For many years I've known that I'm different from other people; after all, not everyone will haul off at 21 with no experience and start a business. During a recent existential crisis – something that seems to happen to me every 12-18 months – I came to fully accept that I'm simply different, and that's okay.
Yesterday I came to understand just what's going on with me – I'm not crazy, I'm a multipotentialite.
What does that mean? Great question! I learned the term while watching Emilie Wapnick's TEDx talk titled ‘Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling' (embedded below). For me this was an epiphany. Suddenly it all made sense!
So What Does This Mean?!
Multipotentialites, also known as renaissance people, generalists, multipods and scanners, are people “whose interests span multiple fields or areas, rather than being strong in just one.” (link)
Multipotentiality is defined as “an educational and psychological term referring to the ability of a person, particularly one of intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields.”
Take a look at my LinkedIn profile and you can see how this manifests in my life – I have a wide and varied background ranging from cooking (I went to the Culinary Institute of America for a year) to IT (my first business) to software development (second business) to marketing (business number three) to data science (current book) and more.
Yesterday I learned that the way I am, despite what society or certain people throughout my life have told me, is perfectly normal. In fact it's better than normal, it's pretty freaking awesome.
If you think you're a multipotentialite then definitely watch Emilie's TEDx talk below. It's more than worth your 12 minutes.
And welcome my friend, to a whole new universe of possibility.