Win a Signed Copy of How to Be Everything + We Won a Book Award!

Win a Signed Copy of How to Be Everything + We Won a Book Award!

Written by Emilie

Topics: The Book

Hey friends!

Look what I received in the mail the other day:

It’s the paperback edition of How to Be Everything, which is coming out on May 1, 2018 in the US and June 14 in the UK!

Since I like helping awesome multipods (and I really have no need for this many copies of my own book :), I’ve decided to do a giveaway! Here’s how it’ll work:

I’m going to pick 5 of you to receive signed copies of How to be Everything. You can enter for yourself, or if you’ve already read the book, you can gift it to someone else.

How to Enter the Contest

In the comments section below, please answer one of the following questions:

Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?

OR, if you’ve already read HTBE and want to gift it to someone:

Who do you think would really benefit from reading How to Be Everything, and why?

Get your comments in by Friday April 27 at midnight EDT. I’ll pick the 5 people that I feel would make the best use of the book.

And Speaking of Winners…

I received some super exciting news last week. Apparently, my publisher nominated How to Be Everything for a Nautilus Book Award, and it won! We got Silver in the category “Inner Prosperity & Right Livelihood” Ha! How rad is that?!

I’m really proud of How to Be Everything and I feel so honoured that it’s been recognized. I also completely acknowledge that it was a collaborative project.

I received so much help from the multipotentialite community: those of you that I interviewed and those that filled out surveys. Also, just getting to connect with and learn from this community for the last 8.5 years… I literally couldn’t have written this book without you guys, so I really consider this award to be OURS. <3

With so much love,
Your pal and fellow multipotentialite,

Emilie

p.s. Get your comments in! I want to send you books. :)

Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike and The Puttytribe, where she helps multipotentialites build lives and careers around ALL their interests. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is the author of How to Be Everything (HarperCollins). Learn more about Emilie here.

221 Comments

  1. Anna says:

    Congrats on the award! ?

    I could really use ”How to be everything” right now to get me moving. The last three or four years have been rough healthwise for me. I have been diagnosed with PMDD (Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I take medicine to control them both and have had to make some lifestyle changes to cope. In January I was diagnosed with pre-cancer in a breast. I’ve had two surgeries and will start radiation therapy in two weeks.

    Now I feel like I have to get brave and tackle these thoughts I have about living with a 9-5 job that I like but don’t love. I am sure ”How to be everything” can inspire me to be brave!

  2. Kelly says:

    Hi Emily,

    I was going to write you even before I saw this post and the opportunity of getting one of your books.

    I just wanted to say thank you, for finally putting in words and in an organised manner, all that I have been feeling. So much has been through my mind and you clarified everything in 12min.

    My background is PR and Marketing but 2 years ago I fell in love with Boxing and Martial Arts. I am currently in Thailand, training and fighting Muay Thai but all the sudden I feel an urge to try other things. I keep thinking, there is so much more I would love to be learning and doing as well. I always feel like I never have enough time, that I should be more focused on one thing, etc.

    I love your work and I am glad you exist.

    Truly thankful!

    All the best,
    Kelly

  3. Luvmeki says:

    I have a chronic illness and can’t yet do any of my passions so I’m probably not the best person to receive this book. But I’d love to read it and imagine what my future could be like if I do ever get better.

    Congratulations on the award!!

  4. Kayla says:

    I feel like I have so many interests and nowhere to start with moving forward with my careers the book would be of such a help to give me more information!! :)

  5. Ariane says:

    Hi!

    I’m brazilian and I’d appreciate winning the giveaway. I’m finishing my degree this year after a long journey of doubts, a course change and after considering changing courses again along the way. All of these just regarding my academic life. When it comes to my career, it’s a bit more frustrating because we can’t just control it, the market opportunities is the one whose is in control. I think this book could help me a lot through this phase and through life, since I identify myself a lot with the multipod community. The concept is still unknown in my country, and I often feel not supported at all. I presented the concept to my therapist, and the reaction was totally negative. I don’t even know if this giveaway includes other countries, but I’d really appreciate it.

    Tks.

  6. I’ve read the copy from my library, but upon returning I still hadn’t figured out which approach (slash/einstein/etc) I wanted or needed to take, meta-multipod problem? When I have my own, I can sketch, make notes, highlight, unhighlight (yeah, I have markers I can erase, very multipodlike, as what is important might change from day to day….).
    Definitely need my own copy :-) probably two ;-) (kidding, I want others to enjoy these wise words as well)

  7. Brie says:

    I’m at a turning point in my life now. I have a few options beckoning me, but am not sure which to pursue. They all look pretty good from where I stand now, but I also know all that glitters isn’t gold.

  8. Corinna Rombi says:

    I would be perfect timing because I’m at the beginning of some new paths and would like to work all of them out.

  9. Miranda says:

    I changed careers this year (again – my 3rd career at age 33). I’ve had trouble nailing down “what I want to be when I grow up” because I have such a wide variety of interest. I recently discovered the idea of being a multipotentialite (thank you, Emilie!) and am in the process of learning how I can connect those interests – or use them separately – to build my best life!

  10. Toni says:

    I’ve been meaning to get a copy of How to Be Everything for my good friend Charlie.

    He is a business idea machine and the most inspiring part is that his main focus is encouraging people to live healthier lives, offering his perspective as a disabled man.

    He motivates me when I might otherwise throw in the towel, and he is happy to remind me that having different projects on the go can be a wonderful, if sometimes frustrating, thing.

    He’s all about enjoying the journey, and I think he would take a great deal from the book and apply it to his entrepreneurial endeavours!

  11. David says:

    Hello. I would love to receive a signed copy of this book. I feel like I definitely “qualify” as a multipotentialite, as I have numerous interests that I regularly follow in life, and also feel like, even at 50, that I STILL haven’t found what I want to do when I ‘grow up.’ Thanks for your time, help, and consideration. Take care, and have a great day.

  12. Kym says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?

    This book is everything I need in my life right now. I am transitioning from a home-based, laptop marketing career to a Masters degree in psychotherapy. I envision a career in mental health and wellbeing for myself but I don’t want to burn myself out by counselling all the time. I want to build a career of many facets to encompass my interests, e.g. yoga, meditation, counselling, teaching. I just need some guidance on how to make this work, and some inspiration to show me that others are doing this too and are successful at it.

    I’ve always known a traditional 9-5 isn’t for me, but it’s so hard to break free from this concept when it’s all that everyone around me is doing.

    I could really do with this book to spur me on.

    Keep up the good work, Emilie.

  13. Ritesh Kapoor says:

    You are wonderful…!! I would love to win your book….

    I don’t afford as if now, once I will… I will surely join your group subscription..

  14. Jordan says:

    So many interests (good) making time for them all (bad) need outlets (good) tough to master any one of them (bad?) Would love to read this book for more insight!

  15. Riccardo Bua says:

    I think the overall concept of the book is something that was missing before a clear view on people that don’t stop at the first step or the second, but go across multiple fields at the same time, like the renaissance people

  16. Adam says:

    I think some kind of motivation might come in handy in my case :) besides, knowing how could I use my hobby-related abilities in a career (or turning them into a career – that’d be the best) is a nice touch too.

  17. Hannele says:

    Hi! I would really need your book, because I want to save the world. My calling is to help in transition to sustainable world. Nice way to put together lot of many interest, isn’t it? And yes, there is lot of work even for a bunch of hardworking multipotentialites. That is why I need to learn how to be more effective and keep on going when my interests vary under this large topic. I have just discovered that I am a Multipontielite and I could use some help.

  18. Simone says:

    I’m in that kind of period where I feel stuck among my multi activities.

    The book will be a good Ariadne’s thread to move forward and move better in this labyrinth.

  19. Pia says:

    How to Be Everything would be the perfect book for someone aged 52 who still hasn’t decided on any one thing to do and needs to invent a new career for the xx time while juggling health issues and whatnot….

  20. Dominique Egbers says:

    I’m 33 and just barely started coming to grips with the fact I still dont know what I’m supposed to do with my life and that’s ok. I would love to explore more and I think your book is just the thing I need in my life right now!!

  21. Sadaf Vidha says:

    I’m a psychologist but I’m also interested in fine arts, reading and writing and a lot of activism for a bunch of socially relevant issues.. I connected with the multipotentialite Ted talk in an instant. Finally I had a word for myself! I am on a work break right now, learning art therapy among other things and really thinking hard about my way forward. This book at this time in life will help me really find a good way to harness all or most of my skills to have a rich and fulfilling working life ahead.

  22. Shinjini says:

    I heard about multi potentialities recently and my mind was blown! I’d love to have a copy of this book so I can finally figure out how to get all of my interests to play nice together. :)

  23. Once I was so sure I would end up being a film reviewer that I planned and succeed, my studies in this field. My first job was at Disney as comic story editor. I thought it was cool. My biggest project came in and I was thrilled about it for a couple of years. But then, my contract expired and they suggested me to become a freelancer. I struggled because I wanted to be back in a big company, instead of fighting to find new clients. I was ready to quit, to give up on all the projects cleverly ordered onto my desk and cut down to compromises in order to have a safe job. But I watched your speech, and my true life calling was to embrace the multipotentialite I am. It was life changing since then. I know I don’t have to be aligned with everybody else, that be confident in yourself is more important than your monthly paycheck. I’m working on myself, and so far I’m feeling stronger and stronger.

    I don’t need your book, I will buy it anyway. It would be a pleasure to have a copy signed. This a delightful way to show my respect and appreciation for your encouraging speech and words.

  24. Anna says:

    For 50 years I have been struggling to become something and make something of my life. After discovering your TED-talk, I realized that I’m very very very much a multipotentialite. When I started to embrace all of what I am and started to use all the knowledge and life experience I have, I finally started to be ME. It´s never to late to turn a ship around. Thanks Emilie for sharing your story, some day I will share mine too!

  25. Tomer says:

    For many years I don’t have two weeks that are the same. Every day I do something totally different than the day before. I feel that this book will help me do more but in the right direction.

  26. Allen Vaillancourt says:

    I was recently hired as a Medical Biller for a Doctor’s practice. After a period of time they found out that I had experience in building maintenance.
    I called some of my networking HVAC buddies to provide the physician with estimates on repair, renovations and upgrades on the building’s heating and cooling units and saved them some money. It worked out well for both of us. It’s not likely that one would find a Medical Biller that also has bldg. maintenance experience! This may pan out as a business opportunity for me! Thanks- I would really enjoy your book. The Best to you.

    Allen Vaillancourt

  27. Emma says:

    Congrats on the award!

    As for your question – I’m worried my answer could fill a book of it’s own. I can tell you I have found that since discovering this blog and your ted talks the world feels more open and full of possibility instead of a set of standards I could never seem to live up too. I’ve finally gained the courage to let myself try new things instead of berating myself for ‘not sticking to stuff’ or ‘not having a thing’. The knock on effect this has had in my life is insane. I’ve done a marathon, baked wedding cakes, joined some awesome clubs and in turn met amazing people and made some pretty terrible scarves (turns out knitting is not a solid skill I have.) Basically, anything I’d put off before because I wouldn’t of been ‘the best’. So, yeah – I would LOVE a copy of the book to keep on learning as I finally make a career change!

  28. Christian says:

    I am still wondering how to make sense of the seemingly infinite interests I have. I am stuck in deciding where to go with my career, which actually is not a career yet!
    I feel I would loose something by giving up some topics I love and I have not figured out how to blend more of them into a workable solution.
    Would this book help me navigate this path and avoid going back to a 9 to 5 job that would make me feel unaccomplished? I hope so!

  29. Taisia says:

    I have always thought that to achieve something it is necessary to concentrate on one path. I have spent a decade building my career and felt guilty everytime I was interested in something far from my professional choice. It never felt wrong (it was exciting!) but I made myself believe I was wasting my time.

    Things have changed after I watched “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” TED-talk. I have realized that my interest in the variety of fields is an asset! I became capable of bridging my interests and seeing unexpected patterns.

    Since then I dive into the new interest without guilt. One day I’ll use this new knowledge. Or not! And that’s OK! I chose to focus on the learning experience itself.

    I am a proud owner of a multipotentialite status! I have added it to my formal CV! It always works as a fun ice-breaker on job interviews :) And it feels great to be a part of this unique (and growing!) community!

    I would love to have this book as a reminder of the life-changing experience and as a reference on my shelf that every fault can turn to be an asset.

  30. Natalie says:

    I need to know everything about being everything, otherwise I’m afraid I will remain nothing.

    * Thank you for your wisdom, Emilie! *

  31. Cynthia says:

    My husband and I are both multipotentialites. I’ve read the book but he refuses to read my copy. He’s a highlighter/dog ear/notes in the column reader. I am not, so we have dual copies of many books at his insistence (not mine). Since this is not one of those books, he’s missing all the good stuff! A copy for him to highlight, dog ear, and jot down notes in would help him understand his journey.

  32. I started following you because you were the first one (and only one) to tell me what was happening to me…
    Over the time people have called me “hyperactive” like a bad thing, so they’ve always made things to make me be calmed… With the time and independence all this have taken me to develop more skills and projects in different areas, but then people pointed that I didn’t stayed in only one area as a bad thing again… Like if I couldn’t decide myself
    Now I need to choose my major I’m the university so I’m having some trouble with that because of all of this, i don’t really like to close myself to only one area, so I’m trying to choose the thing that complements me more to develop the projects I want, but that’s why I want your book, I think it can help me to reach the balance and be able to act with coherence, but fulfilling my potential!

  33. Raven says:

    I’d love a copy of How To Be Everything! Having studied architecture and communications, I’ve produced large scale events, was a radio announcer, corporate coach and facilitator and a dog trainer. It made no sense to anyone else but, it sure made sense to me! I’d like to help teach others that it’s okay to be exactly who they are and be gainfully employed and I’d like all the insight you have! Thanks for your wisdom and your sense of humor.

  34. Dimple Shah says:

    I took your quiz and was identified as a multipotentialite. Just needed a confirmation and I am glad I found your talk on TED. I have a job that I love but I feel there’s something missing because I have so many things in my mind that I want to accomplish. I’ve been working on a plan on how to get things moving and I truly believe that “How to be Everything” will be immensely helpful in planning and eventually, executing all my dreams! :-)

  35. Vivienne Simon says:

    Perfect for the crossroads / transition I’m in, seeking to focus my talents and energy in most useful ways to create a better world.

  36. Aude says:

    I dream of this book! I live in France and I can’t find anything about multipotentialism. Emily, thank you to have written it!

  37. Patricia says:

    Hi !
    How to be everything is the perfect book for me because i begin with accepting that i can be everything, I try to eanr money by my way , but it’s quite difficult for me because i don’t have success today with organisation and i have difficulties to do One thing.

    Thanks

  38. Steffi says:

    I think, you understand me, the chaos, the pressure to be like the others, to be consistent and so on….you know, we are different and I think you have a lot of ideas to be free….thanks and congratulation to the Award!!!

  39. Erin Kane says:

    How to Be Everything is the exact book that I need in my life right now because I am at a major crossroads. I am currently in grad school for my 2nd master’s degree (in Library and Information Sciences). My husband and I are also moving from Chicago and Cleveland to be close to his sick father, so we have to quit our jobs and find new ones. I am a writer, researcher, publishing and marketing professional, student, and avid reader. I could really use this book to help me navigate the job search ahead of me and to be able to frame my many talents, varied background, and consistent passion for books and reading in a more cohesive way for potential new employers.
    Thank you!

