How to Combine Your Passions and Create a “Multipotentialite Adventure”
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How to Combine Your Passions and Create a “Multipotentialite Adventure”

Written by Emilie

Topics: Guest Posts

Editor’s Note: this is a guest post by Annie Disano.

I had a rough time when I first came into this world.

I didn’t always know I was “different.” I had a good family. I had a good home. I was a little sickly, but other kids had allergies anyway. I didn’t feel special, or unpopular, or even uncommon.

That all changed in first grade, the first time I was ever bullied.

I cried. I stayed home from school. I didn’t even go to soccer practice. It took more than three weeks for me to tolerate going to class again. I wanted to ask my parents what was happening to me.

So I did.

“You need to grow thicker skin.”

That’s what I was told.

Starting from age eight, I was diagnosed with severe and recurrent depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, more digestive issues than I can count on both hands, and a big case of the ugly duckling syndrome.

So, yeah.

I had a rough time.

After I quit high school, things got a lot better for me. I got my GED, and I started considering alternative career options. I met a mentor and coach online who showed me the way through the negative feelings I’d developed toward my life. One of the online resources he directed me to was Puttylike.

I loved what I was reading. I finally felt different, and in a good way. What I would soon discover was that interests and passions aren’t limits to overcome; they’re adventures waiting to happen.

I started exploring the idea of going on a dream vacation to the country of Japan. My coaches and mentors all backed the idea, saying that it would help me grow. I thought that was a genius idea! It was a trip I could only afford to take once, and I wanted to make up for an entire childhood of trauma in one great, long coming-of-age ceremony.

I began to think of other ways in which I could improve myself and prepare for adulthood– could the things I love be integrated into this dream, too? I thought about it a little, and wondered how I could integrate my interests of languages, art, foreign culture, gaming, and snacks.

Then it dawned on me–I was going to a foreign country, the language of which I’m learning, where video games are art and snacks are always delightful and covered in images of koalas! “This is perfect!”

Combining Multiple Passions into an Adventure

Excitement grew and turned into new excitement. I rapidly picked up new interests, constantly thinking of ways to integrate them into what was no longer a vacation, but an adventure.

I realized that there were three basic but potent keys to creating an adventure:

  • Calculated risk,
  • Inner growth, and
  • Passion. Lots of it.

I discovered that, as a multipotentialite, I could actually enhance my adventure by integrating new and exciting interests into it, making it bigger and better than ever before, magnifying each other element.

I could start a business while living abroad. I could learn to hike. I could learn to surf. I could learn Kansai-ben (a local dialect). I could overcome my constant perception of my own awkwardness by performing mandolin or belly dancing in public.

There’s so much potential in creating a multipotentialite adventure. It’s basically impossible for you to fail.

Your Blueprint for a Multipotentialite Adventure

If an adventure sounds good to you, then great–because as a multipotentialite, you’re one of the most likely groups of people to succeed in creating and executing one.

There are basically five steps to creating a multipotentialite adventure:

  1. Decide on a great obstacle to get past (Inner growth)
  2. Decide on a great fear to overcome (Calculated risk)
  3. List all of the interests you want to improve on, learn about, or otherwise indulge
  4. List all of the interests you want to take on–the scarier, more ambitious, and more out-of-your-league, the better!
  5. Smoosh them all together like crazy!

Overarching themes are covered pretty well on Puttylike. Your interests don’t have to share a common location, but it is best if you accomplish as many goals and explore as many interests at once as possible.

Each interest builds upon the magnitude of the last, and with the new interests you develop, you’re sure to overcome both obstacles and fears. Basically, you want to take all of your multipotentialite goodness and craft it into action. The more explosive the action, the more passion you’ll have and the more you’ll get out of the resulting experience.

It’s like They Say: Go Big or go Home

As for me? I’m kinda terrified. I’m leaving home in barely a month, for the first time in my life. I’m going to be away from all the people I love, in a foreign country where most people don’t even speak my language. I’ll be eating food I don’t know, traveling on buses with people I don’t know…

And I’m already loving it.

