Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don't have one true calling
Emilie Wapnick - Writer, coach, artist ...
Career coach Emilie Wapnick celebrates the "multipotentialite" -- those of us with many interests, many jobs over a lifetime, and many interlocking potentials. Full bio
been asked the question
when you were first asked this question?
been able to answer the question
that I didn't have any interests --
and math and art and I built websites
called Frustrated Telephone Operator.
to notice this pattern in myself
at whatever it was,
where I'd start to get bored.
and persist anyway,
so much time and energy
this isn't challenging anymore --
in something else,
and I would dive into that,
and I'd be like, "Yes! I found my thing,"
where I'd start to get bored.
something new and totally different,
any of this into a career.
have to pick one thing,
so much anxiety
was something wrong with this,
for being unable to stick with anything.
or that I was self-sabotaging,
and to these feelings,
the meaning of wrong or abnormal
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
what you say when you're that age.
to elicit cute replies,
or "I want to be a ballerina,"
again and again as we get older
high school students might get asked
to pick in college.
the cute exercise it once was
to dream about what they could be,
about all that they could be.
what you want to be,
will likely chuckle and be like,
a violin maker and a psychologist.
turned illustrator, entrepreneur,
about people like this.
or the one true calling,
during our time on this earth,
what that thing is
who isn't wired this way?
subjects that you're curious about,
like you in this framework.
have a purpose.
there's something wrong with you.
with many interests and creative pursuits.
into three parts:
that connote the same idea,
to be well-versed in multiple disciplines.
or invent your own.
that as a community,
that you need to overcome.
through speaking with people
ideas on my website,
strengths to being this way.
at the intersection.
from their shared interests
travel, mathematics and design,
custom geographically-inspired jewelry.
with this unique idea
mix of skills and experiences.
with all of their backgrounds,
points of intersection.
become interested in something,
we can get our hands on.
so many times in the past,
of trying new things
are transferable across disciplines,
to every new area we pursue,
and freelance writer.
she honed an incredible ability
Nora was a financial planner.
the finer mechanics of sales
write compelling pitches to editors.
to pursue something you're drawn to,
in a different field entirely,
into whatever you need to be
sometimes a web designer,
sometimes a teacher,
because he can take on various roles,
to develop in order to thrive
so quickly and unpredictably
and organizations that can pivot
that are really going to thrive.
are very adept at,
if pressured to narrow their focus.
in encouraging multipotentialites
problems in the world right now,
out-of-the-box thinkers to tackle them.
in your heart, a specialist.
you wanted to be a pediatric neurosurgeon.
wrong with you, either.
are comprised of a specialist
and implement ideas,
a breadth of knowledge to the project.
lives and careers
are largely being encouraged
like their specialist peers.
you take away from this talk,
whatever that may be.
who may have just realized
down those rabbit holes.
to a happier, more authentic life.
About the speaker:Emilie Wapnick - Writer, coach, artist ...
Career coach Emilie Wapnick celebrates the "multipotentialite" -- those of us with many interests, many jobs over a lifetime, and many interlocking potentials.
Why you should listen
Emilie Wapnick has been a musician/songwriter, a web designer, filmmaker, writer, law student and entrepreneur. "This is how I’ve always lived," she writes, "moving from interest to interest, building on my skills in different areas, and synthesizing the knowledge I acquire along the way."
As a career and life coach, she helps other people with wide and varied interests understand and appreciate who they are, in a society that asks us to pick a lane and stay in it. Her work with "multipotentialites" has resulted in the book Renaissance Business and the interesting website Puttylike.
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