  40. Sara says:

    I need -How to be everything- because I really hope that this book will make me read it till it ends, till the very last page of the book, and guide me to understand how to deal with the fact that I give more than everything I’ve got to a project for just letting it unfinished then and start another one completely different.
    It would definitely change the way I deal with all the projects I left suspended.
    (you’re great by the way)

  41. Emma says:

    I’m TRYING to be everything but it feels a bit like people (for people read Employers) aren’t taking me seriously.
    If I had a book to show me HOW to be everything, then, with luck and a bit of application, perhaps people (Employers) would take me seriously. Perhaps then, they would understand that I’m not a high risk hire because I’ve only spent, at most, 3 years doing one type of job.

  42. Ophelie says:

    I just recently learned about multipotentiality and it blew my mind and helped me understand myself better. I will be graduating in a few months and still have no idea how to integrate what I love doing into a job I would enjoy. How to Be Everything would be perfect to help me figure that out.

  43. Kunal Sanklecha says:

    Hello Emilie,

    I am a fellow multipotenitalite and I have a plan. After going for a life changing expedition to Antarctica for sustainability and leadership, I have walked out of college (couldn’t do it after 3 years), tried out and explored multiple interests and have accepted myself the way I am. I want this book to bring about the change which I want to see, in myself, others and our planet. I also want to share your awesome ideas and thoughts with students in India.

    PN: I would give you a tight hug one day if you would send me the Renaissance Business (paperback) book too.

    Love from India,
    Kunal Sanklecha

  44. Stephanie says:

    At the moment I feel incredibly lost. I have people telling me I need to pick one thing and stick to it and just ‘be normal’ and do like other people do. Settle down, buy a house, get kids and act my age. I want to to some extend, but it also feels like there is something missing. Lately I feel like I’m not myself. I feel like I lost missing pieces of myself and I can’t seem to find them or figure out what is missing. All I know is that I feel stuck and I have no idea what path is the path for me. I’m hoping this book will shake me awake and give me a nudge in the right direction.

  45. Hi: So great to have discovered you. Such a relief! Oh, yeah, I’m one for sure and the timing of finding you is perfect.

    I’m a longtime professional writer and communications consultant, with a lifelong history of dabbling in other pursuits.

    I’m also founding president of a special needs product company MightyTykes.com, inspired by my son Isaac, who has Down syndrome. My heartfelt belief is that we’re Different by Design (being an outlier myself), and so MightyTykes has evolved to have a strong advocacy role with other spin-offs.

    As a result of an essay I wrote about my experience with Isaac, I’m now writing inspirational daily reader content for Guideposts, with two books out recently published and two more planned. Right now, isabellayosuico.com is aimed at my inspirational writing, but largely emboldened by you and some of the bloggers on your site, I’m working on building it out to reflect my business writing as well, since that’s my steady income.

    There are a couple other book projects I’d love to explore that now seem more viable than ever.

    I also have a couple of other meaning-filled related inspirations that somehow fit together. I’d been knee-deep in the process of making sense of all of it when I watched your Ted Talk, which I found so comforting and validating.

    Still, none of these initiatives are generating sufficient livable income yet to help support my family, partly undermined I now suspect by my own ambivalence, confusion, and maybe even a smidgen of shame, of having a few concurrent opportunities.

    Regardless of whether I win, know that your sharing your experience has profoundly touched me, and helped me to begin to view myself, interests and opportunities in a more positive, and frankly effective, light.

    Warmest blessing to you at the rest of the multi-po crew!

  46. Alexis M. Washington says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?

    You know the other day, I joked to myself, “I AM Everything. It feels like I can do everything as if I’m playing God,” LOL But as I said it, it felt more like truth than a joke. My down fall is FOCUS, and ORGANIZATION. I have a feeling will teach me how to be “all over” in an organized way. I can do photography, graphic design, architecture, make up, fine art, fashion design (Clothe making) and crafts. I just did my first baby shower set up this past week.

    Who do you think would really benefit from reading How to Be Everything, and why?

    I know a singer named Sheryl Renee, quite popular. Special thing about her is that she can sing multiple Music Genre’s and she wish she could focus on one genre. If she was able to do that she think she would’ve been more popular. But I think this book will help her understand herself a whole lot more.

  47. Taylor Howe says:

    I have had 5 different streams of income this year and really feel the need to focus on just one thing. I’m “ok” at multiple things but not great at anything. I love starting new things (and I have a million things I want to do!) but I don’t know how to put it all together in a way that generates enough income for me to be happy AND helps me be fulfilled. I would benefit immensely from this book! I think it would help me take all the disparate things I’m doing and piece them together into a life that I’m proud of. Thanks for your consideration :)

  48. Veronika says:

    Im right where i have to make a big decision about my future and choose what im gonna study, and a carrier. I have so much pressure from everywhere to be honest, and at this moment i feel like i could study everything. I really can because i read a lot and i think whatever ill go it will intrest me. But the problem is that i don’t want to wake up one morning and regret everything. Im just really scared right now, and trying to find a solution for my worries thats how i found your website. I think this book is exactly what i need.

  49. Naomi says:

    I seriously need a copy of your book so I can casually leave it in different places all over the house in hope that my husband or one of my many kids becomes intrigued enough to read it and maybe, just maybe, someone will finally understand why I “flitter” and have “so many fingers in so many pies”! ?

  50. Susanna says:

    “How To Be Everything” is absolute necessary for someone who never realized that there might be an expectation to choose a career path. So far, I happily – or sometimes needed to be creative while raising kids – changed professions, tried things out, worked on different skills. But I would like to learn how to integrate and bundle all of this in a way that it feels less like “jumping to the next” but more like “well-rounded, resourceful personality”.

  51. Heather Kugler says:

    I haven’t yet read HTBE but I would love to! I’m currently in a position with a company where I’m literally everything and I’m having a hard time deciding whether to keep with it or move on to something more structured. I appreciate the gift of being multi-talented but I’m not so sure others aka my employers see my placement as a vital position. I need to learn not to care whether they see my value, or if I should push for the awareness from upper management, or how to be content with my position, or how to decide if it’s time to move on. I’m in a position in my life where my skill sets are being utilized not only at work, but outside of work in many volunteer organizations, and honestly, I’m feeling somewhat burned out and often used. I could really use some advice from the multipod guru herself! Thanks for the opportunity.

  52. Zuleykha says:

    You know you are lost when you are 31 and still dont know what you are doing with your life… Looking at others saying I could be that, I could do that… You know you are capable of anything but cant either decide or too lazy to decide your career and life paths… I want to be a good example to my growing toddler, I want to be able to help him through his life because he is just like me I can tell now- he has no prolonged interest in anything, and that kind of scares me. I hope How To Be Everything book will help me help myself and, later, my boy.

  53. Jeff says:

    I feel this would be the perfect book right now for several reasons- One, being a multipod in a rural area many people don’t understand the jumping back and forth between projects and interests (especially topics that aren’t popular in this area) and being 100% in one second and not the next. I sense the “Jack of all trades, master of none” feeling from others who feel I am too scattered, and at times I question myself, do I have too many projects or plates in the air and do I manage by eliminating some…but right now I really like all of these! The main benefit of this book I see though is I am the K-12 teacher for talented and gifted students in my school district. I see many multipods involved in my program and feel this book could be a great reference tool for them in their desire and search for How To Be Everything. That is what many of them want to do, but have the pressures of choosing a more single-line “traditional” job and I don’t want to see them be limited! I feel this book would provide them the support and understanding of someone (other than their teacher) encouraging them to go out and do everything and be awesome! I also see this as being a tool for my own sons who seem to be following along in the multipod way of life with their many interests. Thanks for this opportunity, and the community you have created and support!

  54. Naomi says:

    Congratulations! I would like a copy of your book so I can casually leave it around the house in different places on different days in the hope that my husband or one of my many kids picks it up for a read of how to understand their ever “flitting”, “fingers in many pies” kind of wife/mother! ?

  55. Mirella says:

    I am wandering the road of a new country, but I still haven’t found which one of them is MINE. This book would definitely help me to discover it :)

  56. Precious Gracious says:

    As Salaam Alaikum Emilie, Greetings from the Sultanate of Oman!
    I am trying my luck in this contest as a multipotentialite. Hehe. Actually, aside from aiming to win the signed copy of your book I really want to congratulate you and your team; and express my sincere thanks to you and to the whole community. I was able to pursue my teaching passion here in the Middle East because of the multipod spirit. I was in different career tracks before and I felt like I am always in detour but when I heard about your advocacy, I was enlightened! As of now, I have an amazing journey in unleashing the best in me in many different ways— super thanks to this community! May you continue to be a blessing to others, I have no plan of keeping the book to myself coz I believe on the saying that ‘Knowledge not shared is knowledge wasted’, rest assured this gift will continue to be a gift to others.

  57. Yan says:

    Re: “Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?”…

    I only found out that I was a multipotentialite at the start of this year after watching Emilie’s TED talk. Suddenly, everything made sense: why I’ve always felt relatively comfortable being a beginner, why I easily become interested in new things, why I quickly move on after finding something pointless…

    Apparently, I’ve been using some sort of Group Hug-Phoenix hybrid approach all these years (journalism, advertising, research, and as of now, education). Each time, I would be drained of energy due to the nature of the work and have little time for my one true passion, which is writing. I’ve therefore come to the realization that in order to be truly happy, I need to do something that allows me to organize my own hours AND use my interests to make a living.

    I’m hoping to become an EdTech Developer/Freelance Writer within the next year and have already resigned from my current position to embark on this next chapter of my life (in a different country too). A signed copy of the book that originally gave me the confidence to change will certainly keep me motivated and reminded of the need to move forward!

  58. Greg Vance says:

    Hi Emilie –
    In my coaching services, I come across so many people that are definite multipotentialites – and many others that are clearly on the boarder. I’d love to be better equipped to serve them through the learnings in your book – in addition to my own multipotentialite personality. Thanks and keep up the great work with your community.

  59. Crystal says:

    The first time I heard the term “multipotentialite”, I felt like I was finally home. For years, I have struggled with what I want to do with my life. Should I get a job that will allow me to earn a good living? Or, should I pursue that extra education that I want, that will allow me to grow and serve others (which is the underlying theme in everything that I do)? Well, I chose the latter–as proven by my bank account. :) I work 3 jobs, go to school, and am starting my own business…I don’t do all of this because I have to, but because I want to. I genuinely love doing everything that I do, but sometimes it is a struggle to fit it all together (read: free time? what’s that!?). My struggle for the past couple of years has been finding my “label”. It’s been only recently that I’ve realized that I don’t need one of those! But, truly fitting all of my interests together AND explaining to people what I do are so difficult without that label. I’ve been hitting a lot of bumps in the road lately. I believe How to Be Everything could be the perfect tool to help me move past them!
    (Thank you, Emilie, for sharing this with us!!)

  60. Maeva says:

    When I was lost in my life after my studies, I read an interview of yours and found out I was a Multipotentialite! There is a big community in France with similar stories and guess what? I do not have any problem and i feel much better! Reading your book will be the opportunity to know more :) thanks

  61. Mary says:

    I love reading your weekly newsletters, they encourage me to explore all of my interests and to not be ashamed of having several skills and interests rather than specializing in one. I would benefit from reading about how other multipotentialites fit their interests into fruitful and fulfilling lives and strategies for bettering my own approach. I’m at a juncture in my life – deciding whether to pursue another 9-5 job or branch out on my own as a consultant. Reading this book would help me make this decision!

  62. Anna says:

    Hi Emilie,

    First I’d like to use this opportunity to thank you for the greatest discovery of my life watching your TED.
    I had finally understood who I am and why this is course of my life. I could deeply relate to every word you said. I am relieved and its completely changed my perspective.

    With that being said, being an experienced multipotentialite as I see it, is to be free (mentally): Free of guilt and free of regrets.
    When you understand yourself (even if others don’t) you are in you element and that’s where I’d like to see myself with help from “How to Be Everything”. (BTW, Congrats on the nomination and the winning)!

    Its such a great feeling that my new passion objective is finally to embrace and to grow. I must master this :)

  63. Zachary Prusak says:

    “Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?”
    At 55 and pursuing a wide variety of interests/professions, I would love to be inspired by reading Emilie’s book, so I can be the best multipotentialite I can be! Thanks!

  64. Laura L says:

    I think I will get great use of this because I have so many interests and pursue them partly to only leave them started! Also excitements gets me interested but doesn’t necessarily keep me hooked!

  65. Alden says:

    Whenever I get hired (I’ve been an independent consultant for years), I wind up doing much more than the job specifies. This helps me extend my gigs.

    However, I would be more successful, if I could communicate the breadth of my skills to potential clients, and I would be happier with my work.

  66. Rob says:

    I’ve made a commitment to a career path that I find fulfilling and would be happy if I only got to do the one thing I chose – however, I find I often have “straying” thoughts of pursuing completely unrelated projects or businesses. For a long time I believed the only way to be successful at something is to single-mindedly dedicate oneself to that job or field, but I’m shifting my mindset as I think I’m getting closer to accepting I might be a multipotenialite!

  67. Susanne says:

    I need How to Be Everything in my life, since just reading about its existence saved something important in me earlier today. It happened in a weird way that started with me breaking down (over work tasks that should feel so stimulating, but just seem like unjust mockery compared to all the other things bouncing around in my head), once again, feeling so frustrated over all the things I want to do and create and achieve and never seem to be able to manage. For this reason I typed the first sentence that calmed down into words in my head, into the almighty Google: “I feel like I never finish anything”. I stumbled into Puttylike for the first time ever (to read ” “I Never Finish Anything”: How to Stop Feeling Guilty about All of Your Unfinished Projects”, and dry my tears) – and signed up for the test – and read the welcome mail – and started to cry again (this time because of all the spot-on pokes in my ribs, that felt so comforting and warm). And I took the test. And I’m a Simultaneous Multipotentialite. And now I need this book since I want to know more about being a multipod – since I just found out I am one (and of course I’m all flabbergasted, confused and excited to discover what it means).

    The dirty truth is I’ve been stressed out for years, and on paper I seem to have it all so straight and well set, with a great educational degree, so many creative ideas, a good job, a wonderful man to live with, awesome friends, a sweet dog, and tons of books to read… But despite all those good things I never seem to grasp my full potential or ability to do something marvellous out of myself. I constantly freak out, or freeze, not knowing what my next step should be – since the possibilities are truly endless.

    So yes, I really want to read this book. I feel like it would give me some ease, some understanding, some sort of walking stick on the twisting trails I tread. Only, I just found out there is no retailer for it in Sweden (where I’m from).

    And a that’s a very open and truly felt comment, for all that I discovered here today (or at least a rant that felt good to write). Thank you if you had time and heart to read it all.

  68. Julie T. says:

    Hi Emilie !
    I hope French people can enter this great contest as well (sorry in advance for my mistakes in english!) :)

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?
    The answer for me is simple… Since I have discovered your Ted Talk on the multipotentialites, things are clearer to me. I have realized since then that the little something that was always in the back of my head have a name, and that I am not the only one to deal with all these feelings. For some time I have some troubles to deal with my everyday life, not because I am not happy but because I realized that I have a lot of hobbies and lot of hopes for life. I am considering changing my job, and it has not been easy with my relatives. Why would you stop a well-paid job that you like for something that you didn’t even studied in the first place ? (I am working in a pharmaceuticals company and now want to work in the communication field).
    Now that I have planned the next steps and now that my ideas are more or like defined, I am currently writing my journey along this notion of multipotentialite, with all the methods that keep me focus and help me going throught this. No that I want to get published or anything. But writing is a way for me to evacuate all this and maybe one day it will help others.
    This is why I would need to win the book. To know more about all this and find out what is YOUR journey and advices.
    Everyone is unique, but together, by learning from each other experiences, we can move forward and get through this. I am looking forward to read your book in anyway.
    A warm thank you for all your nice words on this blog, long live Puttylike !

