this book can help me to figure out HOW to do everything!
    Thanks for all the great posts Emilie, for the first time in my life I have found a box that I want to be in!

  189. Jamie Rivers says:

    Discovering that I’m a multipod as created a sense of self-acceptance I have never felt before. I’ve read Refuse to Choose, but it was your TED talk that really brought a face to this mindset and a voice to my experience of life. I’d love to read more about your thoughts on the multipod life.

  190. Erin McKenzie says:

    Hi!

    I’ve always been a multipotentialite, but didn’t know it and occasionally saw it as a curse (deciding on a college major, deciding on a first after-college career, deciding on grad school, explaining my puzzling but not unimpressive resume to potential employers, etc.).

    I’m 35. At this stage in my life and career(s), I’m (once again / always) encountering a new set of values as far as what a happy, fulfilling, successful, sustainable life looks like. I’m convinced many multipotentialites are likely Enneagram type 7s, and as one post said about this type, “These individuals often sacrifice the financial benefits of specialization for the constant pursuit of stimulation.” I’m struggling with this right now because I’ve had the luxury to dabble in many areas, even successfully so. But I haven’t reached the level of financial achievement/security I really want to be able to contribute to my family at this point. I need to identify some longer-term (and financially viable) “track” to commit to … while still knowing that I also need and will not be happy without variety and the ability to use many of my varied skills on a regular basis. This book has entered my life at exactly the right time.

    I also consult with high school students (one of my hats is educational consultant). I know several students who would also benefit from a less linear/rigid visualization of what is possible in their own futures, while also having some practical guidance for achieving this potential.

    Thanks so much!

  191. Katie B. says:

    I actually finished reading a copy from the library last night! And to answer your question: I am in the process of starting over again with my career and making a change to something that will fulfill me more (and give me more variety!) than my current career. Starting over is scary, but your book helped me feel like this was normal and okay to do. I would love a copy of How to be Everything to have on-hand for when I start to doubt myself in this new path I’ve forged, so I can easily revisit and reread sections that can help me feel more confident. Thanks so much for your guidance in this journey :)

  192. Lily says:

    Hey Emily, big hello from France !

    The answer to your question is rea simple to me : I’m a 28 years old multipot’ , struggled my whole lifetime and even been to depression because of non understanding, accepting and knowing how to deal with my mutipotentiality… And guess what ? My little brother, who just turned 18, is so obviously a multipot’ himself !! I realy want to get a good grip on mine, and show him it can be a blessing and not a curse, and my deepest desire is for him to start his work life being comfortable with his multipotentiality, and build his own road to happiness.
    He will be the one I will give your book to ! He loves to read, and I believe your book could change his life, and lead him to a much happier path than mine.

    I’m also working on being (in other things) a theater teacher… Who know how many multipot’ I will have in my class ? :)

    Keep rocking Emily, and long live multipot my friends ! <3

  193. Bianca says:

    Hi Emilie! I would really hope to be able to win this signed copy of your book! Even though I may be one of the younger ones here, (I’m 20), I’d always feel that I never had a definite interest in my life. Looking at all my friends and family members, who seem to know it all as to what they want to do / things they are passionate about, I feel so lost and blind in this world. Then I went to google on “what to do if I don’t know what I am interested in”, and I found this website! Seeing that I am not the abnormal one was really such a relieve. Thus, I would love to read more about how can I go about in life – when I do not have a definite passion / specific subject I am interested in. I have so many big plans in life (to travel around the world, to be a designer, to be a beautician, to be a life coach, to be a nutritionist etc. etc.), but I really do not know how to go about doing it. I really do not wish to live a life that’s mundane, just because I do not how to start creating things and actually live a life, hence I feel that this book can aid me in taking my feet out of the box. So I really hope I could get hold of this book (crossing my fingers), and get out of the dump I got myself into by having so many ideas, yet not knowing how to work on them. xx, Bianca

  194. Ashleigh says:

    I’m a teacher, after being a lot of other things, and I find it disheartening to see that a lot of emphasis is still placed on helping kids find their passion– their ONE true passion. I’m interested in how those attitudes play into underperformance and low motivation among bright, multipod kids. For so much of my childhood and young adulthood having varied interests felt flaky, so it’s refreshing to have multipotentiality framed in a positive light. I strive to be a better model for my students, to show that no one needs a singular passion or goal to be happy, that diversity of interests is a strength, and that learning new things is a joy. Thanks for the work you do.

  195. Angelika says:

    Hi Emilie!

    This is my first time writing to Puttylike or any website. I’m stepping up because “How to Be Everything” would give me the courage, strength, and support of this amazing community to help figure out what my unique path in life will be. I graduated from college last year with a double major in my two loves, Russian and International Relations. Although I spent thousands of dollars on my degree, I could not find a career that resonated with me. I completed a year of AmeriCorps VISTA which I LOVED because I could combine my passion for social justice and education in creative and practical outlets. Now that my year of service is over, I wonder what my next steps should be. When a friend shared an article about multipotentialites I felt like someone finally understood me! Your TED talk gave me a sense of comfort in knowing that there are people like me, who are passionate about many things and can do them well, and they are NOT failures for exploring more in the world. I am excited to begin a meaningful, diverse career path that will allow me to explore and live in a way that brings me happiness. I would be thrilled to have a signed copy of your book to help guide me during this journey! Thank you for all that you do!

  196. MartinZ says:

    I’d love a copy of How to Be Everything to help understand and explain myself to others. Too often, I’ve been asked “What do you do, and what skills do you have?” In my toolbox, I am an analyst, a programmer, a writer, and a heck of dish washer/fast food employee. So the question always stumps me, and leaves me doubting my abilities. I am not in another person in a box, but what EXACTLY am I? I your can help me discover how my interests and strengths can lead to a better life.

