Are You a Multipotentialite? Here are the Signs (& Superpowers!)

Written by on November 15, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 11 Comments

Source: TEDx

If the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has ever caused you anxiety, you might be what Emilie Wapnick calls a “multipotentialite.”
Wapnick found herself jumping from one interest to another, leaving one when it didn’t challenge her any more. At a certain point, she started questioning her behavior. Was there something wrong with her? 
She says that most people who don’t know the one thing they want to be when they “grow up” eventually get stressed out, because our society trains us to think we have to choose one thing as a career. Our culture basically negates the idea that we can choose to do many different things.
“The notion of the narrowly-focused life is highly romanticized in our culture,” says Wapnick,it’s the idea of destiny and having one, true calling. Some people, she claims just aren’t wired to make a singular choice for what they want to do. These are the people she calls multipotentialites.
“A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.”
If you don’t particularly like that term, Wapnick says you can use other synonyms such as the: polymath, renaissance person or scanner. 
If you are a multipontentialite, you don’t need to try and fit in. You have 3 major superpowers:
(1)  Idea Synthesis 
(2)  Rapid Learning
(3)  Adaptibility
If you are a specialist (someone who came out of the womb knowing what you want to be), that’s great too. In fact, you could work really well with a multipotentialite.

The important thing is not which type of brain wiring we have, but that which ever type we have, we fully embrace it.

Vicki Howie, Editor, CLNVicki Howie is Co-Editor of Conscious Life News, the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ and the Host of free, weekly Conscious Life Awakened Speaker Series (CLASS). She's also an intuitive empath, certified hypnotherapist, life coach and the co-creator of the contemporary healing album Chakra Love. Get your complimentary copy of Vicki's Introductory Chakra Course here and start harnessing the untapped power of your chakras.

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  1.' Kathrin Geist says:

    So what?

    •' Judy king says:

      Because those of us, who engage in many interests and careers are perceived as ‘jack of all trades, masters of none’ and other derogatory terms, like not having any commitment to anything. The point is that it’s OK – it’s a different learning experience.

    •' Roxane Vasilia Christopoulos says:

      That’s what I say.

    •' Kathrin Geist says:

      People with one potential find one focus easily and than go for it. Nothing wrong about it. I envy them.

  2.' Priestess Sorchè says:

    Dusty Gustin

  3.' Roxane Vasilia Christopoulos says:


  4.' Sarah Elliott says:

    Clearly, you aren’t one! I am. I get this!

  5.' Wendy Hardin says:

    Okay, this explains a lot.

  6.' Ivan Esparza says:

    Angel Esparza

  7.' Lesley H Huckerby says:

    I want to everything

  8.' Tony Godwin Jr. says:

    This is amazing.. it’s me 100% without the label. Caught between whittling, writing and producing music, cutting firewood (already downed trees), landscaping business, creating compost/castings with wigglers, aswell as growing pure organic raw foods.. I do it all and still more. There is no 1 choice in life. We are all here to learn and create in our own way. Stop slaving for other people. Create!!!!!

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