A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.
Emilie Wapnick explains further: “Multipotentialites have no ‘one true calling’ the way specialists do.
“Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).
“Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.”
Do you relate to that? Are you creative, multitalented, and passionate about many interests?
Barbara Sher writes about us as “Scanners.”
People with this multipotentiality may often be disparaged as “flighty” or other negative labels, especially when it comes to being in business for ourselves.
But Emilie Wapnick and others have found this breadth can work for you as an entrepreneur.
Read below about her programs Renaissance Business to “bring all of your interests together” and Multi-Passionate Branding to help your business thrive.
How To Pursue All Your Passions Without Looking Flaky
by Marie Forleo
Part of the description reads: “Can you keep switching from business to business and have people take you seriously?
“In this video, you’ll learn about how to be what I call multipassionate, without looking or feeling flaky for trying to do all the things you love.”
See her related post How To Be Multipassionate Without Looking Flaky.
How can you thrive with multiple passions and talents?
Emilie Wapnick has commented: “My resume reads like it belongs to ten different people.”
My video above includes a clip from her very popular TED Talk video: “Why some of us don’t have one true calling.”
See the full length video in my article: Multitalented and Creative.
Turn All of Your Interests into One Business
Emilie Wapnick writes:
“Imagine having a business that allows you to focus on many of your interests and use all of your skills on a regular basis.
“In Renaissance Business, you’ll learn to use your multipotentiality so that instead of it being an obstacle to income, it becomes fuel for income.”
Emilie Wapnick on Turning Multiple Interests into a Living
An interview by musician Andy Mort [Facebook page]
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“My resume reads like it belongs to ten different people.
“Music, film, web design, law, business, personal development, writing, dance, sexuality, education– all of these are or have been interests of mine.
“They come and go (and sometimes come again).
“I remember being a little kid, not knowing what I would be when I grew up.
“I wondered the same thing in my teen years, and again in college. Sure, all of my interests would make for wonderful careers– just not on their own.
“Would I have to settle on a “practical job” and pursue my various passions on the side or choose among my interests and just commit to one thing?
“Both options made my heart ache… I knew I could be doing more– that I had more to offer the world.”
She created her program Renaissance Business to bring all of her interests together, and help other people do the same.
Renaissance Business “takes you step-by-step, through the entire process of creating and launching a digital business; from figuring out your passions and crafting an overarching theme, to thinking up a title, tagline and design, to growing and selling through your community.
“Unlike most material on business, the RB approach takes a uniquely multipotentialite perspective.
“In other words, I will never push you to choose a niche.”
Learn more and order the Renaissance Business system for the Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur.
In a post on her site (puttylike.com), Emilie notes: “I have interviewed over 50 multipotentialites, surveyed hundreds more…
“I wrote How to Be Everything with you, the multipotentialite community, in my heart. I tried to make it both inspiring and insanely practical. I poured my very best into it. I hope you love it.”
“Branding is a HUGE topic, and one that is especially challenging for multipotentialites who want to convey, rather than limit, the breadth of who they are and what they do.”
Emilie Wapnick presents the course with Michelle Nickolaisen.
Learn more and order the program:
Video from the Portlandia TV series – a comic take on being multitalented:
“She was working at an event planning place…and then she was delivering groceries to the elderly and then in landscaping, but she finally figured out what she really wanted to do: she’s making jewelry now.” [Paraphrased from transcript.]
Article: Multitalented and Creative.
Among the many quotes in the article:
Emma Watson was asked if she would consider a profession outside of acting. She replied:
“The difficulty for me is that I’m interested in so many different things.
“I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things.
“I want to be a Renaissance woman.
“I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.”
Also visit the site about my main book – you can read multiple excerpts from the book:
One of many reviews [click link to read others]:
“Packed full of insights and resources for the creative life, Developing Multiple Talents offers new ways to thrive as a creative person.
“Douglas Eby addresses many of the issues we face – fear, lack of confidence and focus – allowing the creative person to feel understood and ultimately empowered.
“Normalizing the challenges in the creative process provides a huge step toward coping with those challenges. Douglas’s book gives readers a resource for understanding and accepting our problems and our gifts.
“I highly recommend Developing Multiple Talents as a resource for anyone who wants to understand the psychology behind our creative drive.”
– Cynthia Morris, Writing and creativity coach, Original Impulse.
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