Why You Have More Than One Calling
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Growing up and even as an adult, I struggled to figure out what I wanted to be.
First, it was a vet, then, an entrepreneur.
Then, to work with computers and technology or as a web designer. I even taught myself HTML and how to code websites when I was like 12.
I also always had a dream to be an astronaut, an interior designer, or a helicopter pilot mechanic (true story – my high school career test said I’d be best at the latter two, and you need a pilot’s license to be an astronaut)!
I could never choose just one thing.
The problem is – we are told to only pick one of these options to pursue – and to decide at a young age right out of high school is a lot of pressure.
So, you choose your potential career and go to the right college to support that career.
Did you end up in the same career that you studied in?
This is what I’ve struggled with throughout the years of changing careers and hopping from one job to the next.
I’ve learned a LOT with the random jobs I’ve had, and each of them has given me a piece of who I am today that I wouldn’t give up for anything.
But what if I don’t want to choose just one career?
What if I want to be constantly learning and excited about new things and new opportunities?
What if I want to continue my exploration of the world and its ideas?
We’re taught that we need to choose.
We’re taught that we can only do one thing in life, or that we have a calling to do only one thing in life – like destiny.
And we’re taught that it’s bad to jump around from one thing to the next like it’s some infliction or disease to like change.
This is where Emilie Wapnick comes in.
A multipotentialite? What is wrong with us?
Emilie Wapnick did a TedTalk titled “Why some of us don’t have one true calling”.
When I first watched this video, I seriously felt like she was speaking to me (see her video at the bottom of this post).
In her talk, she explains that these people – such as myself – are called multipotentialites.
Emilie says that there are other names for these types of people such as “Renaissance person”.
This is funny because she notes that it’s hilarious to find that this community can’t choose one single name for who we are!
So, there is nothing wrong with us. We’re simply different!
The Three Superpowers of Multipotentialites
Multipotentialite Superpower #1 | Idea Synthesis
If you’re a multipotentialite, you have the superpowr of “idea synthesis’. With this superpower, you’re creating and intersecting two separate skillsets together. Right between those two skillsets is exactly where innovation lives. This is where new ideas come to life and thrive.
Multipotentialite Superpower #2 | Rapid Learning
With rapid learning as a superpower, multipotentialites learn very quickly. We soak up knowledge like a sponge, and we’re super skilled at being beginners because we’ve been a beginner many times over for each different skill.
Emilie says we’re not afraid to try new things, we absorb everything we can get our hands on, and we step out of our comfort zone more often than others.
For me, this is why I feel that my previous jobs are now helping me to be a great entrepreneur.
I’ve learned delegation, management, leadership, sales, customer service, accounting and financial skills. I’ve even gained knowledge in laws, creating new and complex systems, human resources, and more. Fortunately, all of those skills build you into an entrepreneur, because those are all the hats that an entrepreneur has to wear at some point or another!
Multipotentialite Superpower #3 | Adaptability
Being a multipotentialite gives us the ability to adapt to what your customer or audience needs in any given situation, says Emilie. Fast Company has even said that adaptability is the number one skill to develop in order to thrive in the 21st century.
Pivoting is really a key aspect of running a business– and knowing when or how to pivot is essential to adapting to the ever-changing landscape of online business.
Nothing is wrong with us – we are multipotentialites
So whether you’re interested in one million things and always coming up with new ideas, or you’re addicted to learning, or you are very skilled in one area and concentrate all of your efforts on that one thing with dedication, just know that you are not weird.
You are not wrong for wanting to have more than one skill to master in life!
In fact, it’s needed!
Please, go out and master whatever your heart desires! The world will be better for it, and the world needs your skills!
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This post is based off of Emilie Watnik’s TedTalk video. Watch this video here: