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May 10, 2019 10:09:55

Are you a Multipotentialite?

by @twizzle PATRON | 456 words | 195🔥 | 203💌


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Last year, I connected with someone building a website who was looking for some feedback from a technical perspective.

She writes about being a multipotentialite - the type of person who has multiple creative skills and interests, a jack-of-all-trades or someone who never feels settled in one career or life decision.

I think I kind of fit that description.

Yesterday, I printed up the drawings I had done for my wife's Uni course and, to be honest, they looked pretty good!  I was not happy with all of them, but generally, they were quality illustrations.

Doing these drawings has rekindled my interest in doing some art (buy me that iPad Pro and Apple Pencil please... someone!) but it did remind me that I tend to flick between these hobbies quite a lot.

Sometimes I am interested in photography, which I am also quite good at.  I can write code and have written and sold my own Wordpress plugins.  I can design websites, write thousands of words for them and make money from them too.  I can make music, not just EDM on Ableton, but I can also play the guitar and could probably knock out a reasonable beat on a drumkit if I had to.  I also feel that I have stories to write, poems to compose or scripts to create.

Having lots of creative interests is good and useful, but I never feel settled.  I sometimes think I should be picking one creative outlet and sticking with it.  I know this is not true and being creative in multiple ways compliments each other, but it can leave me feeling unfulfilled.

If you are a multipotentialite, you are restless and are full of great ideas, usually without much action or you take action and then quickly get bored and move on to the next thing.  I am constantly flitting between projects, ideas, plans and progressing nothing much.  Its a curse as well as a blessing.

Going back to the idea of buying an iPad and Apple Pencil - I know that this is just my "current phase" of creativity and that in a few weeks I won't be interested in having one any longer.  I am good at talking myself out of wanting the latest fad gadgets or things.  No doubt in a few weeks I will be asked to take some photos for something and go off down the line of wanting to buy a copy of Adobe Lightroom!

One thing that people often say about creative people is that they are not limited by technology or equipment.  If they want to create, they just do it!  They don't need the iPad to get it done when a simple pencil and the back of an envelope will suffice.


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    @twizzle Great post! I think I'm a multipotentialite too. My career itself has been suffering from this because it amps up my feelings of insecurity.

    "Yeah, I tried this, but I think I might be better at that; however, it does not offer enough challenge......." - that's when the imposter syndrome jacks up "ok, so you have all one-year experiences, you're a master of none."

    My hobbies go through similar cycles, precisely with photography, writing, postcrossing, reading, painting, playing the guitar........ I've once stumbled with an article that says multipotentialites should try to incorporate their interests in the same job, and I try to do that, but, do you ever just feel you're not honest with yourself?

    Sara Silva avatar Sara Silva | May 10, 2019 05:31:24
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      @sarasilva I remember posting some pictures of old paintings I did when I was a teenager (still at college) to Facebook and someone commented saying how good they were and that they hoped I got to use my creative talents in my work every day.

      It kinda hit me that the answer to that was a big, fat "no!".

      I work in IT support and whilst computers are quite logical beasts, the only thing I could link is that you have to sometimes think creatively or approach problems from creative angles. Hardly the same as doing a drawing!

      The person's comment made me feel a bit down actually. It's often the things other people see in you, that you don't see yourself, that impact you most.

      I think it would be hard to accommodate every interest in a single career.

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 10, 2019 10:38:02
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      @twizzle @sarasilva I had not heard of this term but I count myself among them. I suppose it's the age-old question of what you chose to do "for a living" and what you choose for hobbies simply because you enjoy them. I do like your approach that counters the "pick one passion and pursue it" view. Oh, by the way I heard @nicksimard can you hook you up with an iPad ;)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 10, 2019 08:45:13
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      @sarasilva @brandonwilson Yeah - I mean.. how many iPads does 1 person need?!?!? ;)

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 10, 2019 17:33:06
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      @twizzle @sarasilva @brandonwilson Ha! The only one left is the Mini, and it's mine :) But yes, for anyone who draws at all the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are awesome. Heck, even the new non-Pro iPads (minus the basic 9.7", without its laminated display) are pretty decent.

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | May 10, 2019 09:38:11
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