I have had a lot many interests and passions in my life. Unfortunately, I was never able to stick to just one thing. Now I ask myself: Why? Is there something wrong with me? Will I ever settle into a decent career? Why do I keep getting bored? Burnt out?
I myself, just in my lifetime alone, wanted to be a screenwriter, editor, actor, writer, musician, singer, teacher, restaurant owner, psychologist, school counselor, and freelance transcription. I’ve also wanted to travel and join the military, all while being a full-time parent.
I recently discovered that there is absolutely nothing wrong with me. People like me are what the world needs. Our ideas and innovation, with an added bonus of immense passion for every task and project we set forth to accomplish, should be an industry standard when looking for employee candidates. Unfortunately, people aren’t looking for scatter-brained, ne’er-do-gooders. Industry people want SPECIALISTS; those who are skilled in certain areas with years of experience under their belts. There is no room in a specialist society for Multipotentialites.
A multipotentialite, by definition, is an educational and psychological term referring to the ability of a person, particularly one of intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields. It can also refer to an individual whose interests span multiple fields or areas, rather than being strong in just one. Check out this link to Wikipedia to learn more on about Multipotentiality.
Are you a: Polymath, Renaissance Person, Multipotentialite, Scanner, Slasher, Generalist, Multipassionate, RP2, or Multipod?
“[T]he fact that we can’t settle on one term to describe ourselves is fitting.” ~Emilie Wapnick, Founder of PuttyLike, a Home for Multipotentialites!