  197. Dmitrio says:

    Thanks to your lecture, I realized that I am a multipotential. The answer to this topic has tormented me the last three years. I did not understand what was happening to me. And now I need your book to understand how to be and what to do. I read a fragment of NTVE on Amazon and I really liked it. And I also learned about your online multipotential club. But there you need to buy a license. And now, now I do not know what to do, buy a book or join a club. Maybe this is my chance to win a book and spend money on a club license. Thank you very much for the book and for the club!

  198. Jessica says:

    Hi Emily! How to Be Everything is exactly what I need right now because I’m a 35 year old student who finally thought I had found my thing (graphic design), which is what I have been studying and practicing for the last 3 years. But through that, I found a NEW thing (photography), and now I love THAT way more. I need your advice on crafting all these skills and loves and passions into work that the world needs and I need to do. Thanks for the opportunity!

  199. Helen Whitehead says:

    I don’t want a copy of your book because if I get it, it will sit on my shelf forever collecting dust because mostly all the other books i acquire end up in that position! Not that I wouldn’t try to read it, here and there, but as a multipod………ehhh, not happening.
    Thanks anyhow,
    Helen

  200. Erna says:

    Thanks to your TED talk and website, I am relieved to discover that I do not have a ‘malady’ after all: I too am a multipotentialite! Reading How to Be Everything would help affirm and guide me, I believe, so that I can celebrate this distinctive approach to life.

  201. veronik guernion says:

    Hey Emilie!Here I am: veronik, from France,West of Brittany, just face to the Atlantic Ocean!! HOW TO BE EVERYTHING would be great for me!
    … my mother said…(and keeps on saying) to me “you won’t be able to do everything!” I was a child, and now 49!…I just wanted to learn & play music, to have some artistic courses in painting, drawing …but she said ‘You already play basketball!’and later I complet it with athletics, kayak…
    I love foreign languages and cultures-speak english, german, italian, and read spanish- I’m also very talkative…I wanted to write a short post :))))
    So…very sensitive, and ‘psychologist’ too.
    My very curious temperament keeps on going, every day I’m self-educated in many areas … I’m an architecte -because I had to learn a job: I didn’t know what to chose!I took this way,thinking ‘you have to be curious to do this job’,but I’m very found of nature, I could be a lanscape architcte, but I’m only a self-taught botaniste, i know medecinal seeds too ;) …), but I don’t work anymore in this way (..2 hard experiences for my soul,too big ‘ego’of the boss,and a certain lack of humanity)… involved now in some personnels projects(nature is a big root for my inspiration_i’m a contemplative_and good observer in life) including different mediums, in photography, drawing & painting,sculpture writing poems, or prose, I had a recent experience in reading some of them, during a poetry festival in Belgium (it was the time, and I have realy loved it!!I want to keep on going this way!!) words come to me naturaly …and I take a pen,any peace of paper, or chawk on a wall in my house, or on the memo of my fone…or it is a message I begun to write to a friend! it’s sometime fleeting like a photography, just haiku…or just some words at the begining become a long text at the end…all sensations, all in a throw (some rhythms & rhymes will invites themself spontaneously, surprising me every time, when I read it at the end!!) & I’m making makets of book to show my work now!
    I also hear lot of music,all sort of music, lot of jazz and play guitare…I’m multi also in any mean of expression, that’s exponential!!…that makes a happy colorfull basard!!
    so…I need to organize my basard!!
    A little help by reading others multipods experiences would be a great idea !!

  202. Ina says:

    Hi Emily; it was a couple of years ago when I came upon your TED talk “by accident”. And it was then exactly what I needed to hear. I’m almost (next month) 50, living as a foreigner in America where I raised my 2 awesome “Gurlz”, Megan (24) and Leeanna (19) as a single Mom. Not only is it hard to live as a triangle, not really belonging anywhere but on top of that I always felt like something was wrong with me. I could never really make up my mind of who or what I wanted to be. I have so many interests and am constantly pulled in a new direction.
    Currently, I’m at a crossroads again. I’ve been Nanny to a wonderful family of 4 little boys under the age of 3 for the last 9 months. Now my oldest daughter is almost 7 months pregnant and I have decided to move 2 1/2 hours south to be close enough to her that I can be there when she needs me. So, new beginning, again. I’m just about to break down my tent here and head south next week. Though I have jobs lined up (working as Nanny for 2 different families) and looking for work as a Virtual assistant, I’m still not exactly sure where I’m going to live. But somehow it doesn’t even scare me. It always seems to work out and I’m looking forward to the new adventure. I have the potential to be so much, could have climbed the ladder in the corporate world, easily, but somehow that just never appealed to me. I don’t want to become so involved somewhere that I won’t have a way out. That just scares me. I get so excited by a new challenge but then, just as easily I get bored and need to move on or start something new. Will I ever grow up. Do I want to? Anyway, thank you for all you do for our odd community, Emily. I’m so grateful to have found you and would absolutely love to win your book ? Thank you so much and best of luck in all your endeavors. You sound just as busy as I am ? Sincerely, Ina

  203. Angela G says:

    Emilie – July 28! You know very well it will take more than 2 days to draft, edit, edit, re-write, cross-check and re-write the winning response to this competition. Your writing is on point, and a game-changer for all multipods still trying to figure ‘everything’ out. Silvia and Chuck deserve a copy of your book too!

