I was working with one of my coaching students a couple weeks back, and the topic of Paleo came up (she has interests in health too). I mentioned that I’d been blissfully submerging myself in all kinds of podcasts, books and blogs about the Paleo lifestyle.
Then my student said something that caused me to pause for a moment: “But see, you’re into Paleo, and that’s quite specific.”
Well, for one thing, Paleo is actually a pretty broad subject that encompasses many facets of life (nutrition, exercise, lifestyle), and is a total smoosh of evolutionary theory and modern-day science. But lets leave that aside for a moment, becuase she got me thinking.
Just because you’re a multipotentialite, that doesn’t mean that the only content you consume is created my other multipods.
Often it is. I do tend to prefer disciplines that exist in the intersections. (It’s no coincidence that when choosing a gym here in Portland, I was drawn to the Green Microgym.)
But yes, even within Paleo, I appreciate that there are experts, scientists, and academics out there writing books on the subject. When I was learning jazz guitar several years back, I appreciated that my teacher was a stellar musician, who had clearly devoted his life to jazz guitar. And when I was in law school, it was nice to learn about contracts from someone who lived, breathed and ate contracts (ew).
I’m grateful to specialists because they help me learn, which is something that multipotentialites love to do. In short, specialists make me a better multipotentialite.
Specialists Can Help Fuel Your Multipotentiality
Specialists can provide you with deep information to absorb– information that you can then take and synthesize with other ideas you got from other specialists. They can help you develop “good enough” skills that allow you to go further in your own projects.
Steve Jobs’ story illustrates this approach. He learned calligraphy, presumably from a specialist, and then took the ideas from that class and integrated them into his own project years later, to create beautiful typefaces for the Apple computer.
I could make a joke and say that specialists are simply there to entertain us. Heh. But the truth is that it works out nicely for us both. Specialists love digging deep and sharing their expert knowledge. Meanwhile, we love taking that knowledge, absorbing it, playing with it, and applying it elsewhere.
Sounds like a working relationship to me.
Has the work of specialists helped you develop as a multipotentialite?