How to Be Everything
A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up
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What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't.
Having a lot of different interests, projects and curiosities doesn't make you a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none." Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky. What you are is a multipotentialite: someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And that is actually your biggest strength.
How to Be Everything helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Based on her popular TED talk, "Why some of us don't have one true calling", Emilie Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice. Instead of suggesting that you specialize, choose a niche or accumulate 10,000 hours of practice in a single area, Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around ALL of your passions.
• Why your multipotentiality is your biggest strength, especially in today's uncertain job market.
• How to make a living and structure your work if you have many skills and interests.
• How to focus on multiple projects and make progress on all of them.
• How to handle common insecurities such as the fear of not being the best, the guilt associated with losing interest in something you used to love and the challenge of explaining "what you do" to others.
Not fitting neatly into a box can be a beautiful thing. How to Be Everything teaches you how to design a life, at any age and stage of your career, that allows you to be fully you, and find the kind of work you'll love.
A fantastic resource for 'multipotentialites'!
If, like me, you've always had diverse interests and a decent brain but struggled with the traditional 'linear' Western education system and the cult of specialization in the workplace to which it gives rise, this book is for you. There are precious few sources of advice for those of us whose inveterate curiosity leads us by the nose but Emilie Wapnick's book and her website (puttylike.com) are a beacon of hope and a fount of knowledge in a world which seems to relentlessly (and wrongly) encourage us to narrow down our interests. Far from being 'jacks of all trades, masters of none', multipotentialites are the world's innovators and a society shuns them at its peril. As such, this book is a must-read not only for us 'multipods' who are trying to find the right balance of money, meaning and variety in our lives but also for educators and anyone who wants to sneak a glimpse into the future of Human Resources.