  204. Meaghan Johnstone says:

    HTBE is the exact phrase that I have been struggling with since graduating from Concordia COMS 10 years ago (remember me?), jumping from photography to film to international development, to TESL, to writing, just to name a few. I have been struggling to accept my fate as a multipotentialite, still getting sweaty-palmed and even avoiding social situations just to dodge the inevitable ‘what do you do for a living?’ question and ensuing panic attacks. This book, from everything I have read on your site and newsletter, will help me move from being a closet-multipotentialite who somehow still believes that I’m abnormal and messed up for not having a more linear (and secure) career path, toward self-acceptance and embracing this inner recklessness as a gift that has potential to bear tremendous fruit. Can’t wait to read it!

  205. Emily Harper says:

    Hi Emilie!

    I am an artist/geologist/hiker/technician/tourguide/florist and I am JUST about to leave my summer position as a paleontology tour guide in New Mexico to go back home to New York where I have a month before starting my winter job as a ski/snowboard technician!

    I am going to spend that month working on my new project, backpackerbooklist.com, making art, and READING… I really want this book and I was going to get it out of the library because I have no money right now but if I could have a copy that would be not only AMAZING but when I’m done I will pass it on to my brother who is also an incredible multipotentialite (metal sculptor, graffiti artist, writer, musician). Thanks so much for all your awesome work!

    Emily!

  206. Rick says:

    I feel that I could use this information in your book because right now I am conflicted between the one task person that society has molded, and being the multi-industry game-changer that I have always known deep down in my heart that I am.

  207. Verónica says:

    Hello Emilie!!

    My name is Verónica and I’m from México.

    You can’t imagine the relief and joy I felt when I saw your TED talk for the first time, 2 months ago. I’ve always been struggling with my identity because there are many things I like and many thing I would like to do. I constantly feel frustrated because I have never quite fit in.

    But the worst moment of all was when I graduated. It was absolutely terrible, I had a mind full of ideas that didn’t seem to fit in the “real” world and a sense of no-direction that threaten me to get to nowhere.

    How to be Everything will mean a possibility to continue to cultivate and appreciate who I am and to use my skills and knowledge not only for myself but to help others.

    I hope you know you have inspired people all over the world, including me, a mexican gal who is willing to learn more about herself and the world.

  208. Cianne says:

    Between balancing work (where I’ve just stepped into three new roles simultaneously) and going back to uni in just over a month (studying an interdisciplinary program that covers at least four departments), I think it’s safe to say I’m happily in multipod mode.

    Something that I have not managed to figure out, however, is how to balance all of the above without melting into a big pile of tears and Doritos as I try to find my rhythm and keep from bursting into flames.

    I think your book will help with the latter, and hopefully stop the melting-into-tears-and-Doritos thing. If I don’t win it, I’ll just have to buy it instead ;)

    Thank you for making a space for all of us who never stop learning and who are always curious about the newest thing that just passed our radar….or that thing we learned out three years ago and then promptly forgot about until someone mentions it to us.

    It’s so nice to know there are others who are forever fascinated by everything and anything. <3

  209. Soheila Shourbaji says:

    Emilie! When I first stumbled upon your TED talk, I felt all kinds of warm fluffy beautiful things in my gut. I was just a 17 year-old high school senior about to take the decision that doesn’t just define the rest of my life, but also who I am and what I hold dear enough to stick to for that much time. But here’s the only thing I knew, I AM NOT STICKY. Nothing interests me long enough and if it could, I would have to take serious breaks. So, back to my mind blown senior self, I exhaled all the pressure, hearing you talk about how it never really is the end. I felt like I could finally learn how to be tender to my highly branched mind. I literally grabbed a notebook, studied your ideas, read your posts and started spreading the word about multipotentiality. Many of my friends related and I was so thankful for that moment I clicked on your talk and the other infinite moments that sculpted your mind to be a roadmap for the rest of us. Now, I’m leaving for college in 20 days to study biology and it’s getting increasingly jittery where I’m trying to convince myself that it’s okay and that I can stop wherever I need and follow the rest of my dreams. That’s why I really really need this book especially signed by yourself. All the love and gratitude there is xx

  210. Tara says:

    It’s all in the be. Doing everything? Check. Making everything? Check. Dreaming everything? Check. I would like your book to remind me that in the mist of it, it’s important to do it all up in a way that allows one to take the time to enjoy what, how, and where you BE. In other words, how to do, make, and dream everything, in fully-embodied, multipotentialite deliciousness. (And if it doesn’t tell me that, I’ll love the book anyway, if from a slightly less multi and more potentialite perspective ;-))
    [P.S. Runner-up reason: did you notice I omitted the ‘website field?’ Branding as a multipotentialite is my nemesis and I have avoided advertising the bazillion things i’m already doing anyway for fear with those things will end up competing with one another. Me thinks you have a magical remedy for this and other multipotentialite ills. So, lay it on me, Wapnick!]

  211. Elisabetta Gabriela says:

    Hey Emilie, thanks for inspiring so many people.
    I wish I could have your book because Amazon does not sell signed copies :)))
    Any chance for you to come over and give a lecture here in Italy?
    With gratitude,
    Elisabetta

  212. Robin says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what you need in your life right now?

    I’m nearing the end of a two year working holiday and travel adventure, during which I’ve thrown caution to the wind and discovered a new lease on life. As someone who is at times crippled by anxiety, I first watched your TED talk shortly before I left and the multipotentialite concept has been an extremely helpful revelation! Returning home will be another challenge as I will have to navigate many decisions in all areas – a copy of your book would be an amazing tool!