    Julie from France

  69. Elizabeth says:

    I should win because… today is my BIRTHDAY! Because… I was laid off in January and have done nothing but soul-search for the past 12 weeks… Because I am on the verge of a breakthrough in terms of my own business… Because your TED talk is the one thing I keep going back to… Because I am a Multipotentialite and because I don’t see myself doing just ONE thing for the rest of my life. I just finished a certification in HR Management but discovered that my true calling is HUMANS! I could go on and on but please… Just pick me! Please

  70. Jen says:

    I just finished writing my thesis about exploring vulnerability as an interdisciplinary teacher. I used the ideas of being a miltipod to describe how I see interdisciplinarians-far more than writing during a math class. My thesis was a way to begin my journey, and I think this book would be another step in that direction.

  71. I’m a fifty-five year old with degrees in mathematics and education,and have nearly completed a graduate certificate in creative writing. I have already fantasized dozens of careers and had about five. I saw your TED talk, then headed on over to puttylike. I proudly announced to my husband of 33 years that I finally know what I am: a multipotenialite (simultaneous, according to your test). He laughed, not unkindly, because he’s been waiting our whole lives for me to figure it out, and, being obsessed with his one and only career, he cannot understand me. In the past, I’ve chalked up my “instability” to the effects of an abusive childhood, chronic illness, and plain old immaturity. I’ve raised three children, homeschooled them (getting to use plenty of skills), and now find myself thrilled to have the time to study–everything. Where the heck were you 40 years ago, young lady? I can’t say that I will do something productive with the book, should I win it. All I know is this: it will be one of the 3-10 tomes on my bedside table, a subset of the stack of to-reads in my study, but it will be the only one speaking directly to my soul.

  72. Sudiksha says:

    It feels so liberating to not confine what you want to do in one neat package. I am on this journey of charting my own path a writer, blogger, life and career coach, a mother and most importantly a learning advocate who believes that as we continue to be curious and taking action, the next steps reveal themselves. I believe this is the way to live an empowered life, particularly in such a dynamic world that we are in. I have followed your work for a couple of years now and your book will allow me to take inspiration from the journey of other multipotentialites to continue to chart my own life and also to share the message with others so that they feel supported and can take a journey of their own.

  73. Macdara says:

    Hello I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while – I’ve been making art for my whole life but I’ve never made much money from it – I’m 44 years old and I really need this book to help me start living properly as a multi pod and to believe in my multiple approach to creativity (performance, music, visual arts, writing) – thanks for reading !

  74. Nancy says:

    I recently took the Gallop Strengths Analysis with Restorative and Learner as my top two traits. I wasn’t surprised! I love fixing, restoring, revitalizing, learning, growing, exploring, etc.! Sometimes I feel exhausted and overwhelmed juggling so many interests. How to Be Everything is the exact book I need in my life right now to help me with my overwhelm while supporting my endless curiosities.

  75. Stella says:

    Hi Emilie! First of all, massive congratulations on the award! It’s a testament to how fab you and the multipod community are.

    Now onto your book… I’m currently at university, and I’m meant to be sorting out what to do afterwards, but I have no idea how to go about combining my interests into an arrangement that will bring me joy in my life. Unfortunately the careers service at my university tends to focus on careers based around specialism, which totally isn’t my style… Your book would be really helpful in guiding me on what to do next and how to prepare for moving into a multitalented career! :)

  76. Laura says:

    I never knew I was a multipotentialite! I always thought I was underperforming in life because I was always getting bored and changing careers. I studied finance in college, worked in insurance for 5 years before becoming bored and deciding to take paralegal courses at night, then switching into corporate paralegal work at a large law firm. After several years of that, I again was bored, and began spending my spare time reading programming books and self-taught myself to code. I was lucky, it was the dot-com era and it was very easy to secure a programming job with no real formal training or experience. I continued on as a software engineer for nearly a decade when finally, I again needed a change. You get the idea! Now I feel once again in need of a major career-shakeup but I am no longer a young spring chicken and convincing employers to let me do something new has been unsuccessful so far. I have toyed with the idea of consulting, maybe leaving time to pursue some of my passions such as writing science fiction, but have bills to pay. Hoping this book could help me set a new direction!

  77. Christine says:

    I would love to read your book cause I want inspiration to live my creative life full of purpose and passion. I want reassurance that I’m on track.
    Love C?

  78. Francesca says:

    i would definitely give the signed copy of HTBE to F., a friend of mine. first of all, because he introduced me to your ted talk for the first time, thinking i would appreciate it (and i did, as you can see!). so, it would be a well deserved “thank you” gift. also, i believe he would really appreciate it, as he is into so many interests: music, theatre, creative writing. F. is a 360° artist. he is a young man who is struggling to create his own unique career in which all those passions can flow peacefully and where the bigger picture makes perfect sense. rings a bell?

  79. I’m an academic research science lab assistant and ski instructor who is working to start a film production company and put together a crowdfunding campaign for our first project while trying to teach myself Python. I feel the topic of this book and strongly suspect that I need it in my life.

  80. I always thought that my varied interests would be separate from each other. You taught me that I can blend them together, and even succeed at making a living doing them together. I do feel like something is missing. This book may be it. And I may also have everything I need, just letting my self-doubt show its face for a moment. Anywho, if you knew at 18, you might have thought me grown up. but now at 42, I’m a regular hippie, at least when attending the music festivals. I’m doing the Benjamin Button thing, not in terms of the physical being younger, but definitely the mind and thoughts. Unlearning the grown up mentality is a hard process. and I appreciate all the wisdom I can find.

  81. Julie James says:

    How to Be Everything would be an excellent book for me because I have, for many years, devoured books to help me understand myself and others better and then share my findings with my students at the university where I teach and advise. When I first saw Emilie’s TED talk, I immediately shared it with my students and the multipotentialites in the class, including myself, were thrilled and relieved to finally understand why they had SO MANY interests and discover that they weren’t alone. I teach career development (i.e. what do you want to be when you grow up) and this is perfect!! I would love to read this book and be able to genuinely recommend it to my students like I have been recommending the TED talk for a couple years!

  82. Kim says:

    Answer to question 1: just one year ago due to circomstances I ended up with a lifecoach. After a one hour session, she told me that I had to watch your TED – talk. And I would probally feel better after watching it. So I went home and watched it 3 times. And I cried and cried and cried. Afterwards I felt better, I felt more at ease with myself. So one year later I still feel more relaxed and i accepted my constant change in interest and ideas.
    But I still think I need and should read the book.
    Because it still stays difficult.

  83. I need this book! I am a musician! No, wait, I am an artist! If, and a tarot reader! And I teach online classes, and am building on online shop, And I am a designer! Oh, and a festival producer. I have also been a dance teacher, massage therapist, Sound healer. And if I can ever find time, I have a book to write on “Re-enchanting the World”. How to do it all? The conventional wisdom tells us that of course we can’t do all this, we’ll never gain enough momentum. But I find having a lot of projects keeps me inspired for all of them, helps me to not get stuck in a rut. These are all part of who I am and yet it is overwhelming to juggle it all. I need this book!

  84. Yasmin says:

    Ever since I was a teenager, I remember this phrase being repeated by my parents “for the love of god, please, finish you “blank” before you move on to “blank”!”
    Now that could have been anything. Finish learning English (I am from iran) before you move on to french, finish learning how to play the violin before you learn how to sing, finish high school before deciding about your college major.
    I am now 27, and training to become a biophysicist at JHU, Baltimore. What I have learned more specifically after watching your TeD talk, is that there is nob”finishing “ in my version. I find it absurd, how can you ever “finish” a language? What if I don’t want to be a pro violinist and just enjoy the little songs I play for myself only?
    What if I am not bound by all these limits? I want to study living things. Great, I’m pursuing that. But I can also order food and drinks in French and play Bach and Ed sheeran on my violin. Who cares if I am no specialist in every single one of those things?
    I would love to have a chance to read your book, Emillie. I have been using the word “multipotentialite” a lot, even in my SOP letters. I believe it could give me more insight.
    Thank you for your work.
    Much love,
    Yasmin
    P.S. funny fact: I married a multipotentialite. His version is way more interesting though, he has got horseback riding, playing the piano and Tombak (iranian instrument), and drawing (but he only draws horses ?).

  85. Leana says:

    Most designers fall in the multipotentialite category! I lecture final-year undergrads in Interior Design in South Africa and have shown them your multipotentialite Ted-talk in class. I literally had some of them burst into tears because someone finally understands them and could tell them there’s nothing wrong with them, not to mention my own relief at the recognition of my own truth. Congratulations on publishing your book, for winning the award and thank you for holding a light in the darkness of every multipotentialite’s self-doubt.

    • tiziana says:

      Leana you are perfectly right!
      I read about multipotentiality this morning for the first time in my life… Always considering me “wrong” and inconclusive about everything in my life… and discovering that the truth is another has been really joyful for me. A new world opened.
      You did really a great choice, showing the ted talks to others!!!

  86. Nicola says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?
    I’m pretty good at most of the things I turn my mind to and find that the pressure to prioritise and find my ‘one thing’ is distracting and unhelpful. If I am going to spend my life with multiple outlets for work and expression, it would be delightful and juicy to be able to ride a wave of insight from a fellow multipod and pass that along to other.

    We need more multipod wisdom in the world!!

  87. Alison Kapsalis says:

    HTBE is definitely something I could use right now! As an educator of the gifted, I’ve been following you for a few years now, and have some life decisions coming up that I just don’t know how to handle. Just wrote out my bucket list of things I want to be when I grow up 5.0 (I’m turning 50!), and there are over 3 dozen options, not including educational pursuits. Widely disparate – everything from GT director to Nat Geo writer, founder of eco-tourism company to professor, shamanic medicine healer to nonhuman animal advocate. Environmental/animal law attorney. Program manager for Nature Conservancy. Advising B corporations. I just don’t know, and time is running out! The book could be a lifesaver!

  88. Amy Wyman says:

    I turn 50 in July this year. I have spent my life as a Multi-pod without knowing it. I have always thought that there was something wrong with me. I just couldn’t pull my life together. I was just Crazy! I couldn’t explain this curiosity to the people close to me. Why I got so excited about a project then would just loose interest. How was I to explain that I just wanted to know, and know how, to do EVERYTHING! I couldn’t even explain it to myself. A few months ago I stumbled upon Emilie’s Ted talk and it has changed my life. Just knowing that I was not alone, was enough to get me to look at what I can do, and get me started gathering my collected knowledge to find an occupation that would be satisfying in the long term. One that can grow and change with me that takes my many interests into consideration. I believe that Emilie’s book, could help me keep this new project going, or help me to organize myself, so I can go forward from a place of empowerment, instead of just hoping this time it all works out.

  89. Samuel says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?
    I graduated from high school a few weeks ago (I was homeschooled), and I really have no idea what I want to do from now on. I discovered you a couple years ago through your TED talk and, suddenly, it all made sense! I realized I’m a multipod (along with my dad, actually). I could grow my very small gluten free business (I’m a celiac), study university (gosh, so many interesting degrees: psychology, food science, chemistry engineering, computer sciences… the list goes on), study online, through courses, get a job… there are just so many possibilities! I feel quite privileged for having these possibilities, however it really has taken a toll on me. My identity crisis escalated SOOOO quickly last week and it ended with a full-on meltdown by the end of the week. Right now I’m recovering and trying not to think too much about this issue at hand, but I recognize it’s something I must figure out soon. Anyway… I feel like the book could be a great guide and starting point that could help guide me from where I am now, to determining where I want to get, and how (as well as how to perhaps mix in several of my interests). So yeah… that’s my answer hehehehe
    Lots of love to you and Valerie!

  90. Toby says:

    I’m just so tired…
    I’ve worked so hard in the corporate world it drove me insane. Now, I’m trying to do my own thing, but my own thing is So Many Things!
    Would love some help in finding my umbrella to share and sell.
    Seems harder as we age, too. People think I should have it all together by now and be a sage. Sadly, I don’t have it all together and am looking for a string to tie my things together.
    Thanks!

  91. Your TedTalk video has been so valuable to the students I advise who are exploring college majors and careers. When I recognize multipotentialite characteristics in a student, I always recommend they watch it. Their overwhelmingly positive feedback has been stunning! Of all the recommendations I make, this has had the biggest impact. The look of sheer joy at realizing there is nothing wrong with them and that they are not alone is priceless. I would like to read the book to learn more and so I can recommend it to them as an additional resource in their journey.

  92. Tanja says:

    I have always wondered what was wrong with me, why it was impossible for me to do just one profession, one lifetime project, like the others do. When I read about Multipotentialites, I suddenly felt better: I wasn’t “strange” anymore. Then something fantastic happened. I shared some links and other people wrote me back that they had the same feeling. I felt even better: I wasn’t alone anymore!
    I need this book in this particular moment of my life because now I know that I am a multipotentialite, yet I don’t know how to handle it. I need directions and this book could definitely help.
    Ps – I would love to share it with other people in need, so if I get the book, I will give it to another Multipod as I finish it.

  93. Ilaria says:

    How to Be Everything is the exact book that I need in my life right now since three weeks ago I bought a one-way ticket and left my country for a new life adventure. Right now I’m a jobseeker living hand-to-mouth. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, I’m changing plans everyday and I’m throwing myself into any kind of free meeting, group, event, workshop or activity I find around here. Maybe I’ll change country in a few months, maybe I’ll find something here, I really don’t know. What I know is that I write for entertainment media, I’m a filmmaker, a storyteller, an activist and an iconoclast, I want to build a company for sustaining creative people, but also open a keto diet ice-cream shop, a cat cafe, and a pet therapy center using alpacas ’cause they’re gorgeous creatures and I think we can all agree on that…right? Libraries hate me since I always borrow 10 books at once; I’d like to try all the food from all the places in the world and get amazing shots because, whoops, I like photography too; actually, I think I’d like to write some music too, it would be cool cause I also play the flute; also languages come natural to me and here in Denmark I’m starting to learn my fourth one. Okay, what I meant with all this is that I wouldn’t mind some guidance in trying to understand how can I do all the things that I mentioned above, get a living with that, and if there’s any chance for me to be victorious in this constant struggle between me and what “real” life demands. Thanks.

  94. Domenico Iacobazzi says:

    Because I love everything, therefore I want to learn to be anything I want to be. I saw your ted’s video and I falled in love with multipotentialite concept, because this is me.

  95. william says:

    This book is for me. I feel that others have copy and pasted their blog into a book and I felt ripped off. With this book is full of inspiration and it feels like its speaking to me. Almost like it was purposely written for me. I am a multipotential person. I change interest and hobbies. This book has me believing that it is ok to be like this. Thank you.

  96. Jack Syron says:

    Hey, awesome contest! Well I have been fascinated with your book ever since the store I work at, Barbra’s Bookstore in O’Hare, started selling it. Every month or so I have glanced at your chapters and want to give it a solid read (not while I’m on the clock). But none the less, I hope everyone wins because it’s that kind of a book, to help everyone!

  97. Tracey says:

    Can I be this or can I be that?
    Can I do this or do I do that?
    Can I be everything?

  98. E says:

    Because I feel so stuck: job hunting I keep getting told I have too many interests/do to many different things, so I don’t get the job – I’m interested in so many things I get lost and I’d really like to figure out what to do with all the things I can do, to stop feeling as if it’s a bad thing – and I think your book would help get me started on that

  99. Congratulations on the Nautilus Award!

    When I first read Barbara Scher’s books, I felt like they were the first time someone acknowledge and validated how I feel and live in the world. But I also felt like they didn’t quite get *me* — I wanted something a little more intersectional and queer.

