What Are You going to Do with Your 11 Lifetimes?

What Are You going to Do with Your 11 Lifetimes?

Written by Emilie

Topics: Work

Editor’s note: today’s cartoon post is by Zach Weiner. It’s a beautiful rebuttal to the 10,000 hour argument and proves that there’s a vast middle ground between doing only one thing and doing everything under the sun.


Your Turn

What are some things you’d like to do with your 11 lifetimes?


Originally published on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cerial, republished with permission by Zach Weiner.


  1. Em says:

    I like that idea. Makes me think like I have plenty of time to do the stuff I want to do right now and I will have another plenty do to another when I find new interest :) And not like months, whole years!

    • Emilie says:

      I know, right? Imagine if instead of asking kids what they want to be when they grow up, we asked them to make a list of 11 careers they’d love to try? So much more fun and freeing!

      • Em says:

        So true :) But maybe it will happen. They used to tell us it’s normal to pick one job and stick around forever, but I don’t think it is anymore. These days, people are mostly just not suited for such task like our parents and grandparents. Maybe kids will hear soon enough “It’s normal to switch careers or even live nomadic life, whatever you want to do and wherever, don’t limit yourself” :)

  2. Katie says:

    Goodness, this is fantastic! Just discovered your site today and I’m learning so much about myself and the people around me.

  3. Josh says:

    This is great. I’m at an age where people start thinking that either what they’re doing is what they’re always gonna do, or people are hurrying up to try to find what to do so they can finally stop worrying about it.

    It’s probably been said on this site already that that worry comes more from society and stories we hear growing up. In a place like Japan it comes from this belief that nobody will hire you if you get into a new field after say 30 or 35. I can’t wait for the time when these worries are finally proven as irrational by reality, by people like us.

  4. Lori Stalter says:

    Ooh. This is a fun concept to play with. I turn 45 in a little over a month. The other day I made a mental decision that this year is my “middle year.” That’s right. I made a conscious decision of planning to live until 90. Check back in 45 years and I’ll let you know how that went. lol

    But that means I get four more lives. Awesome! I’m gonna go do me some living!

  5. Martin says:

    I always tell people I am 40 and I am still wondering what I want to be when I grow up.

  6. I love this colorful presentation! Thanks for this fun and poignant cartoon.

  7. Jess says:

    This is so liberating, I am glad I found this website. I thought there was something wrong with me, being surrounded by mono-life individuals, but these words are like a breath of fresh air. I have been looking for you for so long. Thank you for unclipping my wings.

    Rethinking life in these terms makes it even more exciting. I have spent one life being a graphic designer and one being a fitness instructor, and now I look forward to my next reincarnation. I have lately become obsessed with poetry and death, we’ll see. All I know is that life as a multipotentialite is awesome.

  8. Timmy Corini says:

    Hi Emilie,

    This comic is awesome.

    I’ve been so impacted by your work, I can’t believe this is my first comment! I will be in touch…I’m 100% a puttypeep! :)


  9. Jess says:

    I LOVE this! Time for a new life for me perhaps? Exciting stuff!

  10. Jarrod says:

    Paid FireFighter – check
    Martial Arts Instructor – check
    Aircraft Engineer – check
    Youth worker – check
    Aged care worker – check
    Disability worker – check
    Boiler maker – check

    Wanting to achieve
    Fulltime FireFighter – Pending
    Paramedic – on hold
    Helicopter Pilot – gradually
    Aerial Rescue team – would complete my life.

    Im only 21. My goal is to help as many people as possible
    In every aspect of life, whether it be dragging them from
    A burning building, motivating to get fit, winching into a
    Helicopter, suicide prevention Or performing a lifesaving

    Are my goals achievable? & does this make me a multipotentialite?

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