I’ve resonated with this word, multipotentialite, for quite some time after I found out what it means. It’s a classier word for dabbler, jack of all trades, generalist or dilettante, and the opposite of niche or being an expert.
Multipotentialites (or multipods) have different interests and passions they want to pursue in life, and they may not connect with one true calling. Goals will change and interests may wane, but they thrive by continuously learning, thinking and doing.
Sound like you? Well, this is me too.
I stumbled on this site, Puttylike, awhile ago and I learned that us multipods can be a complicated bunch.
I think the multipotentialism is part of the reason why I continue to dabble, stop and repeat. Whether it’s with this blog, a film project, or some abstract jewelry art, I’m trying all these different pursuits to figure out a way to make it all work. A way to feel creatively fulfilled, happy with my work and to quench my thirst for travelling.
For this blog, I tried to hone in on a focus, and of course I wanted it to be all about travel. Then I realized that travel isn’t the only important aspect of my life. Creativity plays a huge role, a blurry role, along with my path towards a more location-independent lifestyle.
I also realized how much work it takes to run a blog consistently and the reality of travel and blogging. I want to write stories people want to read, and to create helpful content at the same time.
I’m so often plagued by writer’s remorse (being one’s own worst critic, crippled by self-doubt) that I know it’s crucial to just share the content, good or bad. Otherwise, I know I’ll keep collecting unfinished blog posts that sit silently in draft, never to be seen by another pair of eyes…
And so unapologetically, it’s so important to pretty much stop giving a fuck. There, I said it.
Multipod or not, it doesn’t matter what we choose to do, or how we choose to do it.
We can do it all, one thing at a time, or not at all.
Staying the course in life isn’t in the cards for multipotentialites, and I’m starting to come to terms with this fact every day. Multipods don’t settle, and they don’t get the same satisfaction from pursuing the norm.
Not this multipod at least. Nuh-uh.
It’s a curious thing as time and time again, we hear that success often means specializing or becoming the best at one skill or topic. But as multipods, this translates into boring.
While the rest of the gen pop may view us as those who lack direction, commitment, or knowledge, we have the power to do so much more, whether or not people believe it or not. Whether or not I believe it or not too, I know we’re capable of more than we think.
The issue is that there’s always going to be a constant battle with ourselves. If you’re one of those people who bounce from idea to idea, are afraid of limiting yourself personally or professionally, or battle with the thought of settling for something long-term, then know that you aren’t alone.
Most people will follow the A to B to C route in their lives but for multipods, our paths can be unpredictable because we’re always changing our decisions. For a long time I’ve struggled with finding my passion, and the “one thing I want to do for the rest of my life.” I still struggle with it.
But the truth is, there isn’t one thing I want to do, there are multiple things I want to do.
It’s not my intent to gallivant around the world forever, but it is my intent to live a creative life and travel as much as possible in one lifetime.
I may never come close to writing Pulitzer Prize material or winning an Academy Award, but I know I’ll continue to dabble my way down many creative avenues. I may never become an expert in only one field, but I can navigate myself through multiple creative fields as I please.
I don’t expect people to understand my motives for why I choose to do the things I do, and neither should you. You’re unique, you have special talents or interests, so go and nurture that side despite what your family, friends, or anyone at your company or line of work might think.
It takes a ton of courage to stand up for what we believe in, or to make a big change that will upset our steady, comfortable, day-to-day routine. It’s scary of course, but it’s also empowering to take control and make the necessary changes if we’re truly unhappy or dissatisfied with some aspect of our lives.
All of us, whether we identify as multipotentialites or not, have all the potential in the world to go after what we feel drawn to. It’s just that most of us will often choose to ignore this feeling or reason with ourselves that doing this or that simply isn’t practical.
I know the feeling because I’ve been there. I’m still there.
The amazing thing though, is that once you dip your toes into something new, something you felt drawn to try, the doors to a whole other world will open before your toes. And then pretty soon, that new world will feel comfortable, and with a crap load of hard work, long hours, and failures, you may just become good at something you once thought was new and scary.
I once read an article that said you should take life by the balls and own it–and we should. We just gotta get out there and own it everyday despite failing or having zero support, despite all the worst-case scenarios or bad luck in the world.
Just own it as best you can because the odds are that eventually, one day, something good is bound to happen, right?
I sure hope so because that’s what I’m banking on.
Do you think you’re a multipod? Let’s hear why or why not!