Multipotentialite – Are you?

Rescheduled post: Originally posted April 29th, 2018

As someone who constantly needs a distraction to focus, I had a TedTalk on in the background while I finished up some work stuff at 10 pm. Yes, that’s when I can focus and do my best work.

Growing up, as most kids do, I had many different passions and interests. Sometimes, it was karate, painting and gymnastics and sometimes it was dancing and singing.  So, growing up I had no idea what I wanted to be, but I knew I loved doing many different creative things. Also, curious why do people ask kids who are 5-6 years old that question? – “The what do you want to be when you grow up” -I will assume for now it is for entertainment value. Eventually, due to the societal norms and pressures kids are taught to focus on only a couple of things.

In today’s  world of specializing and narrowing down your career path and your interests and focusing on only one or two things and being the best at them seems to be the norm. For people who love to narrow it down and focus on one or two things that is great! You have found your calling and that can be an amazing thing.

For some reason, I never fitted into that mold. I have always had way too many passions. As I wrote in my ‘About‘ page, there are multiple facets to a person, you aren’t just what you do for work. I pursue them, get good at them really fast and then inevitably at one point or another get bored of them. When I am interested in something, I research and spend hours upon hours and days upon days learning and observing everything I can about it. I pursue the interest and at one point or another get bored. Always had this nagging feeling, an inner voice that says – “Why are you pursuing this anyway, eventually you will grow out of it.” This post is for anyone who has pursued their many interests and realized they want to move on to something else. Hey, you can now say that you tried and didn’t like it instead of I thought I may not like it so I never tried.

I have always known I am someone with many many creative passions and interests. Also career-wise, somehow I managed to get undergraduate and graduate degrees in different fields where I can pursue multiple career paths.  As I was working tonight and listening to this TedTalk, something she said instantly resonated with me to the core of my being. It was my big AHA moment, she spoke about being a MULTIPOTENTIALITE.

SHORT DEFINITION: A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. Emilie Wapnik coined this term in 2010. You can watch her TedTalk on youtube. It is worth the 12 minutes!

Reflectively, after she explained the three superpowers Multipotentialites have – I realized THAT is EXACTLY what I AM and have been since I was a little kid. I have always hated having to choose one thing over another and narrow my focus solely on a couple things.

The three superpowers according to Emilie Wapnik were:

  1. Idea generation: Ability to quickly generate ideas and think on your feet creatively.
  2. Rapid learning: Ability to learn things quickly by reading, observing and researching. Basically whatever it takes to learn this skill quickly.
  3. Adaptability: Being able to be whatever you need to be at a given situation.

I like doing multiple different things pursuing different creative interests. I like creative writing ~hence this post~, hiking/trekking mountains, making lotion, Tango & West Coast Swing dancing, sketching ~ hint -tiger ~, reading books, heated yoga, baking, traveling to new countries or exploring a new state, skydiving and the list goes on. Even if you aren’t able to become a master of something, I think it is good to have tried and experienced something new. Wouldn’t you say?

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A sketch I made when I was stressed, calmed me down instantly.

I enjoy being able to travel around the world through my job and love learning how manufacturing works in different countries. Life is a lot more fulfilling when you enjoy what you do professionally instead of it being just a job.

To all the readers who love to specialize and narrow your focus to a couple of things – that is great, keep at it!

To all the readers who just realized you ARE one of the Multipotentialites – Awesome! Accepting your multiple different callings is absolutely okay and realize not forcing yourself to narrow down your creative pursuits or passions will allow you to become your authentic happy self. After watching that video I realized there are tons of people out there just like me. For some of us there isn’t one true calling, there are multiple callings and embracing that makes you who you are!

To the multipotentialites out there – you are not alone! What are some of your many passions and interests? What excites you? What keeps you going? Would love to hear some of your experiences!

Have a peaceful day!

