I didn’t just make that word up. Actually Emilie Wapnick did and her Ted Talk is one of my new favorites.
The concept isn’t new, I first came across it in Barbara Sher’s book Refuse to Choose. The idea is that there are two types of people – specialists – those that have a linear career path where each new position is a natural progression of the last. There is a singular focus. This is the path that we are socialized to take. Pick one thing and stick to it.
But there is another type of person, a person who I identify with and whether you call it a scanner, as Barbara Sher does or a multipotentialite as Emilie does, we have multiple interests. Picking one thing to focus on, for our entire life, is suffocating. But we are told we have to choose and I know I spent a lot of wasted emotional energy trying to do just that.
We don’t have to choose. It’s time we embrace our inner wiring – whether that be as a specialist or a multipotentialite. Emilie said it best:
We should all be designing lives and careers that are aligned with how we’re wired.
Are you living your best life? Are you aligned with your natural skills, talents, values and passions? What are you waiting for? Let’s talk and see if I can help you design the life of your dreams.