The other day I came across a website called Developing Multiple Talents for creative and gifted adults with multiple interests and talents. Over the past 4 years, Clarence has patiently helped me process my creativity and the many intersections that cross. There’s no way I can choose one box when it comes to what I do, but I always feel strange saying that I do this/this/this/this when I’m asked what I do. And let me tell you, if you live in LA it’s pretty much the 2nd question that gets asked after your name. What I’ve finally realized is that I really don’t have to limit myself, and neither do you. If you wear many hats and go with the flow of life, there’s no reason why you can’t switch hats when you need to. It doesn’t make you fickle. It simply means that you are multi-talented.
When I come across a website that I like and they offer a free ebook, I’ll usually input my email to receive it. The first email to come through from Developing Multiple Talents had a link to a Tedx talk on being interested in many things and the creative mind. I found it to be helpful and wanted to share it with you.
Have too many passions to settle on just one? Perfect. Your unique mix of interests may turn out to be your very own super power.
Author, entrepreneur and artist, Wapnick was blessed with so many interests that she was unable to pick just one. She studied music, visual arts, film production and law, and graduated from the Law Faculty at McGill University. After years of feeling anxious about her zigzagging career path and hyphenated credentials, she finally decided to embrace her plural nature and start a movement for others who lean toward being “multipotentialites.” Since launching her website, Puttylike, in 2010, Wapnick has inspired thousands of multipotentialites to stop trying to fit themselves into boxes, and embrace their plurality. She has been featured in Lifehacker, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. Currently, she is working on her forthcoming book, “Multipotentialite.” – TedX
Wapnick shares how you can combine those interests and what that could possible look like. The following list is what Wapnick calls Multipotentialite Super Powers.
- Idea Synthesis – combining two or more fields and creating something new at the intersection. Innovation happens at the intersection.
- Rapid Learning – we are used to trying new things and stepping out of comfort zones because we have been beginners many times. We dive in and hyper-focus on our newest passion. We may apply that knowledge in a different field down the road, and that’s fine.
- Adaptability – the ability to morph into whatever you need to be in a given situation. It’s considered the single most important skill to develop in order to thrive in the 21st century.
She encourages the specialists out there to specialize in their field of interest. You rock! But if you have many passions and interests, explore them all, because it leads to a happier and more authentic life.
“All creative people have multiple talents, don’t they?”
Yes, I’d have to answer yes to that question. Every creative person that I know is gifted in more than one area. They may have one area as their specialty due to years of training, but there’s almost always another area of talent, if not multiple. Personally, I am a writer, actor, model, healer, baker, recipe maker, photographer and have often functioned as a creative director and producer. Obviously I am not going to list all of those creative hats on my business card. But I do try to find ways to work them into this blog ;).
How have you handled the question, “What do you do?” as a creative type?