Okay, I’m going to be upfront right now. Today’s post is both a blog post and a pitch. Yes, I plan on handing over the gold nugget– that little peace of wisdom that changed the way I structure my life. But this is also a pitch… for me.
Is it possible to spend your week doing only activities that light you up? Can you do everything you want, hold innumerable titles, and still live comfortably, with reliable revenue rolling in? Is that thing we’re taught about everyone having one true calling the only way to approach life, or can you walk down many paths at the same time (or one path after another) and be just as fulfilled as someone who has supposedly found their one true calling?
These are the questions I set out to answer when I launched Puttylike back in September 2010. I was on a personal mission to never settle, never be pigeonholed, and never have an easy time filling out the “occupation” box on standardized forms.
Where I’m At
I’m not completely there yet, but I’m well on my way. Come find me at any given moment in the week, whether I’m writing an article, hacking a WordPress theme, or listening back to a podcast episode we just recorded as I hike up the mountain, I’ll likely tell you that there’s nothing I’d rather be doing at that moment.
I love my “work” so much in fact, that there are mornings when I can’t wait to get up and start my day. I mean, I end up going home early from parties so that I can brainstorm a client’s business idea or edit a podcast episode. Every Tuesday night I get to collaborate with a positively inspiring writing partner for a TV series we’re developing. And receiving emails from people just like me, who say that they no longer feel like a weirdo for wanting to do so many things? Hells yea, talk about fulfilling!
I’m literally overjoyed to be living this life, and I’m so so grateful.
I’m not telling you all this to brag. I’m saying it because I feel like I’ve been successful at battling those inner fears and external pressures to conform, and I’ve made the multipotentiality thing work. Instead of perceiving my puttylike nature as a curse, I now view it as my greatest asset.
The Single Most Valuable Thing I’ve Learned
So now, the big reveal…
If I had to impart one piece of wisdom to someone just starting out down this path– someone who is now where I was then, it would be this:
Turn your multipotentiality into a business.
I don’t mean start a business about multipotentiality (though you could– I did). What I mean is create a business that allows you to use many of your skills and combines many of your interests.
In other words, make your identity as a multipotentialite indistinguishable from what you do to produce income. Now, I’m not saying that each of your interests should make you money– not at all. What I’m saying is that there should be no distinction between work and play. You just go about your week, doing only activities that light you up, and hey look! The cash rolls in.
I’ve found that the best way to reach this place where you get paid for doing everything you love to do, is by building a business around your many interests– by leveraging your multipotentiality itself.
- Lets say you like Star Wars, programming, rock climbing, traveling, and languages. Start a business where you encourage shy computer nerds to become adventurous and see the world.
- Producing your first short film? Use everything you’re learning about leadership, networking, creativity, collaboration, and working on a budget and provide tips for other creatives with big dreams. Chronicle your production woes along the way.
- Are you a guitarist who likes literature, experimental cooking, crossword puzzles, and time with the family? Create a community around ideas like simplicity, coziness, and relationships. Each week release a podcast episode where you discuss an inspiring idea, a weird new concoction you’ve invented, a great book, or even throw a self-improvement challenge out to your community. Layer the whole thing over a soundtrack of yourself playing classical guitar.
(I have no idea if communities like these already exist. I just pulled them out on the fly.)
Helping Other Scanners Build Awesome Lives
I started Puttylike to help other scanners embrace who they are and build awesome, dynamic lives that integrate their many interests. I also wanted to bring the community together and provide a platform for discussion and exploration.
My aim was to address, not only the financial and practical challenges of being a multipotentialite, but also the internal stuff like dream-pursuit, overcoming overwhelm, tacking fear, handling criticism, generating creative ideas, and so on.
The problem is that every scanner is different, and there’s only so much I can do in this format.
Business Coaching for Scanners
I’m not a life coach or a therapist. But I can help you sort through your many interests and come up with possible revenue streams. More specifically, I can teach you how to do what I’ve done: create a digital business and community around many of your interests, and help amazing, like-minded people along the way.
I’ve hinted at this a little on the blog and in the newsletter, but I’ve been coaching on the down-low for a few months now. A couple spots have opened up and so I’ve decided to start offering my business coaching publicly.
You’ll notice that my Services page is now live. Feel free to take a look around and shoot me an email if you have any questions.
I tried my very best to keep the packages affordable, and I think you’ll find that they’re quite reasonably priced for private consulting. I’ll probably have to raise my rates in the upcoming months, but I’m keeping the them low for now.
To celebrate the kick-off of this little coaching launch, I am giving away 3 free 20-minute consultations. All you have to do is answer the following questions in the comments field below:
What has been your biggest challenge about being a multipotentialite? What do you need help with?
I’ll get in touch with the winners next week. I plan on picking the people I think will get the most out of the session.
Sound good? Post away!
Check out my coaching packages here.