What it Means to Be a Multipotentialite

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.

 

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Word.

 

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 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.

 

Not my hands, not my photo.

Yes to that phrase under the coffee cup. Disclaimer: Not my hands, nor my photo.

 

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!

Migrant Muse

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  • Amber McClincy

    Sharing this on my Amber Uninhibited Facebook page – this is a topic I’m going to be writing a lot more about on my blog, now that I know there’s a word for it! My whole life, people have judged me for wanting/doing too many things, but now I know I’m not the only one! It’s so refreshing to realize there are other people who can’t settle for just one thing. I own two businesses, write a blog, and am starting another blog next year – and I LOVE it.

    • YES! You go Amber! I thought I was a rare breed too but I think there’s way more of us out there than we think 🙂 All the best to you and your projects!!

  • I know that feeling as well!

  • I’ve always gone after everything my heart and soul desire. Life is short, we’re not here for too long. #multipotentialite You should hasttag it 🙂

    • Hi Wendy! So true… life is very short, too short. Kudos to you for going after everything you desire!

  • Joseph Humphreys

    I’m definitely leaning toward being a multipotentialite, that’s for sure, as I’ve always tended to resist the idea that we should have narrowly defined, fits-neatly-in-boxes goals. Travel has taught me that much, not least that there’s more than one way to travel…

    • Hi Joseph! Thanks for your comment. I think travel has taught me that too… to think more about the big picture and to try and see things from different perspectives whether it’s with goals or worldly issues 🙂

  • Ale

    I love that you wrote about this! A few months ago I listened to a podcast with Emilie Wapnik regarding multipotentialites and it really struck a chord. I then went on to watch her TED talk and loved her message even more!
    https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling?language=en
    I think this temperament is so important for people, especially parents to understand so that there is no shaming around switching interests.

    • Hi Ale! I also saw her TED talk and really connected with it! Similar to the battle of the introverts vs. extroverts, I think more people need to know about this topic because you’re right, there shouldn’t be any shame in wanting to have many interests or jumping from one to the other.

  • Ilona Toth

    Finally, there’s a word for how I feel! I kind of thought there was something wrong with me since I could never make up my mind about what I wanted to do. Seriously, it’s changed so many times and as I get older, and it keeps changing, I sometimes think I’ll never figure it out.

    Thank you for writing this post! It’s made me feel so much better about being indecisive!

    • Hi Ilona! Thanks for stopping by! It’s human nature to be curious but I know what you mean–things keep changing all the time for me too! And I’m slowly discovering that it’s okay, because at least we’re trying to figure out what we like and don’t like 🙂

  • Tom Stevenson

    I’ve never heard of this word before, but this is definitely me! I’ve done that many jobs and different things that I’m definitely a multipotentialite!

    • Thanks for stopping by Tom! I think it’s time for all of us to come together as multpods so we can take over the world 😉

  • I’ve never heard this word before but I feel like this is what I am! I have no idea what I want to do but also have a million different ideas of what I want to do haha. It is a struggle!

    • Yes! So true. The struggle is real haha. It’s awesome to know there are so many of us who can relate to this though 🙂

  • Andrea Gonzales Diede

    I’m in LOVE with that sign! And I learned a new word today. 😀

    • Thanks for stopping by Andrea! I was soo tempted to buy that sign, but it was heavy and a little on the pricy side so I decided to just snap a pic instead 🙂

  • Dylan

    Wow, I have been thinking of this so much lately. There is always a ton I want to do, and by ‘want’ I mean I am really passionate about these things! Fascinating. I wonder how common is this?

    • Hi Dylan! Thanks for your comment 🙂 I’m starting to think it’s more common than we think given that nowadays many of us have the freedom and opportunity to try new things, etc. Who knows, maybe there’s a multipod hidden in every one of us!

  • I recently discovered the same site. I think it is safe to say I am also a multipotentialite. Still trying to understand myself…

    • Hi Sabs! Welcome to the multipotentialite club 🙂 I’ve come to embrace it and I hope you do too!