  213. Elissa says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what I need in my life right now? Well, where do I start? I’m currently working for two companies, a startup where I wear 19 different hats and a dull, financial based company where I jump from project to project without actually being able to complete anything. I strongly dislike both jobs and I’m trying my darnedest to cut these shackles of fear and start my own business. After a handful of started and abandoned niche-websites, and being just about ready to start YET ANOTHER niche business, I stumbled upon Puttylike and Renaissance Business, and I’ve been reinvigorated and inspired to say “F*ck your niche!” and just do it all and do it my way and connect with others out there that I KNOW are just like me. I literally feel physical exhilaration just thinking about everything my multipotentialite heart can do and how it can continue to grow for the rest of my life. I’ve been in tears of elation pouring over articles on Puttylike. And I am so freaking excited to immerse myself in How to Be Everything.
    Winning a free, signed copy of the book would be really, really cool. But let’s be honestly, I might not be able to wait that long and just buy the book within the next hour. XD

  214. Zee Labega says:

    “How to Be Everything” is exactly what I need in my life right now. I’m in the middle of raging, rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth midlife crisis. Instead of buying a motorcycle and dating a 20-year-old, I trashed, donated, or sold all my worldly possessions that didn’t fit in my little car and drove from California—my home for 20 years—to Texas to be with family until I figured out my next step. After recovering from the upheaval, I discovered a Makerspace. I’ve been to classes and meetings on everything from leather working to special FX make-up, to futurism. I’ve gone swing-dancing, taken swimming lessons for the first time ever, and I’ve been an extra in a movie. I’ve applied for an online job (didn’t get it), tried to work for a delivery service (sort of like ride-shares, hated it and stopped), and continue to work for my current clients. But I’m exhausted trying to do too much and I don’t have the focus I need to leave this place and go to the next. Focus might as well be a four-letter word. Eek! I need some kind of clarity at this stage in life, and since the Puttylike approach won’t make me go against my nature and force me to do only one thing, I think “How to Be Everything” help me relax and move forward. After all, Emilie has already helped me with her blogposts and by simply being a role model. I can still be a filmmaker and an accountability coach and a juggler, right?

  215. EMA says:

    I need some direction, I’m in a “standstill” and don’t know which way to go…need help and the book can give me perspective and provide calm. Thank you

  216. Adam says:

    Hello Emily,

    during the last few months I’ve been developing a fairly new organization concept. I named it “organization with scanner approach” or SAO. I recently saw Barbara Sher’s book, and because of your knowledge and passion of sharing it, I’m quite eager to read your book. This point of view about some rare organizations could boost the world’s growth and knowledge sharing, which is my WHY (if you know Sinek’s concept, you know what I meant :) ).

    All the best,
    Adam

  217. MamaMia says:

    Dearest Emily

    I need your book.
    Because:
    I have used too many years of my youth and also adult life-
    Feeling guilty about not being able to take a decision.
    Get an edjucation. Earn some money.
    Grow up. Always thinking that its irresponsible living life my fluttering way with three children.
    But im slowly moving away from that idea in my head.
    Getting rid of guilt. Stop comparing myself with super women.
    I need the last kick in the but. To convince me that Im on the road to the good multiple creative joyous life that is filled with wool and garbage and music and plants and cats and children and love.

  218. Greta says:

    Hi Emilie, I promise I will try and keep my answer as short as possible!

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what I need in my life right now?
    Because if it wasn’t for you, I probably wouldn’t be me.

    When I discovered your blog I was facing my last year of undergraduate studies here in Italy and I was slowly preparing myself to finally giving in to what society expected from me: specialization. Then your lightning struck. I embraced that I could have multiple interest and passions of course, but most of all I admitted to myself that it was ok to dread the whole “find your true calling and stick to one career for the rest of your life” as I did.
    More than that, I turned what I always thought of as a fault into my biggest strength and it paid off.

    Still, I struggle with being as productive as I would like to be (and bought Productivity for Multipotentialites for it) and most of all I fear I won’t be able to reconcile multipotentiality and work (as I’m currently a student). These are the main issues I wish your book could help me with, just as you have done in the past.

    Regardless of the giveaway, I really do want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for me so far.

    Warm hugs from sunny Tuscany and good luck for every project you might have in mind.
    Greta

  219. Francesco says:

    I would like to improve my English through your book, it could be a multipotentialite solution. I’m in!

  220. Lori says:

    Why is “How to Be Everything” exactly what I need in my life right now? At 53 I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up. Unfortunately that line is getting old and harder to believe by unsuspecting abet well meaning strangers. I really don’t work well unconventional settings, for many reasons among them I am less than tactful when dealing with ignorance (yes I am working on that) generally I feel like it is my duty to educate everyone and it is not. I resist “the system”, it destroys my creativity, my abilities to pass on information (I currently am a high school teacher)in unconventional yet meaningful ways and nurture my students genius. My life has been a great journey surgeon, to teacher (of 8 difference science classes) to coach to referee to international test writer. Married, mom, recently divorced back into dating (ugh sorta..lol) Just trying to embrace it all and like it at once. Playing my sax, writing songs and looking at the constellations sometimes brings me back to reality. Volunteering at an Aquarium teaching little kids the joys of the marine world. Calma, calma…lol no time to be calm, too much to explore, embrace and experience!

  221. I need this book to help me start my own business or businesses because this most recent jump to a new job has morphed into me being the cleaning crew & while things need cleaned & this may be One’s passion, it is not uniting or forwarding MY passions! ((Though I must say, I have learned a lot about task order & my own concern for a clean space!!))

  222. Dessire Rodríguez says:

    Hello Emilie!!
    Like almost everyone I find you and the puttylike-word by your TED talk, it was like discover my origin, my tribe, finnally someone who understands me and most important, magnifies and recognizes the advantage to have a profile and character to do-like-know-want to be everything.
    I´m from México and even when we have a lot of cultural wealth and great schools the educational structure in my country is not the best to empowering the young people and increase their talents even if there is different, so now I´m completly into looking more mexican people to join us and make a difference (puttylike power!!).