    I remember seeing your TEDxTalk when I first moved to Oregon — I was floundering. My online business suffered from the move and the time I took off, but I wasn’t finding a lot of work locally. I realized in order to succeed in Portland, I needed to make some big changes — without sacrificing myself.

    In truth, I’d love to just run out to Broadway Books and buy a copy for myself. But I just can’t right now, and so as I’m working full time as a paralegal and finishing my paralegal schooling and teaching myself watercolor painting and trying to grow a small garden and walking my dog and practicing fountain pen calligraphy and building lego with my kiddo and trying to decide about witch school, I would love a little support with all the swirling-twirling mass around me.

  100. Tracey says:

    Can I be this or can I be that?
    Do I do this or do I do that?
    Can I be everything? Please let me read your book to find out.

  101. Korre Woods says:

    Hi Emilie!

    Congratulations on the award! The book looks great. How to Be Everything is a book I really need to read, especially right now. I’m 24, I just finished my Bachelor’s degree online in Interdisciplinary Studies, and I am finishing up my first Master’s class in Higher Education. I’m married and I’ve worked at like 10 different full-time jobs as I pursued my bachelor’s after high school. I thought I’d figured out what I want to do (be an academic advisor and move into management so I can help first-generation college students go to college and succeed), but while higher education interests me and I am working as an academic advisor for online students now, I keep feeling more and more like I am neglecting so many other talents and things I want to learn. I sang in an A’Capella doo wop group in high school, and my dream is to be a part of one again, as singing with them in high school was one of the best experiences of my life. I also played stand up bass and bass guitar, and I would like to play again. Aside from music, I love reading suspense and romantic suspense novels, and I have a passion for writing books of this type, and maybe some others. I’ve been praised on my writing since middle school and all through high school and college, so I feel like I certainly have a chance at being successful. Aside from music and writing, I have a passion for education, as I mentioned above. I am passionate about helping students succeed through college through advising and counseling, but I also have a burning passion for teaching. I went through college studying history to become a history teacher, wanting to change history education as we know it to make it more interesting and interactive, and close to the end, I decided I had to make a choice: become a teacher and better thebworld of K-12 education or become an academic advisor and better the world of higher education. I chose higher ed and changed my major to interdisciplinary studies so I could take life coaching and psychology classes. The problem is, I love my field, but every week I long to teach and to study history again. I don’t know what to do; I feel like a wreck. I have so many passions and not enough time to pursue them all. How I want to sing a’capella again, play bass again, study history again, teach history, advise college students, find new ways to help first-generation college students succeed in college and find their callings, I want to have time to read suspense novels, write suspense novels, I want time to study the Bible, and oh, I want to travel too. It feels impossible to do all these things, but at the same time, I feel like pieces of my are missing with every day that goes by where I don’t pursue one of these things. So as you can see, I really need to read your book!

    Sincerely,
    Korre Woods

  102. Hay Zenger says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?
    Well, I’m happy with who I am and what I’ve accomplished in my life, but have always felt that domestic about me, within me, is lacking. My husband calls me his Chameleon of careers and creativity. I like that, but feel I could better understanding myself and my abilities if I had some direction from a fellow Chameleon to help me grounded in who I am.

    Here’s to the future of a more resilient me!
    -hays

  103. Mbali says:

    I’ve been following you for years! Thanks for the encouraging content. I’ve finally started my freelancing journey this month and I’m trying to do exactly that, “be everything”. I want to keep my multiple interests stimulated and still make it through the everyday realities like bills, time and project management. Your book would be an ideal companion during this time. Best wishes and thanks again for your work :):)

  104. Zahra says:

    Hi Emilie,

    Actually I spent all my life until now 39 years old to look for something that I can love to do for the rest of my life but I changed many different courses. I am food engineer, I have done music with some concerts, I knit, I cook, I speak 3 languages, I sing, I am now a student of pharmacy finishing my studies soon, I like history, I like politics, etc.
    I still don’t know what can make me happy and I think that I don’t like pharmacy neither. Now I look for an internship in a pharmaceutical industry and I haven’t manage to convince the industries that I am motivated for the position. I can’t really express myself to prouve that I am good at something!!!!!!!

    Since I saw your video in TED talks it was like I found out something important about myself and I started to know myself like a new person. But I’m still worried about what am I going to do because soon I will be 40 and all my friends of my age are in a stable real work life but me.

    So I think I really need advice for how to live my life without being guilty!

    Thanks for your offer

  105. Marcos Torres says:

    I wish I could win this book because could really help me get on my tracks. I always tought that I was someone that “know a little about everything and nothing too much”, but as I saw you on TED lecture, I really could see that I’m a multipotencial. Now I want to know more. I need to be in peace with me and my (not quiet at all) head. I need to find my real track to get out of my job and be an entrepreneur and help small businesses in Digital Marketing here in Brazil, as my heart and my dreams want me to.

    Maybe I win, maybe not, but I really want to thank you for making me believe myself again.

    (sorry my poor english)

    Marcos

  106. Alex Horsley says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?
    I watched your TED talk a while ago and realised how much of a multipotentialite I am. Only problem is a lack of where to direct this. I’m in love with so much stuff – history, art, geography, movies, muisc, general knowledge. With my anxiety and depression it would be great to learn some tools on how to turn all this into something viable. A future. I want to teach others that it’s OK to love a lot of things, to not have to choose one path but include everything.

  107. Sky says:

    After first hearing your ted talk, “Embrace your inner wiring” has become a mantra to me. As a graduate student in Earth and Ocean Science, who has a passion for languages, visual arts, watersports and interior design- I struggle with what I want to “be” when I grow up. Your book is exactly what I need in life right now, as I am a little bit afraid to deviate from a traditional STEM path. Congratulations on the award and thank you for giving us all a peace of mind as you follow your path!

  108. Matheus Bueno says:

    I’m 18 years old and It’s being a chaotic time in my life. Since last year (my last in high school), I’ve considered more than six carrers, and gave up next in a couple of weeks, because I found another that caught my interest. Nowdays, I still don’t kwnow what I want to be, sometimes I fell like I want to be everything, and other times, like I want to be a specialist at something.
    I’m really lost in my carrer choose and that’s why I really think that this book could be perfect for me =)

  109. Sabelle says:

    As a sophomore in College, I’m lucky to be spending my time exploring my interests. Somewhere along the way, I realized that my passions were widely varied (from math to graphic design to writing to music), which led me to your website and even writing an essay exploring the topic. I’m currently gathering the courage to strike out and find my own career path, and your book can help me do so.

    Also, congratulations on winning the Nautilus Book Award!

  110. Eyüp says:

    I was always searching for a word that expresses what I am. After your ted talk I was energized and thought I can reach anything. But currently I feel kinda lost again and think your book would motivate me to stand for my dreams and reach my goals.
    Thanks :)

  111. Bonnie says:

    Hi, Emily. First of all, bravo for the Nautilus Book Award! Your success is opening doors in every possible direction, and making the “weird” seem “wonderful” for a whole new generation of world citizens.

    I’d like to nominate my students to receive a copy of the book. I’m currently in Dubai, and am developing a program to encourage heart-centered, cooperative learning. One of the elements at the core of our program is the celebration of diversity, both among and WITHIN individuals. As a multipotentialite who has found the journey to be rather difficult at times, my first priority working with my students and facilitators is to make sure the multipotentialite within each of us is fully nourished and encouraged to blossom.

    This book is on a very short list of books I’ll require my team to read, encourage my students to read, and leave prominently on the tables near the easy chairs in the common area.

    Thank you for doing what you do, and for doing “you”! :-)

    Bonnie

  112. joao says:

    This is the right book for me now because i know i’m am, but i don’t know how.

  113. Greetings from the Philippines! And congratulations on your Nautilus Book Award, Emilie! <3 I'm very, very happy for you.

    I have considered myself a "Multipotentialite Advocate" from the moment I've watched your TED talk. I've lost count of how many times I've shared it with friends whether online or in person. I am in a perpetual existential crisis and receiving your weekly e-mails give me comfort that everything will work out; that our multipotentiality is a gift and should not always be a cause for anxieties.

    I volunteer for a non-profit travelling library here called "The Book Stop Project" wherein people can stay and read for free, as well as take home books in exchange of their old (or new) ones. It's like a bigger version of the 'Little Free Library' and it would be really awesome if I can receive a copy of your book so I can share it to them as well.

    I love this community and I believe that everyone here is deserving to win, so best of luck to everyone! And thank you Emilie for this opportunity!

  114. Eugene Ford says:

    Although I’ve read many books that are about squeezing the most out of everyday, I’m still left scratching my head about how I can beeeee the most I can be whilst factoring in the mandatory seven hours sleep, downtime with friends, and an occasional cheezy movie and wine with a close pal. These are the beautiful moments that make life worth living!

    I would love a copy of ‘How To Be Everything’, as I know it’ll have priceless advice on treading the fine line between ‘living the life of your dreams’ and ‘not losing your sense of joy’ :)

    Cheers,

    Eugene

  115. Elizabeth says:

    Hi
    I’m currently an undergraduate student about to be graduating with no sense of what I want to be doing. It has been causing me a lot of stress and anxiety to be moving on to a whole different stage of life with absolutely no idea what I want to do. I started my college career vaguely thinking I wanted to do Biomedical Engineering, then went into Art Design and then switched to Mathematics. I then gained a theatre minor and have started doing more things for theatre than for mathematics and am having the most confusing moment of my life when trying to figure out what I want to be doing.

  116. Sean says:

    Hello Emilie,

    Congratulations on the award! What wonderful recognition to receive.

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that I need in my life right now?

    Last year I finished my studies to become an actor, and since I’ve finished, I’ve been learning how to swim in the world of real humans. I’ve done a little bit of acting and a lot more “real jobs”. I’ve been fortunate to have people who believe in me and family who has been supportive emotionally and financially. Meanwhile, I am doing what almost every recent graduate does and am working whatever job I can find to make ends meet. But the hardest part is the advice/support that I receive: “You’re good at so many things. Now all you have to do is choose.” And hearing that phrase makes me feel like all my dreaming is for nothing.

    I’m interested in the arts: acting, filmmaking, writing, to name a few, but I also dream of having my own business, volunteering or running an organization of volunteers to help refugees (I live in Paris and the necessity is huge). Between all of my interests I end up feeling like I can’t make progress anywhere, and I keep whirling around to the terrible idea that I need to make a choice.

    Ever since I saw your TED talk, I have followed your blog and wanted to become part of the puttytribe, but I don’t yet have the resources to make the commitment and feel secure about it. I hope that this book will give me some insights into how to start using what I’m good at to serve me rather than to be a weight on my shoulders. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and congratulations again on your book!

    Best,
    Sean

  117. Emilie says:

    Congratulations dear homonym;)
    You’re book would exactly come at a perfect time for me. Right now, I’m trying to switch from a life shared between a passion job from which I can’t live and an administrive “pay-the-bills” job that I can’t stand anymore. But I keep being blocked by the too many ideas I have and all the things I would like to do. The result is that I still couldn’t really start. I’m sure your experience could help me building a sustainable and fulfilling multi pod life!
    Thank you for everything you share with us!
    Emilie

  118. Nina Wennberg says:

    Hi Emilie!

    Congrats to the price!

    At the age of fifty I still cannot decide on one singel thing to do in my working life. I want try so many more things! At this point in life I will make yet another change in my occupation, and I would really like to read your book for boost and inspiration. You are such an inspiration to all of us no-end-of-curiosity humans!

  119. Anthony b says:

    Hi Emilie,
    After watching your TED Talk made me think that’s me….I’m still struggling to under stand myself more and that talk struck a chord in me. The problem was i was thinking like everyone else and not like a multipotentilite.
    This had made me think differently about myself but still got a long way to go and that’s why i’m entering this competition for me to better understand myself as a multipotentilite.

    Fingers crossed and good luck everyone

  120. Ayla Goktan says:

    This book would be perfect for me right now because I just graduated college in June with a Bachelor of Music in flute performance, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and minors in Spanish and creative writing. I’m doing psychiatry research right now but plan to move across the country in August and get a more clinical job, as a “family specialist” for at-risk adolescents. At the same time, I applied to poetry MFA programs, got into one, and deferred, so I’ll attend in fall 2019. I still play flute on the side and don’t know what my life is going to look like. Therapist? Poet and writing professor? Flutist and flute teacher? All three? I would love to read this book to help me prepare for the exciting – and challenging – road ahead. Thank you, Emilie, for writing this book and creating this community! Since finding this site, I’ve felt less alone. :)

  121. Tanya Henderson says:

    Emily,

    You have dramatically changed my life because I have changed my attitude toward my job. It is now my good enough job and I joined Toastmasters for my creative outlet. My future is looking so bright now, I can’t thank you enough. I feel normal and part of the world now. I don’t feel like a kid looking in anymore. I have something to offer and you are my inspiration to make it all happen.

    Thank you,

    Tanya M Henderson

  122. Erin says:

    I feel like I constantly have ideas running through my head of things I want to pursue – both potential income generating ideas and hobbies. I want to find a side-hustle that I could eventually turn into full-time income, but I have so many interests, I don’t know how to narrow it down. Or maybe find a way to combine several interests.

  123. Lori Fulk says:

    I left a really fun career in neuroscience 10 years ago to stay at home with my children. I thought I did not have the bravery to start my own business, but I really knew I needed to work for myself. I have so many passions. I hired a business coach last year, and have successfully gotten my tiny business off the ground. But THEN I FOUND THIS BOOK!!! (After the TED Talk, which changed my life, or at least my opinions of myself.) And now I can so easily explain why I was an RN, a Neuroscience Researcher, who turned into a Party Planner of all things! And I freelance for some large papers, and in the future, I think I want to be a Hospital Ethicist. And I cater sometimes. Emilie’s work put my entire life into focus…FINALLY. I have the confidence to state, “I am this today, and I’m good at it. I love it. I’ll do it as long as it works, and when it does not, I can confidently change things to meet my needs.”

  124. Derek says:

    …I am a cheetah, in a snail shell. I want to run everywhere, but get nowhere.
    Free me with a freebie.

  125. Gary says:

    Your TED talk was a lightbulb for me. I flit, I’ve always flitted, everyone knows I flit. Now I love being a multipotentialite. It’s so great answering the question ‘what do you do?’ Now I understand, the answer is so much more exciting.

    Alas though there are still questions and frustrations in my multipotentialite world. How do I make a success of this? I would love to answer the remaining questions and learn How to Be Everything.

  126. Suzanne Anthony says:

    Having read a lot of books that have helped me so far, I still have not learned enough about multipotentiality, so I would appreciate to receiver your book to get the opportunity to learn more about myself.

  127. Khat says:

    Heyo! Thanks for helping me keep my sanity a little and not feel alienated. As recently as yesterday a buddy stated ‘you can’t sit still, can you?’ NO! Well, unless I’m on a beach drinking a drink with an umbrella in it and reading your book. The journey has started and I’m confident I’m on the right path. But how do you know which choices to make? Or more importantly, which sacrifices to make? Thanks for all the words and for making me feel like I belong to a super special club of fantastically brilliant people. Cheers, K

  128. Alison says:

    Hi. I’m 48. I watched your TED talk last week. I’ve been working at daring to be the real me in the world. I have a ‘good enough’ (although not quite financially good enough) part time job, and lots of hobbies/interests/intentions/ potential Etsy business ideas/ future plans , etc etc. I’ve started to feel less childish since finding your resources – and Imi Lo – but it’s scary to bring any of my creative ideas actually into the world where people will see them!! I fear a great reality check, where I discover I’m not talented, just deluded, and laughable. Succeeding would also bring challenges: how to succeed with dignity and leave my private comfort zone where no-one knows me but me.
    I’m going to start by revelling in doing a bit of everything everyday (instead of feeling slightly ashamed and like I’m ‘playing’) and see what happens. Your book will be heading to my bookshelf one way or another. ?
    And congratulations on the award. ??x

  129. Stefania says:

    Because I never know how to explain to people what is my background, whatI am working on at the moment, why I am working on something completely different from what I studied, where I am heading to. I really need to learn How to Be Everything.

