The Multipotentialite

Tamara Fisher wrote:

“Multipotentiality is the state of having many exceptional talents, any one or more of which could make for a great career for that person. Gifted children often (though of course not always) have multipotentiality.

Their advanced intellectual abilities and their intense curiosity make them prime candidates for excelling in multiple areas. This can be both a blessing and a curse.

On the bright side, they have many realistic options for future careers. But on the downside, some of them will struggle mightily trying to decide which choice to make.”

A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits, often mistakenly nicknamed Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

For such a person, their North Star isn’t so easy to discover as the gift of High potential oftentimes leads to too many options.

I am a multipotentialite, with strong interests in Music, Media, Performing Arts & Content Creation.

It is easy to get distracted, with one love pulling me away from the other like a red flag in tug of war. Each craft requires time, dedication, effort, resources and Focus.

The 10,000 hour rule by Malcom Gladwell states that 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" are needed to become world-class in any field i.e. 90 minutes per day for 20 years, Daunting right?

The truth is Expertise isn’t achieved overnight, the journey to becoming a thought leader isn’t a sprint but a marathon, it requires Diligence, Dedication, Discipline and Doggedness.

There is a sense of fulfillment that comes with doing what makes your heart sing.

Nevertheless, there is power in focus and one needs to understand that in life there are different seasons, we need to be flexible and be able to adapt speedily to changes in seasons.

Each season requires something of us, one skill is usually better suited for a specific season. Animals know they need to prepare for changes in season by making hay when the sun shines so they can rest during winter.

There are seasons of rest/hibernation, seasons of hard work and practice, seasons of lack and seasons of plenty. During hibernation, the animal’s body drops into a special kind of deep sleep. Systems slow down to preserve energy until food sources are plentiful again.

When the demand for one service is high, that is it’s peak season and it needs to be taken advantage of for maximum returns.

In seasons of low demand, one should reflect, remind themself why they do what they do, what they want to accomplish, what the end goal is, how their workflow process can be improved and strategize for the next season.

An excerpt from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I think Distractions & a tendency to procrastinate are two major reasons why people aren’t able to stay on Mission.

They loose focus on the goal and their attention drifts to some other supposedly important task, perhaps it’s just a break they desire but the break drags on for so long that they forget what they were trying to achieve that day.

Time can be your worst enemy if poorly managed.

To help stay on course in this journey called life:

  • Do not fall in to the trap of distractions.
  • Don’t compare your journey to others
  • Learn to manage time efficiently
  • Don’t just work hard, work smart
  • Put structures in place so your work flows like clockwork
  • Take advantage of the possibility of having Multiple Streams of Income
  • Remember that you can be everything you want to be, a Jill of multiple trades, master of them all

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