    When I look for the comments to win the book, I think it´s going to be a tough work to read us and then decide the best (lol), maybe not the best for you being so busy! anyway if I dont win a shining new book (not like the one who I have with so many scratches and notes) just want to thank you the commitment to write your discover and get virtually in touch to all of us. Soon or later we all need a little bit of inspiration to follow our projects and change the paradigms.
    Regards from Querétaro, México!!

  223. Dessire Rodríguez says:

    Hello Emilie!!
    Like almost everyone I find you and the puttylike-word by your TED talk, it was like discover my origin, my tribe, finnally someone who understands me and most important, magnifies and recognizes the advantage to have a profile and character to do-like-know-want to be everything.
    I´m from México and even when we have a lot of cultural wealth and great schools the educational structure in my country is not the best to empowering the young people and increase their talents even if there is different, so now I´m completly into looking more mexican people to join us and make a difference (puttylike power!!).

    When I look for the comments to win the book, I think it´s going to be a tough work to read us and then decide the best (lol), maybe not the best for you being so busy! anyway if I dont win a shining new book (not like the one who I have with so many scratches and notes) just want to thank you the commitment to write your discover and get virtually in touch to all of us. Soon or later we all need a little bit of inspiration to follow our projects and change the paradigms.
    Regards from Querétaro, México!!
    D

  224. Mark says:

    I have been following the site for a while after the TED talk and I am trying to piece to together all my interests and inspirations. I know you have given one on one training to people before who have excelled and found their overarching theme. I will read your book whether I win or not as I know that I will learn so much and it will be invaluable to me growing.
    Best of luck with all your plans and opportunities. Thank you greatly for all the value you provide.

  225. Pleas pick this humble and lost multipotential please.

    Greetings from Mexico.

  226. Denise Hoover says:

    I never knew there was a name for a person like me. I always thought that because I conquered something and then quit doing it because I became bored that made me a quitter and a loser. I AM A MULTIPOTENTIALITE!! Wow! It’s ok for me to accomplish all I can in a job or hobby and then move onto something else. I now understand that I am not the person people tell me I am. I am not a quitter. I just get bored and try to learn something else. I am definitely a Phoenix! Obvious to myself now, I am a multipotentialite. I would like to read “How to Be Everything” because I always try to be everything. I am so excited that I found your website. I am glad to find out there are other people like me!! I need to read “How to Be Everything” because I want to start my next adventure. I want to write a blog. The funny thing is I know I can be successful at it, but how long will it be until I get bored with it?

  227. Chava says:

    I remember the relief I felt when I discovered you online. Every time I get your newsletter, I am gifted again with being validated.
    It’s a movement from low self esteem, of seemingly “undecided”, to “I am ALL that. Wow!”.

    Would love to delve further into my present.

    So grateful!

  228. Liz says:

    After reading EVERY SINGLE POST, I just felt that I had to state my case: I’m 43 years old, into my umpteenth career, drowning in student loans, yet good at listening to people and helping others launch businesses and lives! But I can’t seem to take my own advice long enough to achieve any semblance of financial success for myself! Considering going back to school AGAIN because I always turn to additional education in the hopes of success. Others constantly tell me I AM enough, but I have NO CLUE where to begin. Perhaps your book will ignite MY journey of a thousand miles… please pick me?! I’d like to be as brave as you when I grow up! #desperatetomakeithappen #desperatelyneedingHTBE

  229. Shubha Gupta says:

    Hi Emilie,
    I’m currently in high school and wil be applying for colleges this year. I’ve varied interests and it’s getting tough to manage everything. I think I could really use this book .

    & Great TED talk!
    Keep inspiring
    Thanks

  230. Andrew says:

    When I heard your Tedx Talk and details about your book, I was excited to heard someone define what I have been my whole life – a multipotentialite. With diverse interests pulling me in all sorts of direction, I am looking for a way to leverage my abilities without losing out on all of the possible outcomes.

  231. Suasn Raphael says:

    I’m a management consultant, a knitter, bushwalker, cook, facilitator, reader, sister, partner and swimmer. In my professional capacity I’ve shared the idea of being a multipotentialite which has been received with with much joy. I have recommended people to your website. I would love to learn more so I am able to contribute to people’s awareness, awakening, freedom and flourishing.
    Many thanks
    Susan

  232. Susan says:

    I’ve been given a unique opportunity to restart my life, and to live it the way I see fit! There’s so much that I want to do, to see, to be! And as I solidly hit middle age, I’ve developed a sense of urgency. After watching your amazing TEDTalk, I believe that “How to Be Everything” would give me better focus and a clearer path to experience in full the amazing life I have ahead of me. Thank you for this great opportunity, and for all you do to inspire.

  233. H. Guinevere says:

    I would love to win a copy of “How to be Everything” because I’m in the process of exploring what I want to do next. I’m a multipotentialite who has explored science research, education and wellness coaching. I want to create space in my life for astronomy, piloting, screenwriting and inspirational speaking. I want to be everything! This book would be an amazing inspiration for me. I love the puttylike platform and how it brings infinite explorers together!

  234. Sarah says:

    Greetings from Malaysia. ??

    Im Sarah and im 17 years old. I came across your speeches when i was 16 from Ted. I loved your talk ever since. And i joined Puttylike right after. Ive been a fan ever since. And youve opened my eyes to understand myself. I have been giving myself doubts of how terrible i was growing up. And being a multipotentialite, you made me understand to accept myself and givin me a chance to look up towards things. Receiving your emails has always made me smile, as it was personally sent from you to me. It always made my day. :)

    Ive been very happy and positive now because of you. And honestly, you saved me. I really would like to win that book as it would possibly make me mad(not in a bad way ;) ) . Especially since its been signed by my most favorite person.

