The word multipotentialite does not come tripping off my tongue. It took several goes to spell it correctly, but I suspect it’s about to become a favourite.
I stumbled on the concept when fretting, yet again, that my blog doesn’t have a coherent theme. That it’s a lot like my life, which can sometimes seem all over the place.
I hoped to find some way to make more sense of my life and my blog and was searching on line when I came across this new idea and experienced a Eureka! moment. I fit the label.
My life’s trajectory doesn’t follow the gentle arc I wished for it. Instead, it lurches from one fascinating interest or new occupation to another. I find it hard to resist a challenge, a new learning opportunity. Occasionally this gets me into trouble, but about ninety percent of the time it turns out OK.
Blogging in a (somewhat) disorganised life
Bloggers who do well, I’m told, are those who have a clear theme. They write and regularly post helpful, entertaining and useful blogs. Their writing fits neatly into their stated theme or personal brand. Readers know what to expect and look forward to reading new posts.
I once attended a thoroughly enjoyable workshop about branding facilitated by my clever friend, Glennys Marsdon. Later, I read as much as possible about the concept, but I seem to have missed the boat completely. My career, rewarding as it has been, has been that of a generalist, easily dismissed. My interests are too random and my blog reflects this.
Enter the multipotentialite
A truly odd word, multipotentialite means something like generalist. It sits with other labels like jack-of-all-trade, scanner, slasher, multipassionate, and multipod.
Emily Waprick defines a multipotentialites as people who have many different interests and creative pursuits in life.
She says that the ‘one true calling’ eludes these people. Try as they might, they seem to flit from one passion to the next, from one career path to another. As they go, they absorb knowledge, learn skills and delve deeply into new areas of interest.
Specialists, on the other hand, dig ever more deeply into their chosen career. They maintain a steady progression in their single, clearly defined vocation.
A multipotentialite, according to my guru, Wikipedia, is an educational and psychological term that refers to the ability of a person, particularly one of intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields. It can also refer to an individual whose interests span multiple fields or areas, rather than being strong in just one.
Multipotentialite is someone who has actually done a lot more things than most, knows about multiple creative subjects and is quite experienced in life overall. These Jack-of-all-trades (multipotentialites) believe that knowledge has no boundaries.
So here I am, on the edge of yet another learning curve, discovering a new area to explore.
Over to you
I’d love to hear from others who think they may also be multipotentialites and how this affects them. We need to stick together.