Hi multipod friends!
I have some exciting news to share with you today. I get a lot of emails from multipotentialites looking for a coach that can help them build a life/career/business around multiple passions–someone who understands what it means to be a multipotentialite and knows how to deal with some of our common challenges.
So many coaches believe that we should all just “pick one thing.” At worst, these coaches might pressure their clients to niche down and focus on a single path or project. At best, they might view their clients’ desire to do multiple things as an “amusing” character trait and brush it aside. A coach that centers, and actively engages, their clients’ multipotentiality is a rare thing. Rarer still is a coach that helps their clients build sustainable careers that satisfy their curiosity and their very real need for variety.
From 2011 to 2018, I did my best to be one of these rare coaches, and I had so much fun doing it! In my coaching practice, I worked with dozens of multipotentialites who wanted to come up with a holistic business idea rather than “choose a niche.” Together, we considered their various interests and skills. Then, we worked to find an overarching theme that connected those skills and interests in a clever way, while also meeting a market need. I loved this work. I helped some awesome, creative folks come up with multifaceted business ideas. Many of my former students are rocking it to this day with their unique brands and communities.
But as time went by, I found myself being pulled toward different work, like fostering community in the Puttyverse and growing Puttylike into a high quality, multi-author media site. In recent years, I’ve taken on fewer and fewer coaching students. It’s not that I don’t love one-on-one brainstorming anymore, it’s just that my focus has shifted… I’m sure you get it. 😉
In any case, I know there is still real demand for coaches who understand and can help multipotentialites. Luckily, I know a few!
What makes a great multipotentialite coach?
You all know I have your backs. I’d never recommend anyone that wasn’t super smart, amazingly supportive, and experienced at getting results for their clients. Since I so often hear from folks who are in the market for a coach, I made a brand new page on Puttylike where I feature four talented multipotentialite-friendly coaches that I can recommend with zero hesitation. Each one has their own unique flavour, but they all identify as multipotentialites.
If you’re so inclined, you can check out my coaching recommendation page here.
I also have a treat for you. I’ve asked each coach to share some practical advice for multipotentialites. I think you’ll get a lot out of these videos, whether or not you’re ready to start a journey working with a coach right now. Here we go!
Dealing with friends & family who don’t understand your multipotentialite nature
You know that thing that happens, when your friends and family just don’t get it? It can really feel like they’re not being supportive of your choices–your new job, a big move, the latest of your passions. Vikki Coombes has tips on taking stock of what’s awesome about you, digging deep on where the naysayers might be coming from, and ultimately doing what’s right for you.
Making progress while juggling multiple projects
How do you deal with the stress that comes along with having so many projects going on at the same time. The feeling of not making adequate progress, or being stalled in general, is familiar to many multipotentialites. Aja Marsh has some ideas on how to move forward when it feels like your many passions might be holding you back.
Navigating a career change when you want to do everything
Is it possible to create a life and career you love, while still being able to pursue all your interests? When you have the talent and enthusiasm to take any number of different paths, how do you move from overwhelming chaos to organized curiosity? Paul Strobl shares his method for helping clients take stock so they can move forward.
Choosing a niche for your business when you have multiple passions
What business idea should you choose? How do you keep your business idea focused and streamlined–without feeling confined by it? Entrepreneurship is a natural fit for a multipotentialite, and Michelle Ward knows the ins and outs of being a business owner with many passions.
Learn more about the coaches
Want to get to know these Emilie-approved coaches better? Head over to my new coaching recommendation page.
There, you’ll find more information about each coach’s particular style, what they can help with, and their current program offering. I also asked them to describe themselves as ice cream flavours, so you don’t want to miss that!
Wishing you lots of joy and curiosity on your journey(s)–and the right kind of help, if and when you need it.
Did one of the coaches share something in their video that totally resonated with you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.