    Never stop doing what you do best Emilie.
    And thank.

    Lots of love,
    Sarah.

  235. Laura says:

    Because I’m at a crossroads, and lately I’ve been feeling like a confused teenager – except for the fact that I’m 33, and I bet many people would say I know what I’m doing; because the experience I gained myself in life did bring me mindfulness and resilience, but I still can’t say I feel confident about who I am and what’s my purpose; because I always have a hard time describing myself, or understanding how people really see me.

    And no, I definitely don’t think the answer is in the book (or in any book at all!), but I feel that’s written by somebody who might have shared similar struggles, and whose work and words are a source of inspiration – which is key, in moments like these :)

    Emily’s talk made me feel at peace with the idea of the undefined, the incomplete, the unachieved.

    And if everything is worth a try, why not try this, too :)

    Keep up the good work, Emily! A warm hug from Italy

  236. Abdus Salam says:

    I’ve never been able to explain my nature to others, and may or may never will. But what I worry the most is what will I do for a living. I mean, I cant stick to one profession or for that matter a field for the rest of my life… that sends shivers down my spine. so how in the world could I ever be what I Truly Am.

    Why is How To Be Everything Exactly what I need in my life right now?
    Well, its simple, Because I want to be myself! Nothing less.

  237. Neil says:

    A while ago I was in multipotentialite heaven! Cross disciplinary research is great – my day was biomedical research, computer science, A.I., information management, design, writing and if I got bored I could go and learn something else to bring into the fold. The I got bitten my the evil CFS/ME and had to stop working. I still have the learn all the things urge (thank the internet gods for the MOOC) but have lost the feeling of usefulness and feel like I’m dabbling. A copy of How To Be Everything would be awesome to help me work out how to regain that multi-usefulness again!

  238. Filipa Pico says:

    So damn demanding and hard that I often am afraid I’m loosing myself to what others want and expect from me, rather than listening to what I truly feel I should do.

  239. Giada says:

    Hi Emilie, I’m Giada. I find that what you’re doing with Puttylike is just wonderful.

    I’ve seen your TED Talk some months ago and it has been so revealing for me. For the first time in my life someone was talking about something that I have always tried to hide, because it wasn’t so clear even for me what it was. It was my secret, my most hidden shame, I was never able to admit it to myself. In that video you gave me a word to describe myself and made me know that I was not alone.
    Being a multipotentialite has always been a struggle for me. For many years I’ve tried to be like people around me, to find my only way, and work on it for all my life, as all successful people have to do, I thought. I‘ve tried a lot to be like that, but I couldn’t. And I can’t. I like almost everything in this world and I can’t focus all of my energies on just few passions. Now, at 28, I know I will be never successful in the way people around me are successful. Not as my friends, who are now doctors, teachers, biologists.

    Some months ago, it was a terrible moment for me, but I’ve found that video, I’ve found you and Puttylike. Something began to change in my mind. Maybe even I could be happy and satisfied with my life. I’ve read a lot on Puttylike and I’m trying to accept the idea that being a multipod is not a curse. But it’s a struggle most of the time.
    When I hate myself for my incapability to stay focused on the same thing for more than two days, in that moments, I try to remember that you and a lot of people in the Puttytribe are successful and happy with your life, even if you are multipods, maybe because you are multipods. That encourages me a lot. Now I know that, as a multipod, I can have a good life. But how? I feel this enormous empty space in front of me, between me and my happiness, because I don’t know HOW to apply in my own life the wonderful philosophy of successful multipods. I know I’d need a little help in this moment of my life. Your book would be the best present I can imagine right now.
    In any case thank you so much for what you are doing

    Giada

  240. Heather says:

    I will be 35 this year and I can’t tell you how nice it is to see a name for what/who I am and to know that there are so many other people who also struggle at the same time. I’m at a point where I need to figure out what I want to do with my life because it feels frustrating to still be floundering at my age. I’m pulled in so many directions with thoughts and ideas and it’s nice to know that I’m not just flaky and indecisive. However… I don’t know where to begin to actually finally do something that I love. I desperately need advice and direction on what to do next.

  241. Nabiha says:

    Hey Emilie.

    So, I’d like to start off formally, or slightly sophisticated, atleast.

    But I also want to talk really casually as well.

    A part of me wants to act all funny to make you laugh.

    Another part of me wants to tell you my stupid sob story to make you connect with me.

    GOD, I want to be so many things.
    I love the idea of being a quirky artist who lives her life by her rules.

    But I also like the comfort of a stable office job.

    I want to let go and be reckless, travel and become a journalist.

    But I’d also love to work in a quiet library.

    I am SO CONFUSED. Really. And I feel like you’re the only, ONLY person who can help me sort some shit out.

    That’s really all I’d like to say, before I transform into a nondescript cloud of emotions.

    Thank you for reading,

    Nabiha.

  242. Christopher Jones says:

    Hey Emilie!

    For the last decade and change, I’ve been researching a plethora of different ways of approaching and answering life’s big questions, with the intention to create a non-profit organization through which young adults (and progressively younger youth) will learn what makes them tick, how to collaborate and bridge inherited social and cultural divides, and ultimately take responsibility for whatever role they choose in changing the world once they realize they actually can.

    I live in New Haven, CT (which high school are you going to be speaking at?!) and I would love to add your book into the resource pool for my pilot program, which if all goes well will be starting this fall as an after school program at the Arts high school I used to attend (and we know how diverse a group of art, dance, drama and music students can be!)

    I’m already going to incorporate your TED talk into the program, and your book would be an excellent addition as follow up material for further discussion.

