In my last blog post (click here to read it), I shared that when I was looking for keywords for my website to describe someone like myself who creates and thrives in multiple arts, I discovered the terms “multipotentiality” and “multipotentialite.”
I was very excited to know that there are people out there who are wired like me.
Basically, a multipotentialite is a person who has many diverse interests, and multipotentiality refers to the characteristic of being that way.
Multipotentiality is a spectrum; that is, it is expressed uniquely in each individual.
Some multipotentialites have had successive diverse careers and/or interests, and others work simultaneously on their varying interests and careers.
Most multipotentialites are a combination of the two, or may be more towards one end (successive) for part of their life and towards the other (simultaneous) end at other times.
No two individuals are exactly alike in their multipotentiality. However, they share many common characteristics.
How about you? Are you a multipotentialite? See how many of the following characteristics resonate with you.
When you were growing up and someone asked you “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, it was hard for you to choose one thing.
Picking a major in university or college was challenging because so many things interested you.
You may have had multiple careers in unrelated fields.
You are interested in learning about a wide range of topics.
You get very passionate about things, but when you have got all you wanted out of it, you lose interest and move on. (This applies to both careers and hobbies.)
You learn and pick up new skills and knowledge quickly.
You easily adapt to new circumstances and are adept at connecting with different groups of people.
If some or all of these statements resonate with you, you may be a multipotentialite.
f you would like more information about the topic, I recommend you read Emilie Wapnick’s book How to Be Everything (2017) and/or Barbara Sher’s book Refuse to Choose (2006).
In Barbara Sher’s book, she refers to people with many interests as “scanners.”
Both of these ladies are multipotentialites, and once they understood how they were uniquely wired, their whole life opened up for them. I hope it does the same for you.
See you soon!
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