‘Why do you want to be when you are grown up?’ Some of us might have always known ONE answer to this question. Some of us might have become what they have always been wanted. Some of us might have no clue because there are way too many amazing, interesting options worthwhile trying. Right? Today’s blog is about exact these people who refuse to choose, Multipotentials. Mutlipotentiality is a synonym for high ability individuals. Multipotentials are also known as Scanners, Generalists or multi-passionate individuals. What does this mean in detail? It describes people who don’t just have ‘one true calling’ but rather getting excited by various things from totally different kind of natures. In general Multipotentials are very curious, they love to learn until they have a very good understanding of the topic and then like to move on. Their goal is not to become an expert and spent their life finding the true meaning of this one thing or finding out EVERYTHING about this one thing. No, they rather move on to something totally different.
Multipotentials are people who may love Accounting, Baking, Dancing AND Gardening. I am not saying OR because it’s NOT an OR it’s an AND. They have various diverse passions they follow and might have the tendency to become bored easily. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, in earlier days, in the Renaissance, Multipotentials were seen as the ‘ideal’. However, in todays world where everywhere specialists are seems to be needed, where everyone tries to find his or niche and become THAT expert, that matter expert who can charge the most … it’s a quite difficult time for Multipotentials who refuse to follow just one path. In fact, it’s pretty difficult for Multipotentials to follow one path because they just can’t decide which one to follow. Remember, the ‘one true calling’ kind of thing is missing. What are you doing when you have different callings – in different directions? Don’t you could just easily get lost along the way?
I believe whether you have one true calling or you are multi passionate – there is nothing wrong. Except, its perfect the way it is. As long as you allow yourself to be happy and follow your paths. I further believe that we do need both types of people, specialists AND generalists, in our world to look at things from different angles, become cutting edge and stay innovative. Especially for companies,diverse teams seems to be incredible important to stay in the game and not becoming obsolete and outdated over time.
And in fact, there are some very famous examples of Multipotentials who have changed the world and left their impressive footpaths. For example Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Benjamin Franklin. I guess, all of us know them and there are no further words needed.
To all Multipotentials out there – you are not alone 🙂 Barbara Sher has published an amazing book on Multipotentiality, which is called ‘Refuse to Choose’ or in German ‘Du musst dich nicht entscheiden, wenn du tausend Träume hast’.
As considering myself a Multipotential I found this book pretty helpful on my ‘Oh, look, there is nothing wrong with me … there are some others just like me’ kind of journey. Another definite recommendation is the page ‘PUTTYLIKE – A home for Multipotentials’ by the amazing Emilie.
For everyone who now starts thinking about whether or not he or she might be a Multipotential (I really hope you do) and for everyone who is a specialist, I absolutely recommend you to watch Emilie’s Ted Talk on Multipotentials. Why? Because I simply believe it’s absolutely on point and a must watch – whether you consider yourself a Multipotential or not. I am sure you will know at least one of us (when you read this, you know me ;-)) and it’s just a brilliant, quick watch that helps us to change the world.
Let me know what you think