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Multipotentiality - Having Too Many Interests and Passions

Having Too Many Interests and Passions? You might be a multipotentialite! | 7/1/2017

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As far as I know, I have always had many interests and passions and I have hardly been able to focus on only one thing. I have never resonated with the statement that you need to decide for one thing only and I have struggled with it until I found out in 2014 that I'm a so called scanner personality (Scanner is the name Barbara Sher invented when she wrote the books I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was and Refuse to Choose), also known as multipotentalite, multi-passionate, generalist. According to Emilie Wapnick from Puttylike, a multipotentalite can be described this way: 

A multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life.

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.

When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.

 

Watch the video below if you want to know more about the traits of a multipotentialite

 

Want to know if you are a multipotentialite? Take this test!

 

You might me a multipotentialite if you can say "yes" to all or many of the statements below:

 

  • I llike doing many different things but don't like to limit myself to only one.
  • I suddenly lose interest in things, even in things, I thought I would love forever.
  • I love learning new things and would describe myself as insatiably curious.
  • I lose interest in something as soon as I know how it works.
  • I find it unbearable to do something exactly the same way a second time.
  • I feel any type of routine as paralyzing.
  • I want to work on a new topic immediately.
  • I believe I have to decide on thing but I'm not able to do that.
  • I constantly change my mind about what my dream job would be.
  • I have worked different side jobs for years because I'm still looking for my true calliing.
  • I feel that deciding on one thing is a decision against all the many other possibilities.
  • I feel best if I do different things at the same time.
  • I read different books at the same time.
  • I'm afraid to miss something if I focus on one topic for a longer period.
  • I ask myself how I can be successful without specializing in something.
  • I'm a Jack of all trades rather than an expert.
  • I have always had different hobbies or favorite topics.
  • I can play instruments/create art/do sports but I have never achieved to become a master through practice in any of these areas. 
  • It makes me sick when I think about eternal repetitions.
  • People tell me I should finally choose.
  • Already in my childhood I often did a lot of things at the same time and I had a better concentration then.
  • I have a good staying power with things that appeal to me.
  • I have more energy than others.
  • I have always had little use for conventions, traditions, fashions and authorities.
  • I'm independent and unconventional, also in my decision and lifestyle.
  • I prefer working on my own, to my own rhythm, and often switch between several tasks.
  • I find it easy to familiarize with new unknown fields.
  • I have an excellent power of observation and understand connections quickly.
  • I have always been just different

 

Please be aware that saying "yes" to all these statements doesn't necessarily mean that you are really a multipotentialite. These statements are just a basis for further researches. 

 

 

Recommended Books about Multipotentiality

 

 Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life―A Creative and Practical Guide

 

 

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