Posts Tagged with "dreams"

What to Do When Your Bucket List Is Too Damn Long

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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What to Do When Your Bucket List Is Too Damn Long

In her famous poem The Summer Day, the late Mary Oliver asks what we plan to do with our “one wild and precious life.” Pose this question to a multipotentialite and you might as well get comfortable—you’re in for a long answer. What is it I plan to do with my one wild and precious […]

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So, You’re a Multipotentialite. Here’s How to Break It To Your Specialist Family.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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So, You’re a Multipotentialite. Here’s How to Break It To Your Specialist Family.

When I was a kid and I heard Margaret Cho complain about her strict, Asian parents, I was bowled over. It was so relatable, and there weren’t many other Asians in the small Texas town I grew up in, so I had no idea this was a shared experience. Generalizations be damned, Margaret spoke the […]

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How to Find a Role Model as a Multipotentialite

Monday, October 15, 2018

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How to Find a Role Model as a Multipotentialite

A role model is exactly what it sounds like: someone who fits a role that you’d like to model. If you want to be an actor, your role model might be Dev Patel. If you want to be a media mogul, your role model might be Oprah. The problem is, when you fit multiple roles, […]

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How to Find Your Purpose When What You Do…Is “Everything”?

Monday, April 30, 2018

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How to Find Your Purpose When What You Do…Is “Everything”?

Hey guys, it’s Emilie. A quick note before we get on with today’s fantastic guest post. I tend to shy away from discussions about “purpose.” The word is so often used in a narrow, restrictive, singular sense (i.e. her purpose is to be a pilot, his purpose is to be a playwright, etc.) The conventional […]

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The Struggle to Find a Balance Between Freedom and Security

Monday, April 9, 2018

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The Struggle to Find a Balance Between Freedom and Security

When I’m writing for Puttylike, in the back of my mind I carry two principles which I hope help me to share something of value to the community. First, I try not to talk about myself too much (after all, this isn’t a personal blog!) and I aim to have an answer – even an […]

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The “Awards”: A Super Fun and Insightful Way to Review Your Year

Monday, January 1, 2018

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The “Awards”: A Super Fun and Insightful Way to Review Your Year

Note from Emilie: Happy New Year! In last week’s post I shared my very free-form annual review and goals for the new year. I tend not to have any specific procedure for doing this, and I like it that way. But after reading about Neil’s method, I find myself wanting to head to a coffee […]

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Why “Success” is an Unhelpful Idea and How to Really Flourish as a Multipotentialite

Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Why “Success” is an Unhelpful Idea and How to Really Flourish as a Multipotentialite

Words like “success” and “failure” have never meant much to me. Other people seem to care a great deal about these words, but I don’t really know what they mean. They seem so abstract and subjective. There are examples you can point to and say: “that person’s clearly a success!” Someone who’s career has taken […]

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New Beginnings, Anxiety, and the Plurality of Emotions

Monday, June 19, 2017

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New Beginnings, Anxiety, and the Plurality of Emotions

Last Thursday, Valerie and I packed up our little Honda and, with the dog curled up at my feet beneath the passenger seat, ventured north. Several hours and three ferry rides later, we arrived at our new home on our new island. Four friends were waiting for us in the road, holding a painted banner […]

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