Your Turn

Have you embarked on an adventure that was a beautiful “smoosh” of your multiple passions?

Annie is a multipotentialite driven to see dreams become reality, and create as much freedom as possible on the way. She empowers freedom-seeking individuals at Taking Tokyo, where she blogs about her journey abroad.


  1. Adam Lasky says:

    Great post Annie!

    I appreciate your openness about your past. It’s scary to try different things and step out on one’s own living in your own country let alone trying this in a different one. I love to travel as well, and just got back from a work/vacation in Germany/Prague. I never thought of creating a travel adventure: the mere fact of being in a country I’ve never been in before and not being able to speak the language was adventure enough for me. However, it would be interesting to play around with the idea of starting a business overseas, especially when the means of doing so in other countries are more accessible than in the United States.


    • Annie says:

      Thanks, Adam!

      One’s past can be difficult to talk about; it’s easier to just forget and move on. But I feel that it’s much more constructive to actively learn from history.

      Germany sounds like a great destination–the roommate I’m staying with has visited there quite frequently (mostly because she loves the cooking!).

      Starting a business can be rough, but it’s just another element to add to the challenge of this “trial” I’m going through for my self-growth. I look forward to seeing how things turn out, and I just can’t wait to see myself succeed (because I know there’s no other way).

      Thanks for commenting! Super glad to know that something I shared has had a positive impact on someone else.

      • Adam Lasky says:

        The food in Germany is amazing. The pastries alone are worth going there for, although I never really saw any Germans in the pastry shops.

        I know that traveling to a different country can be terrifying, but every time I travel I am amazed at the kindness of strangers. It’s so different in the United States, where we view tourists as annoyances. Not so in other parts of the world. Hospitality is really a lost art in the US. And I’ve heard so many other people confirm this: one of the greatest parts of traveling is meeting new people and experiencing their gracious generosity. It’s so impactful! That’s what I remember the most.

        Good luck and safe travels on your trip!

        • Annie says:

          I can’t say I’ve had too much German food–I grew up in an Italian family.

          The Japanese culture, especially, is built on kindness and hospitality. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for me!

          Thanks for the well-wishes. :)

  2. Mel C says:

    Hi Annie, Good luck on your trip it sounds like you’re setting yourself up for an amazing adventure.

    I’m unclear on how long you’ll be in Japan, but I’d make sure you can contact your support network back home at any time because culture shock can be very harsh and difficult to deal with. Knowing about it and having resources both friends back home and in the country you’re travelling to make a huge difference.

    ~ Melissa

    • Annie says:

      Thanks, Melissa! It’s sure to be something special.

      My flight is set to leave three months in, although I’m hoping I can extend my visa for a six month trip. How I’ll get the money to stay that long beats me, but I’ve had faith in myself for such a long time; I don’t see why I shouldn’t now, of all times.

      • Anthony says:

        I teach English as a Second Language in Japan. (I’m up in Hokkaido.)

        You can always teach English. You could even finish an online certificate before you go…and that should be good enough to score yourself something when you get here.

        Just a thought.

        If you need any help, you can contact me through the link on my name. That’s a website where I teach…but anyway you can find my contact details there.

        Good Luck Annie!

        • Annie says:

          Thanks, Anthony!

          I actually started–or tried to start–a business teaching English through American-made video games, to Japanese natives. It went pretty well until I discovered I just didn’t have time to keep up with it anymore.

          But I should definitely look into teaching. I have some friends abroad who should be able to point me in the right direction, too!

          Thanks for the well-wishes. :)

          (Hokkaido? You’re one lucky guy! Is the crab as good as the stereotypes say?)

  3. Laurence says:

    great article Annie! I envy you for going to japan, we have very similar interests so I’ll be sure to check out how you fare in the future hehe. I always wanted to go to Japan, still didn’t get the chance yet even tho I know a LOT about japanese culture and language. I feel pretty left out cause a lot of my friends went already…

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