As I entered the world of learning more about gifted and 2e children over the past several months, I discovered the term multipotentiality. It was very interesting because I clearly saw myself in that group and related to the challenges. This is probably the best overall article I’ve found that hits all the main points (and emotions): Are You A Multipotentialite, Scanner or Renaissance Soul?
I completely get the idea of throwing yourself with enthusiasm into something, absorbing it until you reach a level of mastery, and then moving on to something else. I have always been this way. I simply cannot relate in any way, shape, or form to people who get a job in something like engineering or accounting or supply chain management and do the same thing day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade. Just writing that and contemplating it makes me feel suffocated.
Multipotentiality versus Focused Niche
I clearly saw my multipotentiality during the months of September and October when I was focusing on differently-wired children here on my blog during the 31 Days of Children Who Learn Differently. An entire month of posts on one topic just about drove me insane. Truly. I have no idea how people have niche blogs and keep at it for years because it is the equivalent of having one job for the rest of my life and the very thought makes me anxious. Writing the series honestly made me lose interest in ever writing again on my blog.
I was SO proud of myself for sticking it out and finishing the month. Truly. I wanted to quit about eight or nine times, but I kept at it. I needed to prove to myself that I could finish it. But you probably noticed that I didn’t write anything again on any topic after that because I was SICK of the topic and burned out on writing. I had also moved to that niche and felt trapped. Suffocated.
And all the time I was writing that series, I was thinking about the other things I wasn’t doing. I wanted to be creating more new products and was counting down the days until I could be free to pursue something else. Total multipotentiality in action to think about what I wasn’t doing while I was doing something else.
Niche Website Experts
I’ve read all the experts about having a niche online. I joined Michael Hyatt’s Platform University. I’ve been reading Jeff Walker’s stuff and watching his videos. It is all great information. But I don’t care what the professionals say. I simply cannot have a niche blog. Every time I try, I totally hate it. I am not wired in such a way that I can focus on becoming an “expert” in only one particular area. My mind is too active and inquisitive to live in one place all the time.
Multipotentiate Blogger Disclaimer
I told David I need to make a disclaimer banner at the top of my site that says something like: Warning: This blog frequently changes direction. Prepare for abrupt changes in content. LOL! I think I should add it to my Meet Sallie page and my Subscribe page as well so people know what they are in for when they come here and decide to stay.
(Update 2020: My blog is now exactly what I want it to be and it now includes everything I am interested in. I no longer listen to experts.)
Sometimes I get on one topic and I want to just run with it for a bit. Sometimes I get on a roll creating products and I want to load them all onto my site in one afternoon and evening. But it is a professional blogger no-no to load ten products onto my site all at once. Oh well. Love me, love my streaky writing and product production.
So you’ve been warned. I can promise that whatever I put on here will be quality because I don’t do junk. But I can’t promise what will show up in your mailbox from week to week. You might get a week of learning products I’ve created for my store. You might get a week of simple living posts. You might get a different topic every day for a week.
Just expect that this place will always be evolving with interesting content and I hope it will be a good thing.
Read More About Multipotentiality
If you would like to read more about the idea of multipotentiality, here are some books devoted specifically to this topic:
- Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams
- Thinking Through Refuse to Choose: 101 things every Scanner should know
- The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life―A Creative and Practical Guide
- I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It
- 20 Great Careers for Multitalented People: Inspiration for Those With Too Many Interests
- Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills
- Making a Living Without a Job, revised edition: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love
I look forward to learning and writing more about multipotentality in the days ahead. I’ve started a Multipotentiality tag for that topic and hope to continue to add to it.