Why some of us don’t have a unique true vocation?

Do you pass from an interest to another without finding what let you say “I’m going to do this work when I’ll grow up!”?

For Emilie Wapnick you could be a multipotential


“What are you going to be when you grow up?”, an innocent question that everyone of us has heard nonstop since being five years old, a question that could become an existential query.

It’s just that if for somebody the answer has always been simple and direct, for somebody else it’s never been like that.

It could seem a trivial question apparently, but actually it presents us a very important choice.

And it’s the necessity of choosing itself that has considered one of the main source of stress of the modern world: so, let alone what can happen when we have to take just one of the infinite paths in front of us.

If this argument brought dream’s enthusiasm in children, in adults it can even induce anxiety and crisis.

Not because of options’ lack, but rather for their oppressive excess.


Renaissance or… multipotential

Have you ever think about having too much interests that don’t let you individuate a unique vocation?

Have you ever been so curious about so many different activities to feel reductive the idea of concentrate on only one of them?

So, if this sensation is familiar to you, don’t think there’s something wrong with you: on the contrary, you could be one of those people that Emilie Wapnick, canadian blogger and artist, author of the book “How to be Everything” defines“multipotential”.

It means, those people good at doing many different things.

In the past, these people were defined Renaissance men or women: let’s think about Leonardo Da Vinci, or Benjamin Franklin, or Blaise Pascal.

“Actually, during Renaissance, having the knowledge of many disciplines was the final purpose” – Wapnick said during her conference at TED Talks – “A multipotential person is a person with many creative interests and goals.

It’s an impressive word. Or, we can use a word that has the same meaning, like polimata, the universal man”.


Emily points out three main strong points of a multipotential person:


  • Ability of summarise

Innovation almost always lies where the various branchs of knowledge connect each other.

Multipotentialites have this particular ability: to combine knowledges, experiences and interests in a creative way, in order to develope ideas and solutions that rarely come to mind of other people.


  • Fast learning

Multipotentials naturally absorb notions, because of their being used to explore new spheres of knowledge, to take different activities and consequentially to learn things from zero.

Of course every time they change their role, they carry with themselves, directly or indirectly, a rich background of capabilities developed in their previous chapter of their lives.


  • Adaptability

The capability of transform ourselves or simply accept changes to deal with the situations in front of us: this is one of the most important talent for every business man who wants to be successful not only in business but also in life.


The other side of the coin: the specialists

Don’t you recognize yourself into these descriptions? Even in this case you don’t have to be worry!

Maybe you are a “specialist”, a person born to do a certain thing that has always been clear in its mind. Fortunately specialists exist, because the best team are usually made by a multipotential and a specialist that work together, both applying their inner talents.

So, whoever you are, have fun, learn and be completely honest next time you will answer to the question “What do you want to do?”.

”What we all have to do is to built both life and carreer in line with who we really are – Emilie Wapnick concludes – And, unfortunately, multipotential people are often forced to be like their specilist collegues.

So, if there’s a thing I hope you should remember of this talk show is: accept the way you are, whatever it is. Accept passions you have.

Follow your curiosities right into the rabbit’s hole. Explore your intersections.

And, finally, the most important thing: multipotentialites: the world needs us!”

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