For many multipotentialites, the overarching theme is the holy grail. Figure out what links your interests, and you have a way to bring together your body of work, brand yourself, find a career or jobs you’ll love, and build a business you’ll never grow bored of.
Unfortunately, you can’t just conjure up your overarching theme out of nowhere. Figuring yours out will likely take introspection, self-knowledge, and patience.
Luckily, Emilie has learned a few tricks over the years on how to “smoosh” all of your interests into one concise theme. And she and the other Puttylike writers have written about them extensively. But unless you’ve been reading the site since Emilie created it in 2010, or you binge-read the entire site when you first discovered it, you’re unlikely to have read all of their advice on figuring out your theme.
So, in the interest of helping those of us who haven’t yet managed to work out what connects all of our passions, here’s a round-up of the most helpful articles on the sometimes elusive overarching theme.
How to Figure out Your Overarching Theme
If you’ve only just come across the concept of the overarching theme, or you haven’t yet been able to work out what yours is, start by having a look through these articles. They explain what an overarching theme is, how you might discover yours, and which questions to ask yourself if you’re stuck.
- The Fine Art of Bringing Together Unrelated Ideas
- Do You Have One Why or Many Whys?
- How Introspection Can Help You Uncover Your Overarching Theme
- Struggling To Work Out Your Overarching Theme?
- Ask Yourself This Question to Find Your Overarching Theme
- The Evolution of an Overarching Theme
How to Use Your Overarching Theme to Build a Business
If you’d like to build a business or blog that you’ll never grow bored of, a Renaissance Business is the way to go.
Your overarching theme is the key to building a Renaissance Business, so read these articles to find out how other multipotentialites have turned their themes into businesses and how to transform yours into a business you’ll love.
- Can’t Settle on a Niche for Your Business? Not a Problem
- Renaissance Business Case Study: the Web Designer, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, Activist
- Why Some Websites Are Addictive and Others Feel Lame (aka the Secret Behind a Killer Brand)
- Renaissance Biz Case Study: Bringing Together Family, Natural Health and Photography + What Makes a Good Name?
- It’s Cool to Be a Geek! How Rami Smooshed Together his Interests in Video Games and Dating
- The Eternal Battle between Art and Marketing (and Why the two Needn’t be at War)
- Businesses that Exist in the Intersections
- Help! I want to Combine my Interests in One Business, where Should I Start?
- How To Come up with a Project You Can Stick with
- How To Turn Your Art into a Renaissance Business (Case Study)
How to Use Your Overarching Theme to Build a Career
Not everyone wants to turn their overarching theme into a business. You can also use it to fashion a career that will hold your interest and make use of your many skills.
Many multipotentialites are happy in their jobs, and you can be too if you learn how to find jobs you’ll enjoy and how to sell your multipotentiality to potential employers.
- The Reason Nobody’s Hiring You (and What To Do About It)
- How to Use Your Multiple Skills to Give You an Edge, Make Money and Be Happier
- The Secret to Finding a Fulfilling Career (or Three)
- How To Brand Yourself as a Multipotentialite in a Way that Makes Sense to Conventional Employers
Three More Resources
1) The Overarching Theme Kit
If that’s not enough, get yourself a free copy of The Overarching Theme Kit – Emilie’s quick-start guide that will help you combine many interests into one business.
This short PDF outlines three approaches you can take to find your overarching theme, and it also gives you specific exercises to work through to help you generate ideas for possible themes.
2) Renaissance Business
Renaissance Business is a guide to turning all of your interests into one digital business.
This ebook takes you step-by-step through the process of crafting your overarching theme and creating your online business, so you can build a business you’ll never grow bored of.
3) The Puttytribe
Often the trouble with trying to figure out your overarching theme on your own is that you’re too close to your own interests to see the bigger picture. Other people can be pretty good at spotting the patterns for us.
This is where the Puttytribe comes in handy. Lots of puttypeep (members of the Tribe) use the Puttytribe forum to post lists of their interests, so that other members can comment with patterns they’ve noticed or prompts and questions that might help.
It’s amazing how much more quickly a theme can emerge when you get other people involved.
How Will You Work Out Your Overarching Theme?
Don’t worry if you’re yet to work out what it is that connects all of your interests. It is likely to take time, a lot of thought, some experimentation, and a fair amount of patience.
There are lots of case studies and examples of themes you can read about above, plenty of exercises you can do to get closer to your theme, and plenty of puttypeep willing to help you spot the patterns in your own life.
If you’d like help figuring out your overarching theme, the Puttytribe is welcoming new members tomorrow, for 24 hours only. Join us, and learn more here.
Joanna James-Lynn is a virtual assistant, podcaster, blogger, and writer. She’s fascinated by personality, identity, and self-awareness – themes she explores in her podcast, Introspectology, and on her blog. Find out more about her projects at JoannaJamesLynn.com or follow her on Twitter @joannajameslynn.