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The Simple Joy of Being Awful at Something

19 May 2020

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The Simple Joy of Being Awful at Something

Today I took a dance lesson on YouTube while making macarons in my kitchen. Both were a disaster. And both were highly enjoyable. There are a number of things I’m good at, but probably a greater number of things I will never be good at, no matter how hard I’ve tried (which I admit, sometimes […]

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Mapping the Mind of a Teen Multipotentialite

21 April 2020

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Mapping the Mind of a Teen Multipotentialite

When you first start watching the TED talk by teenager Bo Grove, you might think, “Cool, a smart coder kid, interesting story.” But pretty quickly you learn he’s not just a coder. He’s a multipotentialite—and he talks in a really unique way about how he learns and why. Emilie and I knew right away we […]

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Multipotentialite Magic Happens Here: Why You Should Head to the Library Right Now

28 January 2020

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Multipotentialite Magic Happens Here: Why You Should Head to the Library Right Now

I’ve just started a new job in a university library, and I’m pretty sure that for a lot of multipotentialites, libraries are heaven on earth. I’ve spent the last two years in a very different field, in an extremely busy state, without a lot of quality downtime, and with a fairly erratic schedule. A real […]

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When Learning Gets Hard…is it Time to Quit?

29 May 2017

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When Learning Gets Hard…is it Time to Quit?

Ah, learning. A multipotentialite’s delight! We love learning for its own sake and because we can always find many ways to apply any new skill or knowledge we take on. Rapid learning is a multipotentialite super power, too. Sometimes we feel like infallible knowledge acquisition machines. Until we don’t. Take learning to play guitar. At […]

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A Multipotentialite’s Dream: a Grassroots Underground Grad School!

2 June 2016

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A Multipotentialite’s Dream: a Grassroots Underground Grad School!

Do you love learning? Do you wish you could afford to be in school indefinitely? Would you love to take classes on subjects as varied as social justice, puppeteering, and poetry? Behold Portland Underground Grad School (PUGS): a multipotentialite’s dream… I had the opportunity to jump on Skype with PUGS founder, Douglas Tsoi to talk about his […]

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Why Multipotentialites Rarely Start from Scratch

16 March 2015

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Why Multipotentialites Rarely Start from Scratch

One of the benefits of being in the Puttytribe is that, every month or so, you get the chance to attend a workshop put on by another puttypeep. Workshops can be on anything, from conscious dreaming and bookkeeping to typography and creating your own language. Last month, I attended a workshop on photography by Margaux. […]

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A Rant on the State of Education

6 March 2014

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A Rant on the State of Education

For the last two months, I’ve been taking General Chemistry at a local community college here in Chicago. It’s interesting, being back in school after several years. For one thing, you realize that not everyone is as enthusiastic about learning as you are– maybe not even the teacher. I dove in with such vigor, only […]

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4 Skills that will Dramatically Increase Your Chance of Thriving as a Multipotentialite

20 January 2014

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4 Skills that will Dramatically Increase Your Chance of Thriving as a Multipotentialite

What does it takes to thrive as a multipotentialite? Not survive. Not accept. THRIVE. Accepting and embracing your multipotentiality are wonderful steps along the journey. I get a lot of emails from people thanking me for informing them that there’s nothing wrong with them. That’s great, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Not only […]

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