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  1. Thank you for reaching out to me. It was an interesting post most definitely.
    I’ve figured out a common thread between my interests which makes me doubt my being a multipotentialite.
    I would say I’m just a person who is intrigued by what is divine: Philosophy/wisdom and beauty being the main traits. I’m a very spiritual artist.
    Also the other thing I’ve come to learn is that I always just improve some skill sets over time by starting and stopping. 2016 I was really into art: drawing, photography, fashion. This year I havent lost interest in those things, my mind is just more intrigued by philosophy and calligraphy, and politics. Ive noticed that I spend time interested in something as long as Im able to improve in it, then I stop once Ive hit my peak for awhile, but eventually I come back to it work on improving again. Ive been drawing on and off for about 20 years, but for me since coming to adulthood and learned to become extremely efficient about learning new skills, I improve for a time and come back when someone or something piques my interest. Sometimes it feels like life procrastination, which is how I feel like im able to improve at everything the way i do.
    Theres are a couple interesting TED talk also about procrastinating and it is actually an aid to creativity.
    Its interesting to read about another multipotentialite though. Thank you for this post

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    1. HI Sabreenah, It was great reading about your experiences. I was just thinking about how I move from one interest/passion to another. I guess as multipotentialiates, we just like to experience and learn a lot of things. Thank you for your response, helped me realize there are more people who are like me.

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  2. Love this blog post:) I’m proud to have such a talented and inspirational friend! I’m still in the process of trying to understand/find what my life’s calling is and so the search continues..:)

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    1. It is hard to keep things narrowed down for multipotentialites. But think of it as we don’t really let ourselves get bored because we always have something lined up to do and are always learning!:)

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    1. I wrote this post right after I watched the video to process it! I am glad there are lot more people like us!!:) Curious to know your current interests! As multipotentialiates, we always have a few of those!;)

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      1. I’m currently doing some script writing and video production, I’m producing a podcast for my company, I’m getting ready to redecorate our bedroom, and I’m planning my group’s costumes for the next drag invasion in July. How about you?

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        1. Wow, that sounds amazing! We are not the kind to let ourselves get bored. 😀 The drag invasion sounds interesting & fun! I am currently Prepping for a work trip to Europe, couple more domestic work trips before that, reading books on Real Estate Investments, and some craft projects plus writing.

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  3. Multipotentiality is still a relatively new and unexplored concept where I’m from so it’s always comforting finding fellow multipotentialites! I’m a baker /cake artists, singer, choir teacher, hair and makeup artist and many more things in between! 😉

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    1. Hello! Welcome to my blog space:) I am happy that I have been coming across more people who are multipotentialites. Love it! Keep at it! Thanks for sharing some of your multiple passions:)

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  4. It is so refreshing to see there is a word now for this! I’ve always been called lofty or too dreamy because I can never settle with one thing. There’s too much in the world to do just one thing forever. I love painting, writing, science, math, reading, data analysis, public speaking, and a few other things. Obviously I can’t find a job that encompasses it all so I’ve kind of set science and math aside, they almost require specialized dedication. I work in finance for now but have worked with writing, merchandising, and speaking. I think the new and unknown drive me. Awesome post!!

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  5. Omg thank you so much 😀 I can so relate! So I’m a multipotentialite… So interesting… Except with me, I freeze up in fear because I’m overwhelmed and feel guilty about all the different things I want to do. As a kid I always wanted to try something new, would stop that, and then try something else new so my parents figured it was just one of those things kids would do and would discourage me from jumping around like that >< I can see their point. It's definitely tiring and not good to jump around but it's followed me into adulthood that I shouldn't be like that haha.
    I love that you cover this topic on your blog. I remember another one about niches. I have no niche, either.

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  6. I am a retired early childhood teacher and I am Mom to two adult sons.

    I have always been a multitasker because along with being a teacher and Mom I perused interior decor love, crafting, card making and scrapbooking.
    When I retired I started a brand new journey in Arizona! I then started brand new passions! Rock and mineral collecting which then became a new passion for jewelry making. I became the webmaster for our Rock and Mineral Club. And am heavily involved in growing our Rock Club in membership! I also began a blog. And started loving photography! I still craft and love interior Decorating but my blog has taken over my scrapbooking.

    So I feel multitasking is just something I do! Life is full of awesome passions and opportunities! Live it to the fullest!

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    1. Wow, you do have a lot of interests. Thank you for sharing your story, I am sure a lot of people can relate.

      I have multiple passions but it comes and goes in cycles for me while I make new additions and things I try.

      I have made my peace with the fact that I am not someone who will be satisfied with being an expert at one thing or pursuing only one passion or hobby. That’s another reason, I started this post, to have a community of people that are like us =)

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  7. I really loved this. Embrace the multipod in you and shine… Let the world know that you can indeed be all the many things that you want to be and be absolutely awesome at it 😁

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