    Thanks for doing what you do. As a fellow multipotentialite, I very much appreciate you. (^_^)

  243. helloKBYE says:

    I need it because I am interested in so many things and choosing one thing gives me so much anxiety. Every time I try to move forward with choosing my next move I just feel like I am stuck in quicksand.

  244. Summer says:

    I need this book in my life because after a fulfilling and exciting time designing my own biology/anthropology/sociology major in college, I find myself discouraged working in a cubicle 40 hours a week. I am working in my feild of public health but I don’t thrive in this worker bee environment. I need more variety in my life, but I just don’t seem to have the time to hone my other passions of photography, sculpture, wildlife rehabilitation, travel, human rights, writing, and creative consulting. I am lost as to when and how I need to take the next step and your book would be a welcome ray of sunshine.

  245. Summer says:

    Your book would brighten up my sad cubicle

  246. Eva Kloster says:

    Your TED talk has changed my life! Now I just need to find out how :) I still can’t quite grasp the simplicity of the answer to all of my life’s confusion.
    I’m looking so much forward to find the way to my life’s many purposes, and becoming good at being exactly what I am: A multipotentialite!

  247. Oana says:

    A guy I met today for the first time (during one of my two jobs I have at the moment) recommended me the book, saying “you seem to be exactly the kind of person who likes jumping from a kind of job to another one, you should read this book”. Yes, that’s me. I’ve been a student for the last 10 years (with two finished bachelors, currently doing a master – every one of these in a different field) and I am still thinking about doing something else. Besides this, I have two different jobs and often no time for myself. And my feeling about myself is very often that I am a kind of “jack of all trades, master of none”. I don’t really know how to find my place in the working world and how to deal with my always changing interests. I guess I need some motivation. This guy I met today gave me a glimpse into the book and made me think that maybe it’s not that bad after all that I’m not able to settle. So I just hope that maybe this book would help me feel better with myself and enjoy more what I’m doing, no matter what that is.

  248. Gina says:

    Hey Em! I would honestly love to win a copy of your oh-so-amazing book.im a multipotentionalite and I’m proud of it. Growing up I was always told I have poor consentration and can’t stick to one task or topic. It was always a stigma for me. I was bullied by friends family and even my mother. Everyone wanted me to just pick one damn thing already! But I couldn’t I can’t. Your book is one I’ve been dying to get, but can’t afford. I would truly love if I win this, and promise to share it once I’ve read it. The world needs more of us! Thank you for teaching me I’m not stupid.

  249. Nwajiaku Cynthia says:

    I first heard about the word multipotentialite after watching your ted talk video. It really opened my eyes and I came to understand what I have been going through for a long time. It will be an honur to win the book as it will be educational to me to fully grasp the direction of my future

  250. I’m very excited to read this book. I’m 48 and for a long time I’ve carried feelings of guilt that I didn’t know what my “one thing” in life was. I had so many things that captured my interest and I saw that and a personal flaw. Your TED talk began to open my eyes to two things; there’s nothing wrong with me and, I’m not alone. I look forward to reading your book as I more fully embrace all of my potential ways of impacting the world.

  251. Willem Myburgh says:

    I need “How to Be Everything” so that I can become the awesome person I know I am. Now all fingers crossed!!

  252. Rebecca says:

    answer your question…… I am curious to read it and want to give it to my 2 year old when she gets old enough to read so she knows How to Be Everything before she is too old to feel like she can’t follow her dreams. Thank you.

  253. Krisztina says:

    Hi Emilie, I first came across you on your TED talk and I must say I loved it! I would be so happy to win this wonderful piece of work as it is just the thing I need at the moment. I am having a very hard time on managing multiple projects in my life right now besides having a full time job and being a mom. I want to do so many things and I feel like I need to do them now or never :)
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! Keep inspiring!

  254. Traciee says:

    I remembered that when i was googling about my frustration on my true interest, i somehow found the youtube video that talk about multipotentialite (first seen you XD)
    I was really surprised and excited when knowing that I was not the only one who actually has more than one interest. Perhaps even currently i know what i should pursue for but my passionate for other interest is still going on. Life is learning! However, i’m really fortunate to know about multipotentialite and subscribe your email, and of course this giveaway :) can’t wait to know more :)

    Thank you! All the best for you! JIAYOU

    Traciee Ht

  255. Felipe Cabral says:

    Hello,
    I´ve just discovered this new way of seeing life, the multipotentialite. And i´m struggling because here in Brasil we don´t have no one talking about this, so i need the book in my life to get further in this knowledge, to understand even more how to be everything!
    This book will help me in a lot of ways, but the greatest one is that with him i can start talking about this over here!
    Hope you choose me :P

  256. Gabriela says:

    Why is How to Be Everything exactly what I need in my life right now?

    Well, I have so many things! I have been neglecting some of my passions lately because of a great job I just got but need to figure out how to fit stuff back in my life, somehow!

    For example the above website that has not been updated in months! I have plenty of materiel but little time because of selling in my Etsy shop, doing farm stuff, plus I have four little children! My hubby does so much too, I love my life, just want to feel less frantic!

    G

  257. Neha says:

    Hey Emilie,

    I will keep this short as you have a lot to read :)
    All I can say is that I need to read that book! Lately, I have really been doubting myself and I feel like I can’t be “good enough” for anything… just lost.
    So I need some courage to believe it’s ok to not be an expert at something.
    Either ways, I’m glad I found you and the rest of the people I see here. We aren’t alone and that’s a… good feeling.