  130. KT says:

    I work in a tech start up. Several of my bosses are younger than me and I people my age all are more senior, have better, titles, etc. This is because I have never taken what others to see as a traditional path — but I see my path as making a whole lot of sense and giving me the diverse experiences that make me valuable — and successful. I struggle communicating the value of my multiple worlds, especially when I have never seen them as multiple at all — can get very frustrated when I see connections that others don’t see, or I see them before others do, explain them, get dismissed, and then later when folks are ready to see things differently they see the connections, but don’t remember at all that I had pointed them out long ago.

    I can’t wait to read the book either way.

  131. Yanzhu says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?

    Hi, I’m 16 and I’m going through a phase in my life where I have to decide what I want to do as a career. I thought I was a lost case because I didn’t like anything enough to dedicate my life to it, but at the same time I had way too many interests. And then I found your Ted Talk and I related to every single word you said. I would really love to work in different fields throughout my life, but right now I don’t quite see the way to do it. I think your book would help me so much to give a sense to my life right now because I’m just lost in all of this.

  132. Linda Howe says:

    Emilie, What a fantastic offer right in time for my birthday, 68TH, this week! I would love to have this book now because I’m at yet another threshold, actually I seem to only recall threshold after threshold, etc.
    I started out as an animal artist who wanted to be the best equine artist IN THE WORLD! Then Equestrian, and own my own pleasure horse, and work and play on a horse ranch out west and bring others through nature and make art and enjoy nature on horseback! But I went to college and the art teachers didn’t paint or value animals they made abstract art, but for a lot of reasons and many “detours” I became a draw- everything artist and illustrator an and muralist and then writer and poet and the professional storyteller ( 40 years) then poet and writer who does process art with the audience and an art substitute teacher and museum educator workshop etc.
    However, I’m not sure what to do for income, I’m not married, the kids are adult, I’m starting over and how to get that mindset and not get tangled in the clutter that is in this tiny, mold toxin apartment! How can I toss anything when I might need it for everything and then some? I know i need to expand and i need encouragement and to not judge or blame myself for being like an octopus with at least 8 legs, each one doing something and singing in choirs. I’m feeling like I want to connect with others who want to be everything and stop being so hard on myself for how I became everything I’ve been blocked up,
    discouraged, tired and burned out, and spring has finally arrived and I want to break out of this shell I need more humor about being everything too. Thank you for inviting me into the tribe of everything, My dearest friend said,
    ” Linda, no worries, you have Leonardo -itis !!”I will send you my favorite cartoon, “Best of everything”( has a new meaning )

    Linda Howe

  133. S. K. says:

    Dear Emily and fellow multipotentialites,

    I was feverishly excited when I first found out about this book. I thought to myself – someone gets me and there must be more people like me. In my “To Do” list which is long (probably a familiar aspect many of you have noticed in your own lists), I wrote, “Contact Emily Wapnick.” Until today, the little square next to that line remains unchecked.

    I am a proud multipotentialite, and as I write this, I have several projects pending for this week, including applying to a show at a gallery, finishing and editing at least one of the personal essays I have written, starting a new painting, outlining an installation project brewing in my head. At the present moment, I am psychotherapist by profession. I am also an emerging artist and writer.

    I have been telling my multipotentialite clients about the term “multipotentialites” and the book where it came from. I don’t know how many times I have walked into a Barnes and Nobles seeking this book only to be told that it’s sold out. I think this is a useful resource both for myself, and my clients.

    It was a pleasure reading the other responses, which I could relate to. I am happy to be a part of this community.

  134. Toyosi says:

    I discovered the word “multipotentialite” from Emilie for the first time and my life began to have more meaning since then. I have since embraced learning as one of my greatest strengths, but I still need to figure out how to manage all my interests. I would love to read this book with the hope that it would be a light to my path.

  135. Laura says:

    I think this book is something that will finally help me. I’m in the first year of University, but I’m not really enjoying it. It’s been a hard decision for me and I don’t think I’ve made the right choice. I’m considering a different school abroad and this time I want to study something I will enjoy. But there are so many things I’m interested in. Starting with science, literature, game design, theatre and many more (even being a cosmonaut). I can do most of these things in my free time but I don’t think I can study them all at the same time. So I’m hoping this book will help me with this decision and that it will show me how to do as many things that interest me as possible. Now I’m off to practice embroidery. Have a nice day :)

  136. Congratulations Emilie! That’s fantastic!

  137. Donn King says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I’ve been following your work for awhile, and it feels like I’ve found my community among those who resonate with your ideas. At this moment, I’m considering converting my long-running web site into more of a “personal brand,” because the “focus on a specialty” approach everyone recommends is not working for me. Indulging all my interests may still not “work” in terms of making a living at it, but at least it will be true to myself.

    Years ago, I majored in journalism because it was as close as I could get to not declaring a major. I am interested in all forms of human experience, and I figured a journalist had an excuse for poking his nose into all of it. I just need to actualize that, and I think your book would help that. Thank you!

  138. Jessica says:

    I have been a: woodworker, doctor, librarian, photo lab tech, Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, consultant, technical advisor, construction team leader, flutist… and I’m in my early 30s. While I love doing lots of things, it doesn’t always look great on my CV… which means the more I do, the paradoxically harder it is for me to find a job! I’d love to read your book to a) learn about others like myself and b) get some insight into how to handle convincing others that yes, I really can do all of those things (and well!)

    Thanks Emilie, for working to build this amazing community!!

  139. AiLin says:

    Such good work you’re doing Emilie and such an inspiration. I’ve been reading your emails for a few years, and I feel like I’m just (still) at the stage of accepting myself, finding a way to keep the balance of being myself and ‘fitting in’ into expectations. Can I have a copy of your book? So that I can share and spread your love and your inspiration…

  140. Gus says:

    I live in a beautiful rainbow region – Northern Rivers Australia. I work in a job that finances my dreams. I have so many of them. Which way do I head. I have just accomplished one dream of buying some land with my chosen family – how do I harness all of my skills and get a clear/er direction for the future. Send me your book please . Gus

  141. M_ says:

    Hi Emilie!
    I just discovered you, this community and your book, and is gorgeous to be here!
    To convince you I could write almost everything was already written before. The truth is I simply cannot wait to read it!
    So, I’ll just try to sum up my story:
    I’m on a “vacation” after some hardships and a tough discouragement and exactly on the 30th April – ( 1st of May ) I’ll land back to my hometown, after years and years not living there, to re-start a new life/career/what else, again. Is not the first life, is not gonna be the last one. Just, I was pretty miserable the last years abroad, even doing well occasionally, but I will definitely need the strength to start dreaming again. Somehow, life stole me my ambitions, I was pretty weak and I failed. But I’m still here, aware and ready for the challenges to come (even if scared as f*ck). That’s why, is so amazing to be here. Feeling alone kills all the beauty you own, from the inside, but now I know which kind of war I went trough, and I’m ready for the sunshine. And after those few days, I’ll get back well tanned and
    Ready to be everything!
    :)
    *Moreover I’m possibly broken right now, that’s why I would love to spare some money… Kidding. Actually I love signatures, and this idea of nearness and intimacy that always makes a present way more precious.

    Thanks for your idea.
    Thanks for being inspiring.
    *Read you soon with pleasure.

    Wholeheartedly,
    Manuela

  142. Kevin Burke says:

    Simply put, I Do everything and do not know how to control the everything..

  143. Suchot says:

    I’d love a copy of your book simply because I’m so excited to be part of this wonderful community you have gathered. I think you’ve really created something special. You articulate some of the insecurities I have felt as a multipotentialite living in this time that seems to favour specialists. I’m sure this is the case with many, many others that come to your site. I used to question why I didn’t always want to finish things, why I would get bored of something once I figured it out, why I have had so many seemingly disparate careers. I’ve grown so much more comfortable in my own self as the years go on, but part of it is finding Puttylike, and reading your thoughtful posts on these topics. Anyways, that is why I would like a copy of your book. I like what you have to say. :)

  144. Jenelle C. says:

    Congratulations! You are an inspirational person who I’ve felt akin to even though you do not know me. Finding out I’m a mutlipotentialite has been an eye opener and helped me to find peace with who I am in a way that I couldn’t before. I never fit the mold, but I felt like I had plenty of talent and desired to give love and hope to others. Knowing that I am not alone in my oddities helps me to keep trying. I’d love to receive your book – should I be so lucky. If not, I already feel lucky because I found out a little more about myself and my potential to do many great things throughout my life thanks to you!

  145. Liyana says:

    Firstly, congratulations on the win! You and this book deserve it.

    Secondly, your TED talk led me to How To Be Everything which I first borrowed from my local public library. I found myself errr dog-earring too much because of the many fantastic insights in the book.

    I’m at a crossroads in my life right now. I am resigning from my job of 3 years without another job lined up. In these days, that seems financially irresponsible and reckless. But I realize I needed to do this because I am no longer doing the myriad of things I used to do outside of work.

    It’s Wake Up-Work-Go Home-Dinner & TV-Sleep and then repeat. I used to be sooo up for an after-work activity either meeting up with the groups I was volunteering with or meetings for a side event. But now, I scurry back home.

    So, with a deep breath and with the inspiration from HTBE, I’ve decided to take a leap. To take a break and indulge in my other interests for now. Get a part-time job so I won’t be completely broke.

    I know HTBE would be the float I need for the next few months while I figure out my life. Everything you wrote in HTBE has made me feel less crappy about my generalist nature and less guilty about having many interests. I am determined in figuring out how to blend my interests to create this awesome, unique ME that I can be proud of.

    Also, I love paperbacks :)

    Peace!

  146. Haya Abdel-Jabbar says:

    Hi Emilie! My name is Haya and I am a First-Year student at Rutgers University. I’ve always had conflicting interests that have made me feel unfocused. My parents have always been stringent when it came to my future career. They both currently work minimum-wage (blue and white-collar work) and want me to be incredibly successful. I have always been an independent person and made sure that my interests came first. That’s why for most of my high school career, I focused on going into medicine. Whether that was being a cardiothoracic surgeon, pediatrician, pathologist, biomedical engineer, or public health specialist, I was fervent on using my creativity for good. Even though I was a very good writer and had been since I was 8 years old (when I came to the U.S.), my mom convinced me to brush it aside and do it as a “side job.” Later in my senior year, I completed a medical program that exposed me to the beauty of medicine. Through the program, I was able to hold 7 hearts and put my fingers in the arteries and ventricles (so much fun!), attend a pathology class that paralleled the curriculum taught to 2nd year medical students, and shadow a cardiothoracic surgeon in a coronary artery bypass surgery (I got to see the heart up close!).
    When I came to Rutgers, I realized I wanted to pursue some of my other interests, including public speaking, speechwriting, reading law cases (SC), and learning world history. After watching your TED talk and reading more from your email newsletters, I’ve learned to accept who I am and my complexities. I no longer put myself in a box and disregard advice given to me by counselors and advisors that aims to put me there. I lead my own life and create my own possibilities.
    So far in my high school and college careers, I have met the honorable Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton, given a commencement speech at my high school, been a Quest Bridge Finalist, and received a letter back from President Obama on the topic of minority representation. Through amazing opportunities (that I’m incredibly grateful for), I have been able to pursue many of the interests that I thought were not worth my time in high school. I still love physics and learning about the cardiovascular system. Nothing has changed there. But now I’m looking at my life experiences holistically. Right now, I’m focusing on competing in Speech & Debate on a collegiate level, working to create a program that empowers young Muslim girls in NJ, and achieving my full potential. I am currently planning on majoring in Political Science (possibly adding Middle Eastern Studies, History, or Journalism & Media studies) and minoring in International & Global Studies (possibly adding Women’s & Gender Studies and Middle Eastern Studies).
    I would love to get the opportunity to receive your book for free. It would definitely help me along my path to discovering more about myself and my interests. I truly think it will also provide me with a lot of comfort in times of indecision and anxiety over my future. Thank you so much for reading this and congrats!

  147. Haya Abdel-Jabbar says:

    The person in the picture is not me btw (founder of a nonprofit I worked with)! ^^^^^^

  148. Kara says:

    Years ago during my senior year of college I was in a class where we were going around the circle and naming our “passions.” I remember bursting into tears because I’d never felt like I had a passion. I’ve always been “good” at a lot of different things, but never felt “great” at any one thing. Fast forward almost 20 years, and I’m still struggling with feeling like something’s wrong with me for not having or knowing my “purpose in life.” I’ve had your TED talk saved for a few months, holding onto it until I had a peaceful moment to invest in watching it. That moment finally came two days ago. I almost burst into tears again because I finally feel like I found my PEOPLE! I would love to have this book because want to learn all I can about how to make the most of my multipotentiality! Thanks for doing this giveaway, and thanks for sharing your experiences and expertise!

  149. Faye says:

    Congratulations on the award! :)

    I’ve been following this blog since I was in high school and it really helped me during the time when I was deciding who I wanted to be in life. I’m from the Philippines and as an Asian society, we are very conservative. While we are more Western than other countries because of our colonial past, it’s still embedded in our society that in order to succeed, one must follow a certain path in life – graduate, get a job, get married, start a family, etc; It’s what society expects from you and what my friends and family expect from me too (or so I thought, my mom turned out to be more liberal than I thought but that’s another story!).

    Before I discovered this site, I’ve been so confused with what I wanted to do in my life. I’m a writer, musician, and an artist with a passion for travel and foreign languages. I knew that I didn’t want to be bound to one single career for the rest of my life but because of my environment, I felt that it was “wrong” for me to deviate from my peers. A lot of my friends in high school were good at a particular something and I felt like I didn’t belong and was pretty jealous of them because it seemed like they all had their lives planned out ahead of them while I had no idea where I wanted to go.

    I was a senior when I came upon Puttylike and for the first time, I finally found a definition for who I am – a multipotentialite. Growing up, I was always quick to catch up on my lessons and mostly all of the skills that I tried to explore but I never found something that I could become a “master” on. It was a relief to know that I wasn’t alone and that there are people out there who like a lot of things like me and lived life differently from what most of society expects from them.

    Because of Puttylike, I was finally able to accept myself and my quirks. I’m still finding my way in life. Around four years after I discovered this site, I am now graduating from uni. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen your book in the bookstores here and while I’d love to buy it online, I can’t really afford to have it shipped.

    I don’t really care if I win or not, I just feel like this is a great opportunity to express my gratitude because you may not know it, but a little girl’s life from the other side of the world changed because of what you do.

    Thanks and more power to this awesome community!

  150. Madeline says:

    First, congrats! This is so incredibly special and you should be unbelievably proud of yourself! Yay!

    As for, why I could use this book right now: I was let go of my 5th job in February in a span of 4 years. Now, I know that sounds terrible but they ranged from reasons being downsizing, being asked to relocate within a short amount of time and declining, “stirring the pot” for thinking outside of the box, being too good at my job and making my superiors nervous etc, etc. I’ve worked in sales, customer experience, healthcare, finance, retail, marketing, branding…the list goes on. BUT, nothing I’ve ever done has been fulfilling. There have been many things within each of these roles that I’ve loved but there’s always been something missing.

