I’m a Multipotentialite!… Now what?
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I’m a Multipotentialite!… Now what?

Written by Emilie

Topics: Goals

It can be a huge relief to learn that you are a multipotentialite. Suddenly all of these patterns you’ve noticed in your life start making sense. You realize that you aren’t a scatterbrain or commitment-phobe, you’re something else, something good!

What’s more, you aren’t alone. There are thousands of other people out there who share your experience. You may still have imposter syndrome, but at least you’ve started moving in the right direction.

Now what?

It’s nice to be self-congratulatory and pat ourselves on the back for being multipotentialites. And it’s true that this knowledge alone is life-altering. But discovering that you’re a multipotentialite is really only the beginning. Now the real work (and fun) begins.

Here are some ways to get started embracing your multipotentiality and integrating it into your life.

What are your goals?

The direction that you should take upon discovering your multipotentiality depends entirely on what your goals are. Here are a few of the most common scenarios, and some resources for each:

Start Brainstorming

In each of these cases, I would recommend using a journal or spreadsheet and jotting down your thoughts about the sort of life you want. What does it look like on a day-to-day basis? What sorts of activities will you have in your life? How will you feel throughout the day?

It’s okay to dream up multiple lives. You can always cycle through them or smoosh them together. Don’t limit yourself or think about any “practicalities” at this stage.

Make a list of your skills, interests, experiences, and curiosities, and start looking for patterns. What has drawn you to various fields? When do you tend to lose interest in an area?

Treat this like an Experiment

Most of us grow up with the absurd notion that we’re supposed to know what we want to do with our lives at the age of eighteen, and that we’re supposed to then proceed in a linear path. Unfortunately this perfectionist attitude (figure it out first, then take action) stays with many of us, even when we know better.

Now that you know you are a multipotentialite, try to catch yourself when you become interested in an area and declare it the end-all-and-be-all. Try to shift your focus from the end goal to the goal of simply getting what you came for. Approach it with an attitude of experimentation, stay open, see where it goes, and remember that many skills are transferable across disciplines so it’s okay if you change paths. It’s all part of the journey.

Although it’s essential to figure out the money piece of the equation (nobody needs to be going broke, least of all multipotentialites!), remember that exploring your curiosity has inherent value, whether or not it produces income.

You have Plenty of Time

You don’t need to do everything this very second. Trying to pursue all of your passions and projects at once will likely lead to major overwhelm and analysis-paralysis.

As you brainstorm and figure out what directions you would like to try, remember that you have plenty of time to pursue your various projects and interests. You can choose a handful to start on right now, and get to the others in the months or years to come.

Get Some Help from Your Community

Feel free to reach out to the great community here at Puttylike. Connect with people who leave their Twitter handles in the comments, pop over to the Facebook page, or meet a bunch of fantastic multipods in the Puttytribe. There’s a very good chance that what you’re going through is something many of us can relate to.

Your Turn

What advice or action steps would you give to someone who has just learned that they are a multipotentialite?

em_bioEmilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is an occasional rock star, a paleo-friendly eater and a wannabe scientist carpenter. Learn more about Emilie here.

8 Comments

  1. Jase says:

    Hi Emilie

    Dain Here sent an email of our Ted talk. It is the most enlightening perspective on the multi talented mind. What’s brilliant about it is that it confronts head on the notion societal view of ‘ a rolling stone gathers no moss’.

    It is an acknowledgement that each phase of learning contributes to the cumulative effect on the whole learning experience which is seamless.

    Definitely a fan of this unique mindset.

    Thanks Emilie

    Jase

  2. Kim says:

    Can I just say thank you? I think that about covers it.

  3. Lena says:

    Hi Emilie, I would love to start the Overarching Theme kit but the link is disabled. Does this resource still exist?

    Thanks, Lena

  4. Maria says:

    Watching your Ted Talk was a complete revelation for me. I had no idea the term Multipotencialite existed and that I was one of them. I have been struggling for a really long time, thinking there was something wrong with me, completly lost. Now I feel motivated and ready to embrace this part of me.
    Thank you so much!

  5. Katrina says:

    OMG….theres a name for it… I feel such an overwhelming sense of relief. You dont know how thankful I am to have been understood. Everything you have said is so spot on. Its like you have diagnosed my medical condition. What an ‘AHA’ moment I had this morning having heard your TED Talk. I am devouring everything (as any multipotentlite would) in your resource tool kit. I feel like just having this acknowledged has lifted such a weight. Now onto doing something about it. Thank you Emilie.

  6. Christa says:

    I was referred to your TED talk yesterday and OMG, I’m a new woman today! In trying to figure out what the hell was wrong with me , I had already diagnosed myself with OCD and stimulus over-reactivity disorder. I have been so miserable in my current job to the point of sometimes being mean. I was sure there had to be something wrong with me. I can’t remember ever being this way before. I kept telling my close friends that I needed to leave, the place moves too slow for me. And of course a bureaucratic institution would feel that way to a multipotentialite. There is no space for innovation and creativity. By the time I even get an audience for one of my many ideas to improve the place months have gone by and I would have lost all enthusiasm. But yet many people persist there, like “oh well?!” In the meantime I feel like jumping out of my skin, pulling out my hair. Yet I’m no longer interested in my obsessions of the past. I kept wondering why? What was wrong with me? Now I know and it’s so liberating! Thank you sooooo much Emilie.

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