Occasionally, I receive a comment or email that I feel is a beautiful expression of what it means to be a multipotentialite and needs to be shared. Today I am reprinting a comment that was left by Phil on last week’s blog post.
Your question reminds of the last time I ever went to an Employment Agency. I met this very young chap and handed him my resume which only included anything strictly relevant to work practices. He looked down it, looked up at me and said,
“I don’t believe it.”
“Sorry?” I asked. “What don’t you believe?”
“I don’t believe that you can do all the things you say.”
“I see. So how many of them can you do?” I asked.
“None of them.”
“So, if you have no idea how to do them, how do you know I can’t?”
“Because it’s impossible for one person to be able to do all of these things. You’re lying.”
Now I don’t like being called a liar by someone who has just admitted that they don’t know what they are talking about. So the devil entered me, I sat back in my chair and smiled by bestest evilest grin.
“OK. Here’s what we will do: put me in any company of your choosing to do any or all of the skills I mention and I will work there for a month free. If at the end of the month, I have failed in any way, you can kick me out the door. However, if at the end of the month, they are happy that I can do these things and want to keep me, you will resign because it will show that you don’t know what you are talking about and are taking wages under false pretenses.”
I saw genuine fear in his eyes. Of course, he declined. As I got up, I said,
“Do you know the really sad thing here is not that I can do all of these things but that you can’t even do one properly at your age.”
I meet someone who has a deep passion for something and I say,
“Tell me about it.” And usually by the time they stop, I have become fascinated enough to learn more. And sometimes I learn enough to do things with that knowledge either for myself or for other people.
It’s not my fault, the universe really is an interesting place and today really is an interesting time to be alive.
Thanks so much for sharing your story Phil.
Do you have a story about proving your multipotentiality to someone who was doubtful? I’d love to hear it.