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“Are you sure that’s a good idea?” asked a family member, doubtfully.

17 December 2018

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“Are you sure that’s a good idea?” asked a family member, doubtfully.

I was super excited about my plan. I was going to write a book, and do software development, and share about anxiety through stand-up comedy. “Are you sure that’s a good idea?” asked a family member, doubtfully. And that was enough to utterly deflate me. One comment! And not even a harsh one—a simple question. […]

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How to Recover After a Setback

5 December 2018

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How to Recover After a Setback

This year I’ve experienced a constant stream of setbacks, of varying degrees of seriousness: minor administrative life hassle, major family tragedy, missed career opportunities, painful emotional entanglements, idiotic breakages, unexpected financial demands. At times, it’s felt as if the universe was sending me regular doses of deliberate punishment. Each problem on its own wouldn’t be […]

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How to Deal with the Fear of Being “Too Complex”

25 September 2018

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How to Deal with the Fear of Being “Too Complex”

Hi, I’m Claire. I also go by Nyles. And no, I don’t have a preference for which name you use. This post is partly a Hello! to the Puttylike community–I’m the new Managing Editor for the blog, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself–but I also want to talk about this thing […]

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Why You Should Embrace Your “Amateurish” Side and Get Over Yourself (Occasionally)

21 August 2018

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Why You Should Embrace Your “Amateurish” Side and Get Over Yourself (Occasionally)

I just got back from my favourite place on earth: music camp. I’ve been going on and off for 29 years (since I was 5)! The camp is called Cammac, and it’s located in the woods by a lake, midway between Montreal and Ottawa. It’s a camp for kids, teens, and adults; families usually go […]

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How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome

30 July 2018

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How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome

I was hosting our monthly multipotentialite mixer in the Puttytribe the other day and someone asked about imposter syndrome. You know, imposter syndrome! The “psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments, and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’.” (Wikipedia) Almost immediately, several people piped up in the chat: Yes! […]

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Explaining Multipotentialite Life Choices: Your Happy(!) Stories

11 February 2018

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Explaining Multipotentialite Life Choices: Your Happy(!) Stories

It took me years to discover that it’s possible to enjoy telling people what I do with my time. For many years, I was borderline apologetic whenever somebody asked what I did. I worried that my job or interests might seem boring or confusing. It took time to realize that it was up to me […]

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Why Multipotentialites Should Become More Resilient

31 July 2017

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Why Multipotentialites Should Become More Resilient

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nat Smith Do you ever feel completely derailed by a rough day, week, or year? When life fills our path with challenges that we don’t feel equipped to handle, we often feel like our only choices are to give up, or to soldier on and become bitter […]

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Do You Suffer from Multipotentialite Imposter Syndrome?

5 July 2017

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Do You Suffer from Multipotentialite Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome: a belief that deep down, you are a fraud, that you shouldn’t be here, and that one day everyone will wake up and realize it. Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon that most multipods know well. It’s easy to doubt your ability when you feel different from your peers, and it’s easy to feel different […]

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