I can’t recall exactly how I came across the TEDx talk titled Why some of us don’t have one true calling. Something tells me with the amount of time I spend on twitter it may have been recommended on there. But none-the-less, that one video opened my eyes up to something that had plagued my mind ever since I was in my late teens and early twenties.

Think about it, and ask yourself the question–

Do you find yourself engaged in a job, activity, hobby or project but not long find yourself overwhelmed by a sense of boredom that can only be cured with the excitement of starting something new?

I have a suspicion we are not so different, considering you’re reading my blog. If you’re anything like me, being told to settle down and pick a niche, find a ‘secure’ job or ‘pick something, anything and stick to it’ almost feels like a pin is being stuck in your eye.

The thought of doing the same thing forever makes me fret. I’ve come to realise that while growing up my distaste in the idea of getting paid an hourly rate in a day job wasn’t so much about working for someone else, it was about the perceived loss of freedom that came with being bolted down to one thing, forever.

I’ve always intrinsically known this, I even tried to articulate it to people, but they wouldn’t get it, often saying things like, “What is it this time?”, “Why don’t you just finish something?” or “But you just started that job, you want to change already?”. In their eyes I felt like I was failing at something, not being able to see things through. But it certainly wasn’t the case at all. I had actually experienced alot. I’d learned alot too. The predicament of finding myself starting multiple projects, building businesses and switching careers was giving me a certain skill set that many others simply aren’t fortunate to have developed, at the very least to the level I had by my 30th birthday. The act of starting new so many times had accelerated my ability to learn skills much quicker than most others and I was finding that my ability to think laterally, drawing upon so many different experiences, made problem solving both a joy, and highly effective. I was able to relate to so many different people, from varying walks of life because in some way, shape or form, I had done a bit of what they had done in the past.

If any of this is beginning to remotely sound familiar to you, you my friend might be just like me, a Multipotentialite.

After watching Emilie’s TEDx talk I immediately visited my local Harry Hartog Bookseller and placed an order for her uniquely titled and creatively covered book, How to be Everything.

In an instant it was like I took the red pill, opening my eyes to everything I had ever wondered, articulated perfectly into 228 pages of practical examples, insights, tools, and brain-feeding goodness. A puzzle, pulling itself together one page at a time in my mind.

I read the book cover to cover, in between every second I had, juggling it between the changing of nappies, a full-time science job, my niche-less blog, a marriage, social life and whatever other task I had found myself exploring at the time. Then I turned back to page one, and started reading it all over again, this time with a pen and notebook by my side.

Emilie’s book takes you on a journey of self discovery, evaluation and assessment. Along the way she presents tools, techniques and fluid systems that you can, or may not, choose to use should you see fit. It’s as much about showing you the whole picture of who you are as a Multipotentialite as it is about getting you to embrace who you are outside of the box we may have tried to put ourselves in all these years.

She describes the Multipotentialite as someone who has many interests and creative persuits. A simple definition, but one that carries so much depth for a handful of individuals in the world, who, up until now, may have felt lost, different or unaccepted.

The book is essentially divided up into three parts, each unwrapping the Multipotentialite and ultimately providing us with answers to questions we may have had as well as prompting us to ask questions of our own, all with the intention of providing clarity about all the superpowers we have, what we can do with them and how to embrace the thing that’s the flavour of the month (or day, week or year). Emilie also indulges us on how one may make a living as Multipotentialites (if that’s our objective). There are plenty of real life examples of successful multipotentialites that have not only made this superpower work, but also thrive with it.

Personally I resonated alot with Part II which explores the different work models some Multipotentialites can engage, each one facilitating our innate desire and need to explore all of our interests and creative persuits.

Here’s what FORBES had to say about How to be Everything–

Feel-good, encouraging advice on distilling a variety of passions and interests into success.

The book feels great to hold, the cover, designed by SBI Book Arts, LLC is one of the best I’ve seen yet, and her writing style is about as conversational as you can get without sitting down and having a chat over coffee.

And on that note all there is left to do is point you to Emilie Wapnick for more feel-good information and recommend this book make its way to your collection. I give this book an unquestionable 5/5. It’s on my favourites list and I can’t recommend it enough.

Key details

Publisher: HarperOne
Published: 1st Edition – 2018 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-06-256666-9

Thoughts? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to know if you think you could be a Multipotentialite.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: How to Be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

  1. Excellent review. I hadn’t previously heard of this book, but now I have it added to my TBR. I’m also going to check out the TedTalk. I think my husband would also enjoy reading this book.

    1. Such nice feedback. 🙏🏼👍🏼. Highly recommended, especially if you suspect you may be someone who finds themselves interested in so many things, or atleast likes to change it up every so often and goes deep into learning each time. Let me know how you find it when you read it. Hope your husband enjoys it too. Thanks Sarah!

  2. I love this! This definitely sounds like a book I’d want to read, I actually haven’t read it yet. Being a multipotentialite, I struggle with finding my true calling because I pursue so many interests at once. I cannot do just one thing at a time and stick to it for a prolonged period of time. I loved reading this article as it resonates with me and who I am. Thanks for sharing this, I will be looking for this book, I will find it and I will read it.
    Love xx

    1. Wow, thanks for the feedback, I’m surprised you haven’t read it yet. Totally up your alley, being a multipotentialite, I can’t recommend it enough. I’m so glad to connect too, a fellow multipotentialite 😁😁

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