If I were to ask you what the biggest challenge you face as a multipotentialite is, what would you say?
Reading through the comments on Puttylike and the threads on Puttytribe, it seems there are some very common challenges we all face. This got me wondering if they are all endured equally, or whether some are more painful, or seemingly insurmountable, than the others. Is there even a multipotentialite nemesis?
Rather than ponder this alone I decided it would be a good idea to test out this notion, and where better to do that than right here with you guys?
With a little help from a few friends, I’ve drawn up a shortlist of five of the usual suspects to contend for the title, and I’d like to ask you guys for your feedback. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the contenders…
Or specifically a lack of it. As a multipotentialite, we’re always up against time and find ourselves saying things like:
“How can I do all of the things I want when there just isn’t enough time?”
“I’m 20/30/40/50+ years old (delete as appropriate), shouldn’t I have done something important with my life by now?”
Time can be a double edged sword: guilt-tripping yourself about how much time you’ve already wasted, and then panicking that there’ll never be enough left for everything you want to achieve.
2) Choice paralysis?
The trouble with having so many interests is that you can end up in choice paralysis. Unsure of which to start first, it’s easy to end up starting nothing:
“What if I make the wrong choice? I don’t want to waste all my time and energy doing the wrong thing.”
If you get caught in choice paralysis, you find yourself going round and around, but never moving any further forward. Actually getting started seems to be continually just beyond your grasp.
Multipods are naturally curious by nature and eager to learn. We consume huge quantities of information, voraciously absorbing everything until one day … pop! Our mind becomes overloaded and we hit overwhelm.
We slink away like wounded animals to the sanctuary of a stimulation free space. We withdraw from the internet, social media and even the people around us, as we nurse our sore heads and wonder how long it will take to recover this time.
4) Dealing with a specialist-focused world?
Are you fed up with tackling those awkward conversations with everyone from your family and friends, to your career advisers and employers? You’ve probably tried (hopelessly) to convince them all why music, law and marine biology make such a fantastic and complementary combination.
You’re also likely to be well-versed in excuses as to why your CV looks like it should belong to 10 different people, and why you seem incapable of staying in one job for longer than 12 months at a time.
5) Never ‘finishing’ anything?
Leaving a trail of destruction, with half-finished projects littering your past. You know it’s what multipods do, but it doesn’t make the guilt and self-doubt any easier.
“What if I never achieve my full potential? What if I spend my whole life like this and have nothing to show for it?”
It can be hard to shake off the conventional wisdom that projects need to be finished. Not as in ‘finished with’ when you’re bored of them, but as in actually completed.
So there you have them folks, the contenders for the title of multipotentialite nemesis. Now it’s your turn…
Over to you!
I’m really interested to hear your opinion. What’s the biggest enemy you face as a multipotentialite? Are there any you struggle with which haven’t made it onto this list? Is there one true nemesis?
Bev is an artist, creativity coach and founder of Kickass Creatives, a website offering practical support to frustrated creatives. She’s over 20 years of working in the arts: experimenting with everything from performing in a fire circus and managing a hiphop dance company, through to web consultancy and jewellery design. Bev is passionate about using her experience to enable others to fully develop (rather than hide) their multitude of talents too. Connect with her on Twitter @creativekickass.