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May 10, 2019 16:06:16

Re: Are you a Multipotentialite?

by @haideralmosawi PATRON | 310 words | 🐣 | 124💌

Haider Al-Mosawi

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Multipotentialites are people who can't identify with a single interest or identity. They have multiple interests and want to explore many experiences. The idea of "what do you want to be when you grow up?" is confusing and restrictive to multipotentialites. 

Why do we have to choose a single path? Why should our careers be restricted to a single industry for all our lives? What if there are many activities we enjoy and many ways to contribute to the world?

Choosing a career and feeling satisfied with my career was a struggle for me. I would always entertain ideas of making a career switch.

The term "multipotentialite" was coined by Emilie Wapnick, founder of the puttylike.com blog and community, and author of How To Be Everything. Discovering her site and reading her book were reassuring for me. I realized that what I was going through wasn't something to be ashamed of. It didn't mean I was destined for failure.

In fact, the book The Medici Effect makes the compelling case that innovation occurs when ideas cross-pollinate from different industries. Those with exposure to multiple fields and industries can be much more creative in their approach than those who have only been exposed to the same ideas from the same industry.

What's critical about being a multipotentialite is to embrace the identity of being a multipotentialite. A person with a variety of interests, an array of different skills, and the capacity to draw from multiple sources of insight and inspiration.

Only by embracing that identity and recognizing the strengths that lie within it can you overcome the stigma and fear that come associated with a person destined to chart his or her own path in life, rather than accept the expectations set out by society.

Thank you @twizzle for raising this issue and the inspiration for me to write this. :D



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    @haideralmosawi Thanks too :)
    It is a far more widespread thing than people realize. I will check out those sites too. Thanks!

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | May 10, 2019 15:59:02
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      @twizzle The experience is widespread, but the understanding of our condition isn't well-known or respected. (Well-)Round(ed) pegs are being forced into square holes.

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 10, 2019 23:41:39
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    @haideralmosawi I just wanted to say a big thank you for this post. I had never heard of the term multipotentialite before and it really resonated with me, so much so that I'm thinking of writing a 'reply' to your post to explain why! Thanks for introducing me to a completly new idea and way of viewing myself!

    Anna Kaczynski avatar Anna Kaczynski | May 10, 2019 15:14:41
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      @soulinantarctica I'm glad you found this post valuable and hope it allows you to embrace your super powers. :D

      Haider Al-Mosawi avatar Haider Al-Mosawi | May 10, 2019 23:42:10
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