Emilie Wapnick: Why Some of Us Don't Have a True Calling

Emilie Wapnick

Emilie Wapnick is what she calls a “multipotentialite”.  And recently I learned, I'm one too. 

There’s a good chance if you’re reading this, you have some multipotentilite tendencies as well.  

According to Emilie’s site:

"Multipotentialites generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices."

In her new book, How to be everything - A Guide for Those Who Still Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up, Emilie dissects exactly what it means to be one of these gifted, multi-talented individuals. In it, she explains how you can more easily approach a world where specialization reigns supreme, and we learn that in today's society flexibility can prove to be more lucrative than specialty. 

I first came across Emilie’s work when one of my clients told me about her community of multipotentialites, called “the puttytribe” and I knew I had to connect with her. As someone who firmly believes that not everyone is built to follow one true passion,  I knew that Emilie would have some awesome insights to share.

Apparently I’m not the only one who resonates with this concept, because her TEDx talk titled “Why some people don’t have a true calling” went viral and has since been viewed over 3 MILLION times. 

Emilie is paving the way for the polymath/multipotentialite community, and really anyone who has ever felt like they couldn't be fit into a box. 


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  • How goal setting differs for someone who has a lot of interests.
  • The three most common areas of stress or concern for people who identify as multipotentialites. 
  • How to know which projects to work on if you have so many
  • Common careers for multipotentialites