'Multipotentialite!'... Say what?

I learnt something really fascinating via a TED talk recently and it's something I want to enlighten you to as you may be one too! Here's a teaser courtesy of Emily Wapnick of Puttylike:




Are people often confused about what it is you do? How many different things you do? Look surprised that what you did before is not related to what you do now? Do you get bored easily? Do you love to learn new skills?


Don't fear, you are normal - This is an actual thing!


To give you a brief reference - Auckland office and pet shop to horse stud in Cambridge to South Island farm to vet clinic to Mum to blogger to online community manager to agribusiness to marketing to entrepreneur including artist, amateur photographer, writer and ag-techie? (...ahem)


Your life thus far may not have been quite as varied or it may be more varied - either way it's not unusual to people look as me with a sense of exasperation but to me, this is how I am and it's pretty bloody fun! Many times through my life I have accomplished something, given myself a high five and moved on to do something else completely unrelated.


I love learning languages, about science. I enjoy renovating houses, can fix a washing machine or a dishwasher (thanks YouTube).  I'm teaching myself the guitar, I've taught myself (with support) how to be a 'digital marketer' an amateur photographer, a drone operator and spent much time in the mindset of 'Fake it until you become it'. I thrive on learning, upskilling and being overly capable!


Do you get bored easily?

Boredom usually hits us once we’ve learned what we are meant to learn on a particular topic and boredom is our body’s way of telling us that it's time to move onto something new. We learn what we came to learn and then move on to the next interest. This may not always look like “finishing” to the outside world, but it is for us.


Are you a sequential or simultaneous multipotentialite? 

If you go to Emilie's website - Puttylike, you can find a quiz to learn which one you are! Expectedly, I rate very highly on the simultaneous spectrum! The traits include:

  • Energised when we frequently switch between their diverse range of topics + projects.
  • We have our fingers in several projects at any point of our lives.
  • We have many different skills and love to between skill sets.


If you want to learn more about this way of being and want to learn how to use it to your advantage, check out the TED talk like I did below and start that conversation with yourself. The more you know, the more you grow! 


Multipotentiality - “An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.”

– Wiki Link