    Thanks to all of you.
    – N

  258. Betty Fox says:

    This my second year attending WDS. What a blessing to see friends from the previous year and make new ones. I am 86 years old and continue to be excited every day. This is a great opportunity to see and hear all of the wonderful warm hearted sharing. So many exciting thoughts and personalities in one place is a positive overwhelming that just adds fuel to the fire that already burns to do more every day. This is the time to have “How To Be Everything” in my life (TODAY)! Why wait? There is something waiting for me to discover tomorrow. Multitasking has never been a problem for me. Raising 6 kids, running a business and pursuing other projects while reading to open up new adventures has made for a fantastic life. Traveling with 4 generations to WDS, a total of 7 family members, meant time management and a speedy pace to keep up with. I did it! I am so looking forward to reading your book as I continue on my pursuits. Thanks for looking around and noticing the rest of us us out here trying to enjoy each and every moment of each day! There is still so much to do.

  259. Cathie says:

    Hey Emilie,
    I’ve known ever since reading Refuse to Choose that I am most definitely a multipotentialite/scanner/renaissance person/polymath, etc. As much as I felt relieved to know this about myself, I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to do with this information. The reason How to Be Everything is exactly what I need in my life right now, is because I am currently unemployed and I see this time as an amazing opportunity to change my direction in life, but I’m feeling lost. I’m finding myself getting into the familiar patterns of thinking: “What do I want to do with my life?” “What’s the one direction I should choose to go in?” “What is something I can learn to do that I might possibly like to do forever?” I feel How to Be Everything can provide me with the exact type of guidance I currently need. Thanks for the work you do!

  260. Linda Slavich says:

    I’ve spent my entire life thinking that I wasn’t ‘practical’ enough, only to find now(as in this last WEEK)that I’m not un-normal. I’ve never felt comfortable that I could be successful because I’ve been told over and over that I ‘drift’, what a absolute relief to be not alone anymore.

    Thank you for your TED talk.

    Maybe, there is something I can do that people will value and ‘fits’ me – what a concept.
    Thank you again for listening to my ramble and this website.

  261. Julia says:

    Hi, Emilie!

    As most here, discovering your website brought me relief! We are not alone!
    I always show your TED Talk to my EFL students when they ask me why I studied Nutrition, Chemistry and English Literature in college…
    And there is always someone who also identifies him/herself as a multipotentialite. It’s awesome!

    Why do I need How to be Everything?
    Well, my birthday is next Tuesday, so it would be the perfect gift!
    Also, I’m currently unemployed and we’re in a big crisis here in Brazil, so I couldn’t buy the book yet…

    Either way, I’d like to thank you a lot for helping me find a place in the world! <3

  262. Carmen says:

    I need the book because every 5 minutes I come up with a new idea about my professional future. It is kind of urgent :)

  263. Monica says:

    I’ve been working towards this moment of understanding for a lifetime.
    In high school my parents were told I was gifted only to have me fail due to my lack of interest for one thing. My work resume is a mix of great achievements and then halt, new direction, start again… I could go on. Now 40 I’m only beginning to see my true self. That this can be a blessing. That this is why I’ve had an interesting life. With understanding I hope to channel this into different areas of my life.

  264. Wolf Halton says:

    I would like the book because I am about the age Bilbo was when he went to the Lonely Mountain, and am preparing for my trip to Middle Earth..

  265. Louise Edwards says:

    I am a career Multipotentialite getting ready to launch a book, an oracle deck, and a 12 month course, a unique aromatherapy system, a fun little retail product, a meditation school, getting ready to travel to the UK and the Bali with my 14 year old daughter in tow before we make the big move off grid to save the world. Infact everything I do is tp save the world! I need to get across the line Emilie!!! XOXO

  266. Vanessa Recana says:

    Hi Emilie, so i’m a 16 year old high-schooler who has only just found you and this community, so yeah not a huge chance that i’ll win, but for my sanity i’ll let the world know why I desperately need a copy of How to be Everything. I have no clue what I want to do when I graduate in two years, and currently, as i’m writing this, I am in the process of be choosing VCE subjects which are necessary for courses in Australian universities. How am I supposed to choose subjects for my final years of high school (that prepare me for uni) when I have absolutely no clue of what I want to do?! Science and art are pulling me apart and recently I have become interested in media, and it’s gotten to the point where my teacher has even offered a free copy of a textbook if I choose media next year! I’m an extremely indecisive person, whom is known to see all sides of situations but can never reach one answer. Because of this, I am in dire need of guidance and support.

    The schooling system is like this wild creature that I am being forced to befriend, despite introversion and reluctance. Some people just don’t get along, and in this case, the schooling system and I are not compatible at all. I can’t even bring myself to see the careers counselors at my school, because they have literally made me cry. Job talk is the most daunting and overwhelming thing ever! I hear all my classmates naming a single job that they aspire to have, and I’m always simultaneously envious and disgusted by the prospect. How can people only stick to one career? But how can I be brave enough to brake the mold and live a life that satisfies my needs for a full plate? I am blind, and this book will give me sight.

    Thanks for reading this even though it’s past the deadline haha

  267. Hello Emilie, I’d discovered you a while back when you first came up with the term “Multi-Potentialite”. I find it so hard to focus on doing just one thing with my illustration art and my writing skills. I’ve spent many years blaming this lack of focus on the fact that I have Attention Deficit issues; this inner critic holds me back, a lot, it prevents me from finishing up projects in an orderly way. I constantly feel I’m not living up to the productive level of others, others who are specialists and not ‘wired’ like me. Revisiting your blog recently made me realize being a square peg isn’t a bad thing after all, and it would be nice to have the opportunity to delve in to a book rich with information on this very fact. Thank you for the opportunity. SU

  268. Rachel says:

    I’m a PhD student struggling with the requirement to focus on one topic for sooooooo long. I need some ideas for integrating my many other interests into my life without overwhelming myself.

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