    After being let go of in February, I decided I needed to take a step back and really look at what makes me tick and finally try to figure out which “path” I should take. I’ve always been the type to be talented in many different areas which made my journey to find a role that fits me so incredibly difficult. I found your TED talk and it changed my life. I realized I’m not the only person out there like this and that I’m not broken; I’m special. I’ve referenced the word “multipotentialite” to describe myself to friends, family and even in interviews. It’s the first thing I’ve been able to identify with and allow others to understand me better.

    I’ve put in an enormous amount of work to better myself emotionally, spiritually and professionally during my break from employment and yet I’m still struggling to find the next step. I’ve come up with 6001 ways to shake things up but am always afraid to take the leap thinking I’ll have yet another failure awaiting behind whatever door I choose. I’m finally at a point in my life where I want to be able to embrace ALL of my awesome, not just some of it. I just need some help connecting the dots and would love your book to help me try to figure this out. I know my next step doesn’t have to be perfect but having an extra boost and gain advice from someone who’s not writing self-help books from the perspective of a non-multipotentialite would be invaluable to me. :)

  151. J. Simon says:

    Boy do I need your book! I am in a bit of tailspin– feeling like there is so much I want to do and feeling like I don’t the time and bandwidth to get it all done. Also feeling like I need to put all my energy to my Corporate job– having a problem getting motivated to chase the dreams I have.

  152. Stephie Reimer says:

    Because I want to be everything. I want to be a scientist (neuroscience, AI safety research), a photographer, an illustrator, a storyteller, explorer, traveler, researcher, writer, educator, activist, developer, creator, painter…
    And I could use some guidance on how to try to dive into at least some of the areas without going insane. I have been doing a lot lately, but I am going a bit crazy at the moment :P

  153. K says:

    I would love to get a copy of this book, because I’m struggling with which career or careers will help me escape my toxic living situation. I have so many things to choose from, I’m stuck! Thank you for the consideration and for all your work!

  154. Tim Grover says:

    Congrats on your award! I’m 60, had a lot of crazy jobs and done many different things to feed my various interests. Right now in midst of remodeling my basement music room. Hooking up my old turntable, reel to reel, an a mixer from my DJ days…just cuz I can! And slowly weeding thru a 45 yr music collection, hoping to find some gems to sell.
    Wanting to edit my dozens of journals and have ideas for 3-4 books…love family history & geneology…avid amateur photographer…often reading several books at once. Want to get into life coaching ( I completed Valerie Young’s “Profiting from Your Passions” coaching training) but am sidetracked by a soul sucking sales job that doesn’t pay very well…a job it took me a year to get at age 55 after selling a biz we’d owned for 25 yrs. Now it seems like since turning 60 I’ve encountered health issues I never had to before (heart, sleep apnea) even though I feel fine! Other friends my age are dealing with much more serious health concerns. It’s making me realize I need to prioritize my interests in a meaningful way to create my legacy…and I believe your book can offer some powerful insights. Thanks for your consideration!

  155. Fernanda says:

    Hi Emilie. I need the book How to be everything in my life right now because I took too long to understand that I can be everything and I don’t know how.. I’m 40 and grew up with the idea that I could only be one thing. Since I was 17 I have been struggling to choose only one thing and I had to make a choice but suffering from leaving other options out. And since then I’ve never been satisfied. I took too long to understand that people are different and that society tries to standardize us and that we do not need to be just one thing, I need
    this freedom and I need to know how. :)

  156. Hanna Kusumawaty says:

    Hi, Emilie. I Watched you through TED Talk and that was the moment I realize I need to read your book and replay your video more often.

    I am 23 years old, now still studying in the wrong major. Why is it? Because I don’t think I am on my right track now. I like so many things but I can’t decide which is good for my career, and what kind of job I’ll be seeking in the upcoming months after I graduate. I want to learn myself, but I know I can never have one true calling like everyone else.

    Sometimes I feel left behind, when my friends are convinced to be something, I still have no idea what I want to be despite I have lots of interest, I just don’t know how to start.

    I saw your video talking about the “Multipotentialte” And how I have to be proud of being one of those people who doesn’t get the personal true calling, and from that video I am looking forward to read your book so then hopefully the book can guide me to reach my full potentials with all the talents I have and the doubts which still linger in me. I want to be the best person of myself even though I yet still have no idea what I am destined to be.

    Thank you, Emilie. I can bet your book will be a life-changing to a person like me and others who still have not find their true calling.

  157. Pilar says:

    Hi everybody! My name is Pilar. I am a spanish woman 44 years old. All my life I have been moving of job searching to feel better but I didn’t happen. I have searched all my life for my purpose, my vocation, my ikigai.. but it didn’t work. Too much interests, too much options. Sometimes I feel that time is over, but no, I don’t want to thing this. I would like to show others that doesn’t matter how old are you or if you don’t want to be an experts because of your multiple interests, you can achieve your own success, whatever it was. I don’t know how to do this. Maybe your book could help me with this! Congratulations , thank you for all Emily, and so sorry for my writting mistakes. My native language is spanish! Best!

  158. Leen says:

    I would love to read this book. I’m new to this site (and to the concept of being a multipotentialite), so I want to know everything about this. I’m 33 years old and always felt that it’s about time that I decided on what I want to do with my Life, except maybe now I need to reevaluate things and do things in a different way.

  159. Ely says:

    Congratulations on the win!!
    I would like to win your book because after listening to your TED I felt identified and validated. It was a 12 minutes talk that summarized and explained a feeling that I did not know how to identify before. I am sure I will find inspiration to follow and succed in my path as a multipod because as you well said: we are not alone!
    Thanks!!!

  160. Tirza says:

    Hi Emilie,

    Since i saw the TedTalk everything falls in place for me. And now i do understand why i am the way I am. I am now 42 years of age and i cried when i saw your item on Ted. I really am aware where my talents lie in, Bur i’m still struggling to find my way in giving it form, i am good in coaching, in art, music, i am a very creative out of the box thinker, and have been working since i was 17 on very various jobs. So i loads of experience, but with almost no degrees I m still a very uncertain person. So i really could need some help and I think your book is for me a good start. I would be most helpfull i think.

  161. Kaat says:

    Hey Emilie!

    First of all congratulations on the win!

    A couple of months ago I first saw your ted talk and it made so much sense to me, I was so happy, I sent a link of your video to like five of my friends. Since then I told myself I have to read your book, but I still haven’t gotten to buying it.

    Right now suddenly got a big interest in music, how it works and how to make it. I got an analog synth (which is super fun), but now I also want to buy a ukelele, and I also have drums to play. Its like I want to do so many things at once, that I overwhelm myself and not do any of it. So I’d love to learn how to plan/manage my hobbies and time.

    I think with HTBE I think I can finally learn how to do the things I like, without getting overwhelmed, sad or unmotivated. I’ve gone to so many menthors in primary and decondary school and I never felt like they were able to help me because none of knew that multipotentialites exist! Your TED talk and your website and your book is honestly something I’ve been waiting all my life for. (I’m only 21 so its not that long.) Because of your ted talk, I know I’m not the only one who wants to do everything and it’s not a bad thing either, and I think your book can help me even more.

    Actually, I should say thank you, Emilie! Multipotentialism opened my eyes and thats all because of how you create awareness and help for multipods. I’m happy to be one of them.

  162. Maxence says:

    Hey! Congrats!!

    I’d love to read your book, I saw your Ted talk..
    I’m trans and just had top surgery, I am now ready to take over the world and there’s so many things I want to do, is your book a good map for that?

    In any case all the very best of life to you!

  163. Karin says:

    I once read: “The purpose of life is living on purpose.”
    True and worthwhile to remiI once read: “The purpose of life is living on purpose.”
    True and worthwhile to remind yourself of regularly – to choose, commit, focus – for several reasons, isn’t it?
    Hearing Emily’s TED Talk brightened my life: the purpose of MY life can and should be living on a variety of purposes.
    In addition, what you focus on not only grows and expands, focussing on a variety of purposes offers an abundance of insights and opportunities for synergy and cross-fertilisation.
    I am very much looking forward to read “How to be everything” and learn more from Emily about how to make the most of living a multi-purpose life.

  164. Kseniya says:

    Hi, Emilie!

    I know how does it feel – to struggle while choosing the path. Poor people – we mostly think about it when we reach to some stable situation. We all have our homes and maybe loving ones, we don’t think about what to eat tonight and where to sleep. Happy? More than 4-7,5 mln people who die from hunger every year!

    In other words, it’s a CRIME to struggle, because we (at least!) have time to THINK that we may be unhappy. Actually, we are not.

    I love the way you write. I even have your paper book already (don’t ask how I’ve managed to get it from Russia, where I live, in 1 month after you’ve announced that it’s published. Your book had a long journey))). And I can say – I am very happy to be everything and to enjoy every day of life.

    I think that your book will benefit to my best friend who have lost her mother and became a mother herself right in the same month. You know, it’s such a situation that ruins your brain and life. When you feel Life and Death so badly that your heart and head can’t digest it.

    My friend is very passionate and artistic person. Well, she used to be.
    Suddenly she lost all her orientirs and doesn’t know where to start again.

    I am sure that your ideas will help a lot to such “lost” little girls. Your book can cure.

    Not because of giveaway but just because of friendship, if you ever wanted to receive some interesting book or postcard from Russia, let me know :)

    my best wishes!

  165. Isabel says:

    Hello Emilie,

    When I first heard your Ted talk I cried. I was driving in the car and wanted something to listen too, so I put on a Td talk – your Ted talk. And I cried. You had summed into words everything I had struggled with my entire life. I had always felt so alone because no one understood what was going on in my mind. But after hearing your words I not only discovered who I was, but I began to notice so many other people like me – people who I originally thought had it all figured out, and I introduced them to you too.

    So I guess what I’m saying is that while I would love the book to further inspire my life, I also know so many people who deserve it as a gift, who deserve to discover themselves and their futures the way you helped me discover mine.

  166. Olga says:

    Hi Emilie!!!

    Last week I discoved that I am multipotentialite!!! And all thanks to you and your TEDX speak! Your book is going to be my guide so to understand better who I am!!! I am 33 and I restart my life, again!!! Even If I don’t win your book I will propably order it because you gave me a breath of fresh air the last days!!! Sorry for my English…it’ s not my mother language!!!

    Kisses to all….

  167. Saga says:

    Like so many others here, I feel the pull towards a plethora of interests. I’ve often heard it said that you can be anything, but not everything. While the first part of that sentence is highly comforting, the second part causes anxiety; I can’t choose simply one passion and focus on that. I don’t want to close all the other doors; I want them all open, with the possibility of running from one room to another to pick up something that I think I could use in room no 3. This is why I had six minors in uni and why I fill my 24h/day with evening classes and writing groups because man oh man I want to do it all. And although I dare believe that I indeed can be everything, the how still evades me. Also it’d be nice to be able to convince others that my ambition isn’t as crazy as it might sound ;)

  168. simona santarcangelo says:

    I’ve recently discovered you and the “multipotential’s world”, and thanks to you i realized that there is nothing wrong with me and the fact that i haven’t figure out what i want to be ( at the age of 28!) . I like drawing, sketching, illustrate, create ecc… but there isn’t a specific thing that i want to transforme in the job of my life, for the rest of my life…i want to do different creative things in the same time and make it work… but how? Your book could be the answer!
    And thanks to your blog i found that there are a lot of people like you, like me in the world! I wish there was someone in Italy ( My country) like you, as a guide!
    Thanks for everything Emilie!

  169. wanat says:

    “- Emilie Wapnick ? Who is Emilie Wapnick ?
    – A multi-what ? Multipotentialite, what is that ?

    Hahaha ! This was my first meeting with you and now I can honestly say that my life has changed after understanding what happens when my friends walk 6 steps in a lane whereas I walk one step in 6 directions !
    You know what I mean ?

    I AM A MULTIPOD !

    I send you a flood of gratitude (did you feel it?) to thank you for telling the world the reality of thousands of people yet still so little known! Thank you for sharing this awareness and with so much joy and spontaneity!

    I REALLY WANT TO BE EVERYTHING, to be everything my cells, my brain, my body, my soul want to share with the rest of the world!

    It is a challenge for me to be able to get out of the stagnation that lasted years without being able to choose and to regain the confidence in me and simply to be able to say yes to my true nature! yes I can be a landscaper, an artist, share nonviolent communication, work with horses, sing, talk about feminism, nature, graphic design, make wall murals!

    yes, I want to be everything!

    I already start my path and I’m sure your book is just perfect for me today to structure my ideas and move forward!

    BYE BYE !

  170. Harry says:

    Honestly, I believe there are people who commented before, who deserve the book more than me.

    I want this book because I am in my early 20’s and do not really know what to do after college. I have side interests which I have not yet pursued. I feel the pressure to conform to the modern job stability approach by the people around me. There are times where I feel like a failure because I have not specialized in anything, but I know a little about various topics. I feel like I need a structure to navigate through these grounds and the book will provide just that. I am also hard of hearing. I observe different things than others because of it. I am interested if there are ideas or concepts which may apply to me. From there I can create something which benefits everyone and is fun for me. I appreciate the PuttyTribe and your efforts to help others through their multpotentialite journey Emilie!

    Harry

  171. Bebe says:

    I would love a copy of your book! I’m a sophomore undergraduate, and spent the last two years panicking over what to major in. I came in thinking biology, but ended up taking a geoscience class instead and fell in love with geology. Then I took a bio class and thought oh yes, this is the one for me. But then I took a politics class and quite enjoyed it. I also thought I’d minor in Spanish. Then I took another geo class and switched back to a geo major. But then I took a bio class and psych class and wanted to do all of those. Meanwhile, I play music and wanted to keep doing that for the rest of my life. So, by then 2nd half of my sophomore year, I had created an impossible desire for myself- a triple major and double minor, while graduating on time. Yikes. Panic set in as the deadline to decide came closer. I had to choose something and once I did, I couldn’t change it. So many what ifs were running through my mind. I don’t love bio as much as music, but my interests are all related to bio, so should I do that? What if I don’t want to go to grad school for bio? I want to be an entrepreneur, why am I even at school? Could I major in music? Would I get a job? Does that even matter?
    I somehow stumbled upon your ted talk and Barbara Sher’s books on scanners all in one day a week before i had to decide. Thank goodness I did, because I had a total epiphany. I decided to major in music and I have never, never, been as confident in a decision in my life. I still feel elated from deciding 3 weeks ago. This is like, a better time than choosing a dish at a restaurant and not regretting it. Your words have been so incredibly helpful in making me realize what was important and even though I am sure I won’t have a career in music and I am sure I have no idea what I want to do, I am not worried anymore. That said, I am always searching for advice, knowledge, and experience and I love nothing more than being able to relate to someone after 20 years of feeling like my life was a conglomerate of wasted interests. Thank you for your ted talk, for this blog, and everything you offer to multipotentialites.

  172. Christoph Sitaras says:

    Hey Emily!

    I could really need your book right now.
    The last two years I travelled, learned languages and got to know many kinds of lives and peoples.
    As I came back to Germany I worked in a private practice and started to help at the documenta 14. I loved both jobs but I wanted more. So I started studying international Law and failed. I couldn’t believe that the only way to get a degree was sitting in a library 24/7 and learn latin grammar and express yourself in a specialised way. I wanted to truly understand things and work them out with other people.
    So I dropped out and started a workshop to become a paramedic (medical emergency assistant). Now I’m nearly done and already want to learn and do more. And it’s really making me desperate not knowing what I’ll be doing after the summer. But for now I haven’t lost my hope, especially by getting to know that I’m not alone with my struggles.

    Kind regards

    Chris

  173. Cindy says:

    Your brilliant TED Talk raised many questions for me and has left me at a tipping point: Do I acknowledge and embrace that I’m a multipod, or fight that instinct and continue to follow the same (explainable, but sometimes painful) path I’ve been on? Receiving a copy of your book “How To Be Everything” might help me find the answer to that question.

