I am the type of person to bounce around a lot when it comes to ideas and interests. I learn something new, get excited by it, learn everything I can and then eventually become bored with what I am doing and move on.
I could never explain why I was like this. I just was. A few of those interests have stuck over the years, but more often than not a variety of interests quickly fell by the wayside after a certain period of time.
There have been times I questioned this and wondered why I couldn’t nail down just one or two, maybe three, things I excel in and have extensive knowledge on. I couldn’t understand why deciding on a single niche for my blog just wasn’t my thing.
Enter friend and fellow writer, Jim Woods.
One drowsy morning I opened up my laptop as I always do when I first stumble out of bed and into the living room. True to usual routine I clicked on to Facebook and read my notifications. One was from Jim who had posted in a writer’s group we are both a part of. He was offering a free 30 minute coaching session to the first five people who sent him a message.
Uncaffeinated but intrigued I sent a message. This girl was stuck and needed help. Knowing Jim’s skill as a writer and how he is helpful and encouraging to writers, I felt it would be wise to jump on this opportunity.
A quick message led to a phone call 30 minutes later and what he explained to me ended up making so much sense. It started with just one word:
Jim explained that multipotentialites are the type of people who have multiple interests and don’t typically nail down one specific interest or hobby. Or, in the case of this blog, don’t (or can’t) decide on a single niche. Our interests vary too widely and we have a tendency to jump from one thing to another.
Light bulb moment, right? Exactly.
Later that evening, I decided to look into this a bit more. Going off of the term and the name he gave me (Emilie), typed both into Google and came up with a website that explained everything.
From Emilie’s website:
“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.”
That true calling thing rings a bell. I’ve often questioned what mine was, if I even had one. After reading this, maybe I don’t. Maybe I am the type of person who has multiple callings and excel at more than one thing. Guess that would explain why I do well with both writing and photography. Oh, and editing too. Most of the time.
It’s not likely I’ll tack multipotentialite to the list of things that make me me (e.g. writer, photographer, wife, student, depression sufferer, et al) but it is likely I’ll tuck it into a small corner of my mind and refer to it when some things aren’t making much sense. It’s not the be all and end all explanation of course, but it’s a start.
What about you? Does the term multipotentialite make sense for you as well? Sound off in the comments.