How many of you knew what you wanted to do when you were young? How many of you went through high school not knowing what you want to study further? Or through university feeling you are not strong in only one of the fields you studied, but in many of them? That you can do many more things… and very diverse.
Let me further explain it, inspired by my own experience: I was never that person who knew what I wanted to be from when I was young: a doctor, a lawyer, a mathematician, an actor, etc. I had no clue. I may not have a clue now either ;)) I’m still experimenting everything I like and am interested in. During elementary school and high school, I was always struggling with: do I like literature more or do I like math more? Oh, but wait, I also like biology (at least some parts of it) and English literature and Spanish and I may even enjoy classical mechanics physics. And I enjoy my singing lesson and my ballet one. So, what do I do? Do I go for Humanities University or do I go for Science?
Some of us may not have had it easy deciding what we wanted to do. We were not clearly talented in one particular field, but in more. Please browse through the characteristics below. If you tick most of them, then I’ve got news for you, right under…
– You have too many interests
– You excel in two or more different fields
– You are not just being strong in just one field or area
– You are somewhat opposed to the people society usually labels as specialists
– You are enthusiastic about multiple activities, fields etc.
– You become easily bored, especially after mastering everything you wanted to know about a particular subject
YOU ARE A MULTIPOTENTIALITE!
The day I found out about multipotentialites is one of the best self-understanding days ever. And I have my friend Rick to thank for that, as he’s shared the video that ‘opened my eyes’ in this direction, that you can find below and that I strongly suggest you listen to. I then realized that it’s actually cool I’m interested in many and diverse subjects, that I shouldn’t have wanted for so many years to be a specialist in something and that to be my ‘thing’. It’s ok if I exercise my creativity and adaptability in as many fields possible. And if I have a job in branding for a while, then in PR, then in project management and recruitment, a blog on the side, learning tennis, cross fitting, taking language courses, thinking about some guitar lessons next, that doesn’t mean I’m weird just because it’s not that ONE thing I specialize in.
And before I wave you guys bye-bye for this week, don’t forget about Emilie Wapnick’s list of super powers ;) I’ve quickly written them below, but I strongly suggest you listen to Emilie’s insightful TED video at the end of the article. All worth it!
1. Idea Synthesis
2. Rapid Learning
To all fellow multipotentialites and to all specialists out there, have fun being who you are,