  174. Catalin Hosemann says:

    Hi Emilie,
    I’m a student from Germany and currently writing my Abitur exams. I started watching TED talks some months ago as my boyfriend and I are both into establishing better lifestyles and learning about all the interesting and important things in life. I listened to your TED Talk and felt like pultipotentialism might be the concept I could describe myself with as I have always been interested in like a million different things xD Atm I’m thinking about either studying Vocal Performance and becoming an opera singer or studying chemistry or something with languages…. I also cannot decide whether I should do something like a backpacking tour, a farmstay, a stage at an interesting company, humanitarian aid projects….. after finishing schools.
    All of this makes it very hard for me to make decisions and I end up doing nothing at all most of the time.
    I hope that your book might help me discover some opportunities to deal with my interests. If I don’t get the book for free, I’ll have to by it I fear :)
    Greetings from Germany,
    Cata

  175. ATTN to Miss Emilie, the person who made many lost souls get to know who they are and start building greater things in life more than their careers.

    I would like to express my sincerest congratulations. I just wonder how great it would be for someone like you to notice me and bother to reply. :)

    Anyway, I am so happy to have found you in the Ted app which I casually watch when I don’t know what to with so many things I would want to finish. And there it is, I got into this page and I started imagining how I could be noticed.

    I am a simple Science teacher in Philippines who wanted to do so much in life, but is trying to push all the boundaries and possibilities to imaginable horizons, or perhaps the unimaginable. I guess, your book, should there really be a chance we from Philippines could qualify, that it would be a concrete motivation, easy to bring anywhere it would be needed, that would help me find the right direction as to which I could somehow build better on where I started. I write poems, read books, sing as solo and in choir, host on events, dance for leisure, do online courses simultaneously, work on innovations in my teachings, and a lot more, yet with all those I don’t feel the good satisfaction that someone should in every little success. I don’t feel order in my life. When I learned about your website, group and book, I started to love the idea of belongingness, the hopes you kindled on the hearts of the lost; those who dreamed but got lost in their own realities. The book seems to promise a taste of new perspective that would propel the hesitant people like us to pursue our interests.

    Pardon the long message, but I know I’d rather say these. :)

    Thank you for the help. I know everybody deserves getting your book. Maybe if I get one and make my life as great as possible with your guidance, I could in effect make my students’ lives better as well by sharing them the thought. At the end of the day, should I be helped by your book, I could help others too.

    As I believe it, improving my life is improving my students’ education as well.

    Thank you so much and I hope all the best for everyone here. :)

    (I fervently pray for this one great and unimaginable chance of being picked. I know luck has not been always in my favor, but may this be.)

    With respect and gratitude for you,

    Mc Divino

  176. Kate says:

    Congrats! I this this is the book for me, right at this exact moment, because I’m taking the steps to move, quite radically, from a ‘before’ life to a ‘now-slash-future’ life that is full of uncertainty but which is also full of potential and welcome mystery. I sat down with a coach this morning and talked about all of the things I want to do, imbued with meaning and purpose, and how I might get there. And while pursuing many facets at once may seem crazy to some, I think that my quest to be everything I wish to be makes perfect sense. So any wisdom would be welcome for my journey ahead!

  177. Suzanne O'Shea says:

    Hi Emilie,
    A friend sent me the link to your TedTalks. And it was like the skies had opened up and sunlight poured down on me!
    So many times and so many people have told me I was unreliable, flaky, and couldn’t commit to anything for more than a year. They didn’t want to hear my side, so I stopped talking to people.
    In 2000 I completed my Ph.D. in Metaphysics. It was a hard won event as I had to put myself under a microscope. Anyways.
    Your book looks both stimulating and self-affirming. Whether I receive one of your books that you are so graciously offering or I buy my own, I have no doubt that it will help me tremendously!
    Blessings to you Emilie for your kind words and awareness of all the potential of the “multi-potential-ites” in the world!
    You have definitely earned a seat in Heaven!
    Cheers! Suzanne

  178. Sandrine says:

    Hi Emilie,

    Well, I already have my signed copy from when you came to Montreal and we met in person. BUT, I would love for a friend of mine to have your book. I’m thinking of Natalie Rivière. She already does so many things, but I am sure that your book will help her find that overarching theme so she doesn’t end up feeling lost with so many projects in so many directions.

    Thanks,
    Sandrine.

  179. Michele says:

    So you ask, “Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?”

    As a Multipotentialite, I have been juggling being a scientist, writer, public speaker, athlete, musician, artist, and all of my other dream alter-egos! All of these career and lifestyle changes, personal transformations, travel and cultural exposures, self-learning and educational ventures, and fitness and wellness routines have left me with a growing list of things to do and not enough time to check the boxes. As someone who thrives on tackling challenges, I think this challenge requires a couple secret moves in my back pocket – which is why I need to read “How to be EVERYTHING”, like as of yesterday! Thank you for guiding us to self-actualization with your knowledge, Emilie!

    <3 Michele
    https://www.trueadvantage.org/

  180. Anna Vázquez says:

    Won’t be long, I have almost EVERYTHING to do! ;-) And now more than ever, since I have been quiet with a broken arm for 2 months, plenty of time to breath, think and consider where to start the action again. Reading your book would be a nice way to continue! :)
    And congratulations!!

  181. Jenn says:

    Because your tedtalk changed my. I had come home from a teaching conference and was feeling completely overwhelmed and beating myself up for constantly changing paths, switching goals, being bored and not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up. And I was already on my 30s. why couldn’t I commit? Somehow I was lying on the couch feeling down and lost and I stumbled upon your talk. It brought me to tears. All of the sudden there was a name for brains like mine and a reason to celebrate it. So many tears that evening. I wrote a blog post about the experience called “liberated by a label” http://jenniferhulley.com/blog/liberated
    Which I have to return to frequently when I am beating myself up for my “lack of a path.” A dark hole I fall down sometimes and recently was feeling badly about it and through some internet clicking saw you had published this book. A smile came across my face and I knew exactly what I needed had shown up at the right time. Thank you for all that you do for brains like ours!

  182. Dunebat says:

    In all honesty, I have no idea what to do with my life right now.

    I wanted to go into television production at the age of nine. Now, at the age of 36, I have worked for three local television production organizations and have almost twenty years of experience in the local TV industry…

    …and I want out.

    There’s no more ladder to climb where I’m working. I’ve already been blocked from moving sideways twice, passed over for promotions to other departments for candidates far less qualified. The pay is abysmal. (I’m living paycheck-to-paycheck in a small city infamous for its unfeasibly high cost of living, and I’m so deep in debt that climbing my way out anytime soon seems like a prospect only achievable via divine intervention.) I’ve seen the best and worst the industry has to offer, and I’m in no mood to see any more… and I’ve come to this point right near my anniversary working for my current company, at a time when my department is about to see a major transition with several other employees leaving soon.

    I can either transform myself and do something else, or stay and stagnate. I really need guidance right now.

  183. Tai says:

    I would be overjoyed to win a copy of HTBE!

    Ever since I found this site and your work Emilie, I found my people and felt less alone!

    Here are the different things I’ve been and am juggling :
    An online MBA program
    Teaching music
    Teaching yoga and meditation
    Planning and collaborating an EP release
    Singing in a choir
    Working in event production
    Working as a bike courier

    My current online course roster includes advanced meditation, accelerated learning, writing, copywriting, freelancing, web development and coding, singing, digital marketing, hypnotherapy, NLP, CBT, and qi gong.

    I feel this is one of the few places on the internet that this sort of variety is not only understood, but appreciated.

    I won’t even start on my reading list, but HTBE would gladly make it’s way in the rotation!

    Suffice it to say, I throw my many hats into the ring for consideration and wish the prospective winners all the best!

  184. Micah Flores says:

    Hi, Emilie! Since I prefer exaggerations over sincerity (that’s me trying to kid so no worries!) let me greet you congratumalations while I play Kool & the Gang’s “Celebrate!” in the background. It’s an award worth grooving into!

    Going back to our regular program, I’d like to answer your question because I have been really curious about how I can get a copy since I live in the Philippines. But, as to why I need to read How to Be Everything right now? It’s because I love challenges. I myself admit that I will always and forever be under-construction. I am always on the lookout for new skills, new learnings, and even new books to read. This year, I have read nine books on mental health, spirituality, race, behavioral science, flow, and ikigai (Japanese term for ” reason for being”) — and your book is atop my to-read book list. I noticed that I’ve been reading books on how I can contribute to my community, but I haven’t read much about improving myself first. I think I need to recalibrate myself especially when I’ve been spending my life following other people’s opinions than my own. In fact, I heard a boss told a colleague about me that even though I am multi-talented (her word not mine), it seems like I’m always looking for something more. I think your book will help me see that universe of “more” with clarity. Thanks for the opportunity to be heard. For now, I’ll be grooving in my room. Take care!

  185. Gib says:

    Dear Emilie,

    I am a new member of the Tribe here and I have already met wonderful people and had very interesting exchanges about very different topic.

    What I still need is a comprehensive guide to the multipotentialite way of living…so…your book is what I am looking for!
    In addition to that I love books, I love the feeling of the paper under my fingers and its smell and the fact I can write on it :)

    All the best

    Gib

  186. Gorkem G. says:

    Hey Emilie,

    I have been following you and stuff you do for couple months and quite frankly i am feeling that a brand new page opened for me by your knowledge and vision. To be honest, i have been thinking to get the book but as i live in Turkey, i couldn’t focus on a purchasement channel to get one. When i saw your mail that was the AHA moment ;) So, thank you for your generous offer and kindness and i hope my chance helps me to get your book this way.

    The word “Multipotentialite” help me a lot to dare to destruct and discover myself! Also helps me to introduce myself meaninglessly when people get twisted by knowing that i am a multi channel diver ;)

    Wish you the best and may god help you help others here in this world…

    With love…
    Görkem

  187. Katy Jaramillo says:

    Hello Emilie and all of you, beautiful people. I’ve read just some of the comments, and they are inspiring, sad, happy, crazy, multi faceted, in two words, beautifully human.
    This blog is my go-to place, when I feel like in this period: lost. I recently lost my partner, and with him, I lost many tiny little pieces of myself, especially in those daily, little gestures, discussions and songs, and smiles, and tears. I found out I am a multi potentialite watching Your TedX speech, Emilie, thank you for that, and I finally see I am not wrong, after all. By the way, I am a startupper, freelance lecturer, marketer, photographer, social media afiocionado, wannabe coder-in-progress, speaking 5 languages and learning other 3, but yes, I am lost. I can’t seem to concentrate on anything, not being really interest or driven to anything. Even my most precious projects, non profits, seem dull. But it’s not them, it’s me. I’d love to win the book, read it, learn how to master different skills, different paths, and then give it to another multi potentialite person, because hey, books are made for sharing, ideas for spreading and making even one more person smile, thanks to Emilie and her idea is well worth anything. Thank you very much and have a multi purpose, great day :)

  188. Vanessa says:

    Hey Emilie,

    I’m a student in my second last year of high school, currently living each day doubting my ability to do the things I love when I’m out in the world. How to be Everything is the book (more like bible!) that I need to keep me believing in the fact that you don’t have to limit yourself to one career in life, you don’t have to give your passions up for another. There’s so much pressure to find that one thing you are destined for, when in reality I think destiny has a lot more room for multiple careers than people think! Let’s just say the career counselors at my school don’t make my anxiety any better. I want someone to tell me that there are no limits to who I can be, and I want to believe it. I’m certain that this book will give me the guidance and reassurance I need, to find my way.

    Thank you so much for creating this community!
    Vanessa :D

  189. Lisa says:

    Hi!

    Last summer I became the mother of a wonderful girl. She is curious, stubborn and a happy spirit. I want her to be who ever she want to be, and what better way to show her that then to be a role model and finally become the person I want to be. Puttylike is a great inspiration but I need that final kick in the *** to make me catch my dreams. I believe this book would be that kick!

    Thanks for making all my interests and different ambitions feel like a blessing and not a curse!

  190. Liz B. says:

    I’ve been so lucky to hear Emilie speak, meet her in person in SF, and really focus the Multipotentialite lens on many aspects of my life, especially refocusing my career. I introduced my mom to it as well and both of us felt like suddenly, a lot about US was a a LOT clearer! All of that being said…

    I’ve never read the book! It’s on my list, and I would love a copy to gift to my Multipotentialite mom as well!

    Thanks for everything, Liz B.

  191. kledmir says:

    Por que é como ser tudo o livro exato que você precisa em sua vida agora?

    Olá Emilie ,

    Nesse exato momento de vida estou aceitando uma proposta de trabalho para atuar no segmento que nunca atuei,(Hotelaria) será um desafio e também de uma oportunidade interessante para mim,mas sei que sou um multipotencial e gostaria muito de encontrar algo que envolvesse minhas habilidades meus interesses e hobby, sou praticante de vários esportes principalmente corridas de ruas, gosto de cantar e participo de corais,gosto de entretenimento, de marketing e de criar eventos ,gosto de empreender,sou consumidor de livros e biografias de grandes empresários,gosto de temas diversos e principalmente desenvolvimento pessoal,gosto de ajudar pessoas no tema missão de vida e propósito.
    O livro vai me ajudar a juntar esse quebra cabeça e me conduzir a criar algo com minha essência, para que eu seja eu mesmo autêntico e feliz.

    Muito obrigado

    Um grande abraço para você

    Kledmir Correia

  192. Aidan Morrow says:

    Ever since I was a kid, I just knew I just HAD to be an engineer. I have always loved math and science, and that’s what everyone told me that math and science nerds do as adults. So, I went for it. I applied and was accepted to the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. But, it wasn’t all I hoped it would be; I discovered a program that was quite rigid and wouldn’t allow me to explore multiple disciplines or my other passions. I haven’t even finished my first year and I’m already finding myself changing majors. I totally fell for the fallacy that everyone has to know what they want to do when they hit college. Your TedTalk really inspired me to not be afraid to change course a little bit. Life is the most exciting when it is dynamic and filled with surprises. If I were to win a (second) copy of this book, I would lend it to my roommate who is facing some of the same issues that I am, and to my academic advisor who taught me that plans can change.

  193. Claire says:

    Hi! I found it interesting that the day before I saw your email for this draw, I was at a bookstore that had run out of the book! So here I am…
    I am definitely a multipotentialite and have had, over 40+ years of work, more jobs and streams than one could count. And not many people get me, with that sort of history and background.
    Simply put, I’ve been dealing with two concussions over the last 10 months and I am looking at how I reinvent myself with the new circumstances I find myself in. It would be extremely useful to have a reference and guide book to help me fine-tune what I am next going to be – whether it’s an old job until I move forward in a more stable manner, or something new.
    I’ve started listening to the audiobook via the Vancouver Public Library’s app, but this is the sort of book I want to write thoughts and highlights in the margins.
    Thanks for this opportunity and congrats on your success with the book and the award!
    Regards,
    Claire

  194. Marcelena Melton says:

    Late last night I stumbled upon your Ted Talk and I was gobsmacked. How have I been living my whole (adult) life not knowing that I am a multipotenitalite?? Both my mom and I have an avid passion for learning and exploring vastly different subjects. We have always felt like there HAD to be something out there for us and yet every topic we’ve invested time in, we have either lost interest or just found something else that piqued our interest. Enter, Multipotenitalite-ism! I am hoping that by reading your book I can find a way to engage my passions and make a living of it. Because I have worked every job under the sun and not enjoyed one for more than a year or so, it makes me think, I am going to have to create a job for myself!
    If I have the pleasure of winning your book, I will be passing it along to my mother to read after I do, since she and I are most definitely of the same mind.

