When I was pondering my future recently, I came across the term “multipotentialite.” This was in response to my search for ways to harness my varied interests, and it piqued my curiosity enough for me to keep reading. I discovered I wasn’t alone in my restless wandering, and that it didn’t have to be detrimental to my future. My eccentricities could be harnessed and put to use, which was particularly appealing to me.
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You see, what I had stumbled upon was the work of Emilie Wapnick, a career coach and the founder of a website called “Puttylike.” She explains that a multipotentialite is an individual with varied interests and multiple pursuits. More importantly, she didn’t condemn these people as indecisive and lacking focus; she embraced them. Seeing how she’s managed to build her career around this idea, I felt I needed to delve a little deeper.
I haven’t gotten too far into my discovery of what it means to be a multipotentialite, or if I even fit the bill, but I’m working on it. While I don’t agree with everything I’ve read or heard so far, I do find a lot of her ideas refreshing. I like that she doesn’t believe a person needs to pick a niche to be successful. Plus, she draws attention to how there have been a lot of successful multipotentialites over the years and how it was a highly desired quality during the Renaissance period. It’s nice to see a positive spin on things.
There’s Always Something New to Discover
One of the things I did discover was her TED Talk. I expect she can explain her own ideas better than I can, so I’ve shared it below. The talk is a great way to get introduced to her ideas and the life of a mutipotentialite. She talks about her own experiences briefly, giving you a nice background into the concept, then covers the 7 superpowers of a multipotentialite. Check this out if you’re interested.