"A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Mutipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do."
I have a lot of different hobbies and interests, throughout school I could never be fit into a box, I was neither in the netball group or the music group or the geek group simply because I was all of them. Everyday after school I would be involved with an after-school activity from netball, hockey to public speaking and orchestra. When I got to university my first year was all about running and law, then second and third year was all about yoga. Now, it's all about yoga, surfing, skating, writing and trying to be more creative.
I am the epitome of jack of all trades and master of none. This of course has it's benefits, it means I have the capability to try new things and meet a wide variety of people. But it's disadvantages means that I get bored easily, I have to keep learning new things to keep me interested and means that a lot of the time I don't really have any direction. In particular, in relation to my career.
My dear friend is also a multipotentialite, he too has many interests and skills. But means that there is too much to choose from. We're both looking for some direction as to our careers and so we both tried an exercise where you have to fill in the blanks of several sentences for example:
1) If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with I'd choose___________ because________.
2) If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent working on something, I'd choose___________ because__________.
We both filled these sentences out and it didn't help us at all because we simply put down too many things. Mine ranged from teaching yoga and surfing, to practising law with a company I have similar values to.
The idea of Multipotentialite was created by Emilie Wapnick in her Ted Talk 'Why some of us don't have one true calling.' I have a notebook of business ideas which range from food to yoga retreats to law firms. The problem is I lack commitment and decisiveness, I worry about making enough money and leaving the security of a well paid and steady job. Finding the balance between freedom and security.
So I've been reading a lot and the advice I found was that I need to find an overarching theme which could encompass all my interests. The theme that I constantly come back to is Connection. Everything I enjoy and love from yoga to eating involves some form of connection. Connection to other people or to our selves or building connections between people.
So while I still have no idea what I want to do, at least I've found the overrarching thing to bring everything together, I guess I'll see where that takes me....