    Thank you for making this lady feel a little less weird for being so passionate about, well, everything.

    Sincerely,
    Marcelena

  195. Lauren says:

    G’day Emilie,
    I need this book in my life right now, as the twenty-something version of the mid-life crisis has just hit. I am looking for strategies to sort through the MOST important of the important ventures in my life and manage it all. Who said we cant have everything right? I would love to learn some of the ways that my multipotentialite-ness can help others solve problems in the intersections of their industries. So many people in their own specialties that dont communitpcate or are too proud to do so. I’m hoping you’ll be able to help me with these things.

    P.S. only in the last half hour have I realised my multipotentialite superpowers. So a hugely genuine thankyou to you Emilie.

    All the best,

    Lauren.

  196. Tracy J Hayes says:

    Emily, congratulations on your award! I love your posts and videos and could really use a copy of your book right now.

    I’ve been a Multipotentialite since I was a kid, and remember hearing even then: Pick something! Well, I never could. I have so many interests and it breaks my heart to give up on any of them.

    However, reality does step in and I have had to narrow things down a bit (but non completely). I love figurative art, cartooning, writing, horses and history. What I don’t love is figuring out how to make any or all of this support me. I am on Disability and have a limited income, so I need a way to work with or around my health issues and still create a business I can sustain.

    Your book ‘How To Be Everything’ sounds like the perfect fit! I would love to read your accumulated wisdom on this topic.

    Thank you for this opportunity to win your book.

    Tracy

  197. Lauren says:

    Hi Emilie

    I have just started a new job as a trainee lawyer and I am 7 months in.
    I really don’t know what I want to do career wise. I always have a lot of ideas, I have a notebook of business ideas but have a lot of fear and uncertainty over picking one or two to run with and really invest in.

    I keep making lists of potential jobs I want but really cannot decide whether I should stay in the law or retrain or learn some new skills such as coding which would enable me to work remotely and flexibly.

    I love learning new things which is why I really related to your Ted Talk and have always been pulled in different directions which is why I’d love to read your book to maybe help push me in some sort of direction and take action.

    THANK YOU!

  198. Raphael says:

    Hi Emilie!

    Your book sounds awesome and I could really use it. I’ve been trying to figure myself out for the last 10 years or so and people are calling me lazy because I keep jumping from an interest to another without really settling on anything and they usually don’t understand this. My interests seem to last for a couple of months before fading to something new or returning to an older one and I was so happy when I found out your blog and that there were other people like me.

    I have no problem at all connecting the dots, but I haven’t come up with the right solution yet and I’m starting to feel a bit disappointed with myself, especially after putting so much time and effort (and money…) in getting a degree, which I’m starting to believe that is just not for me. I’m pretty sure that there is a lot that your book could do to help me get through this since your blog already did so much!

    Thanks for this opportunity! :)

    Fellow multipotentialite and kindred spirit,
    Raphael

  199. Laura says:

    How to Be Everything is the exact book I need right now because I’m a full time student *and* I’m in the process of creating an online platform (on my own and without help) *and* I’m trying to learn a new Language… Among other things. I’d also like to improve my English and my writing skills in English and in my first language. How does one do all that while still sleeping at night and potentially maintaining relationships?? I have no clue! I don’t know how that’s possible. Thanks for reading. :)

  200. Bev says:

    “How To Be Everything” speaks to me at a cellular level. I’ve always struggled to reign in my thoughts, ideas and curiosities. Over time, from college until my mid 20s, I’ve learned how to pursue my passions to the best of my ability. I give everything 120%. But now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve dabbled in consulting, about to finish my Masters, have a great professional and social network, but feel pressured to conform to the trappings of every day life of a 9-to-5. I need a dose of inspiration to pursue new interests with all these new accomplishments under my belt. And I know “How To Be Everything” can give me the tools and confidence I need to overcome my fears and doubts about fabulous self :)

  201. Kieran says:

    Congratulations on the award!

    I bought How To Be Everything soon after it came out. It and this website in general have been incredibly moving in letting me know that I’m not alone. Discussing the book with my therapist helped her understand what I mean when I talk about my struggles with career searching and not wanting to do just one thing for a job. I want to win a copy so I can give it to her (although I prefer paperback, so I’d probably keep that copy for myself and give her the hardcover, haha) so she and other therapists in her practice may use it to help other clients that may be struggling with similar issues.

  202. Marko says:

    Lately I find it hard to concentrate on one thing at a time. Trying to balance my PhD studies, work, international project on one side, and my hobbies (blockchain) and private life on the other side, has been quite stressful. I would love to find a way to organize myself better and to be able to enjoy all the new things that I’m learning like I did before.

  203. Ricia says:

    After years of caring for ailing parents, I have suddenly found I have a life to live after their passing. I have no idea how to fill my time now. I have many possibilities but find myself overwhelmed by them all. I could really use some guidance and routes such as life coaches are not in the financial cards. I was a multi-potentialite throughout my childhood and would love to live that life again!

  204. Lea says:

    Congratulations!

    I hope it’s ok to enter from Sweden?

    I would love to be able to gift this book to my struggling boyfriend. (Because I’m a poor student who can’t afford books..) He’s been filled with anxiety and sadness over the fact that he’s been unable to stick to one thing in combination with getting older and feeling the need to “settle”. He’s grown up with 3 specialist sisters which has led to numerous conflicts and sadness between them, with his sisters being unable to understand him or his ways of functioning. I’m hoping this book could help him battle his insecurities and to find a way in life that works for him. Because it’s been a long struggle, but I love this part of him. The part that finds an oddly specific interest and then dedicates months to research it. The almost childish twinkle in his eyes and the enthusiasm as he talks about those interests. And the sadness and hopelessness he feels when he’s inbetween those interests, right before something new shows up. I want give him the tools to embrace that part of himself.

    And finally I just want to say thank you for putting words to the feelings that a lot of people experience. It’s really helpful for us who live with or close to people that are multipotentialites. It’s been an experience to read and listen to you, Emilie, and have the feeling of “Yes! This is it!”. And I’m really hoping that this is a turning point for me and my boyfriend towards more healthy attitudes and thoughts in our home and lives. So, once again, thank you!

    Best regards,
    Lea

  205. I hereby nominate Mei-Lin Po: opera performer, children’s book illustrator, student of folklore, caregiver, technical writer, and top-notch customer service provider.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mei-lin-po-21947275

    I just finished reading the HTBE hardcover. I appreciated the conversational tips on how to handle the “So, what do you do?” question and the short-term and long-term project management exercises which I’ve taped up on my home office wall today. I bet Mei-Lin would like these, too!

  206. Sophia M says:

    Hi Emilie!

    I just learned what a multipotentialite was last week after I watched your TED Talk, and I realized I am definitely one of them. I am nearing the end of my undergraduate degree and while I like my major I don’t see myself continuing on that path once I graduate. However, that means I have no idea what I’m going to do or what I want to focus my time and energy on. I think this book could really help me figure out what my next steps could be and how to find a job that suits all of my continually changing interests. Thanks!

  207. Sebastian should win says:

    It’s still time, right? I hope I got the time calculation right.

    So – I really should read “How to be everything” and until now I didn’t just buy it and read it and have a signed copy from you – that would definitely put “read ‘how to be everything'” kind of on my first place of my priorities – directly after: “earn some money” and “on my – there are so many awesome things to do again – how to get things flowing?”

    Hm – you see – I should read that book.

    But – it’s not just about me.
    See – I am clever and talented and all this – but it feels like I just go in circles.
    And as the official expert for myself I am quite sure, that – as soon as I get my multipot being more organized – I could really rock hard and do some good stuff for at least me, but most probable also a lot more people.
    And … my dad would worry less.

    And as I am a) the local multipot educational person (I was the reason a lot of people around me now know about “us”) and I am super good in giving books away after I read them – there – for sure – will be more people who will read that very version of the book.

    But put aside the logical reasons.
    I should win the book because I wear contact lenses and I am good at playing the flower sticks (that’s the same reason that I told a good friend why she should tell me her secret – and it nearly worked. At least the grammar is about right and it sounds like a proper reason.)

    No, really – I could really need a bunch of good advices how to get my life organized as a multipot. I don’t feel like I handle my gift well at the moment and that feeling sucks big times.

    Best,

    Sebastian

  208. Amanda says:

    There are several reasons that How To Be Everything would be the perfect book in my life right now. After being let go from my last job (due to the franchise closing), the job hunt has not been fruitful. There are many factors in this, but the fact that my past jobs don’t all easily fit into one specialized box certainly doesn’t help my case. This book may aid in identifying transferrable skills (definitely useful in your resume!) and exploring non-traditional career paths.
    Helping with the health aspect of things is less straightforward. It took over five years to identify the thyroid cancer causing my health issues, and despite the successful removal of said thyroid, I’m still having trouble (basically, my body has been messed up for so long, it doesn’t know what “normal” is anymore). Add to this the stress and anxiety from being unemployed, and you got yourself a right mess.
    And you know what? I have a sneaking suspicion that this book will be loaned to friends and family (it’s almost like creative types tend to hang out together or something…)

  209. Darren says:

    Emilie,

    Your book is at the top of my list to read. I have hunted for a copy locally and am ready to order a copy, but one with your signature would be really nice. I am so glad that your multipotentialite talents are making a difference for so many people here.

    I just recently found your TED talk and web site. I actually found them because I was planning to write an article on LinkedIn about my struggle with the specialist expectations of so many employers. I pretty much knew what the issue was but was still trying to figure out how to communicate it. I was searching for some reference information for my post and found you instead.

    At the moment I am without income for the first time in almost 15 years. My multipotentialite superpowers helped keep offers coming (without applying or interviews) when they were needed throughout that time, since managers who knew me were impressed with my ability to learn new things so quickly and appreciated my proactively taking on every strange out of scope project that nobody else wanted or knew how to do.

    Now there are no new offers which I believe is really a blessing. I really want to go in a direction with intent that will enable me to better utilize all I have to offer. I have no easy out keeping me from this pursuit any more.

    This site has already been a great source of advice and inspiration and I hope to join the Tribe real soon. I am sure the book will also help me to better communicate who I am and assist in finding a means of making income to support my family while not sacrificing my multipotentialite potential to specialist bias anymore.

    Further, I hope that your inspiration and inspiration from everybody else here will help me to play my part in crashing through the biases of our culture. We need a world where people can be empowered to be themselves and excel as themselves. Positive community like what is being built here is a model for how we begin to shape the world towards such ideals.

  210. Deonshae says:

    Hi Emilie,

    I recently discovered your Ted talk today after researching various blogs and articles to figure out what it is I “NEED” to do with my life. I’m 25 years old a wife and mother of a 5 year son. I have two degrees one for general studies (explored a bit of everything) and one for Process Technology. I also have many other interests such as baking, cooking, journaling, writing, and researching any and everything that interest me. Since a child I have always been asked what do I want to be when I grow up and to this day, I STILL HAVE NO CLUE!! I can’t narrow it down because I am good at any and everything I focus my energy into. I have those passive interest that are worthwhile to me because they tack on to who I evolve into but may not seem that way to rise that care about me because they think I’m in a rut. I can’t hold a job for long because I lose interest quickly. I tend to go all in yet when the creativity stream runs low so does my interest. I believe your book will help me unlock my hidden potentials and help me focus on those passions that interrelate and are unique to me so that I can develop my own career.
    If you choose me to receive a free copy of your book I promise to send you pictures of it highlighted, annotated, and sealed with a promise of great use. Thank you in advance for your time and attention.

    • Deonshae says:

      I must add that I am in a career crisis right now. I go from job searching to taking personality tests, to then staring at the wall daydreaming about what my life should be then napping and dreaming to then awaking to reading self help blogs. I really feel that “how to be everything” will open up a world of hidden knowledge for me as far as how to embrace what gifts I already have and help me to stop seeing my cup as half empty but as half full. Thank you.

  211. Annika says:

    Dear Emilie,

    today feels like its the end of the world as I know it :)
    I knew it as a place where you have to be a specialist, where you have to focus on just one job, one career, where you should be happy with the comfort of only one routine. This is what society here in Central-Europe still teaches us… but, I understand I was mistaken, or society is mistaken.

    Just this morning I stumbled upon you TED talk, and I thought: I have never met this lady with this awesome piercing ;) so how in hell can she describe so well what I am and how I have felt for the past 32 years?

    So I started researching you and I figured: your TED talk is nice, but hey, this community here is the real miracle. There are so many MULTIPOTENTIALISTS out there, and you have made the impossible happen: you have created a place for all of us to meet and to understand, we are so many more than we thought we were. thank you for this :)

    I have another few weeks on my current job, on my current routine. Then, finally my mulitpotentialist soul will gets its time to shine. I am super excited and scared at the same time about what the future will bring, but I have promised myself, there will be no more routine and my constantly changing interests are ok.

    It would be a real blast to have How To Be Everything as my company on this soon starting journey.
    Thank you Emilie and the whole community for what you are doing for the self-esteem of all the multipotentialists out there.

  212. Villemure says:

    I am too late for the contest… but why not trying! I think I just discovered that I am a multipotentialite….and it will make a lot of sense in my life. I just quit my job of the past 5 years and left the province I was in and before that I left again my previous life of 15 years before starting traveling for 2 years. ( I live in Canada). Now came back home (at my parents…where I had not been present a lot for the past 20 years). Weird weird weird and it is the place I need to be right now. My brain is trying to figure out my next move and my heart wants to slow down. I think the book can help me to connect more with myself and find the answer within.

    Thank you for reading
    :)

  213. Marianne Parkes says:

    I came across Emilie while watching TED talks on my phone today. A “multipotentialite” ! That’s a thing? How amazing. I would be fascinated to read this book. My parents called me a “good all-rounder” All my life I have sucked information out of everything I can lay my hands or eyes on. When all the other girls were saying “I want to be a nurse” or “I want to be a ballerina”, I was saying to myself I’d love to be an astronaut but also a clown and also help save the rainforest and also an artist and also….. I immediately signed up to get her quiz and emails and discovered that I am indeed a multipod and I would really love to find out what to do with this totally new and exciting information. I missed the deadline because I only just found this while I was researching today….and also making a bowtie…and also experimenting with home-made bath bombs….and also thinking I must have a go at growing my own sour-dough starter for learning to make the perfect artisan loaf….and also planning a talk on finding a place in the world that suits our unique shape….and also arranging a babysitter so I can go to my new Bollywood dance class tomorrow.

  214. Athena Riesenberg says:

    I think this book could help me see the benefits of being someone who wants and tries to be everything. I have so many interests and I feel passionate about many things. But I struggle to find balance.

    I would love to pursue opera performance, massage therapy, Pilates instructor training, writing, health coaching, ASL interpreting.

    I struggle with the unknown, along with other life problems: chronic pain, depression, self care, and doubt-all of which add to the struggle. Learning how others find balance and achieve their various goals despite any setbacks or surprises inspires me and humbles me.

  215. Ryan says:

    As someone who has read and bought the book, I can’t recommend it enough. One of the great ways to learn is to read biographies. How to be Everything, is everyone’s biography. Emilie goes into detail about her path to discovery and career/ role/ life change. Anyone who has ever questioned “is this all there is?” needs to read and devour this book. I’d like a signed copy for my private collection.

  216. Ana Carolina says:

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you need in your life right now?

    Right now I’m lost and trying to become, at least, something/someone. Reading how to be everything I have to find something to be.

  217. Medo Hamdani says:

    Hello there,

    Do you accept late submission?

    Why is How to Be Everything the exact book that you want in your life right now?

    It will be helpful to know how another multipotionalist think, and I can use it in my YouTube video channel.

    Thanks,

    Medo Hamdani

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