From reading articles about the future of work, it is becoming increasingly clear that multi-talented, multi-passionate people (multipotentialites) will be the workers of the future. Most recently, I listened to a radio programme with business & workplace author and futurist Alexandra Levit about the future of work. From a multipotentialite perspective, the points that stood out were
Thanks to Marie Kondo and a general trend for simplifying your life, decluttering has become a buzzword. Working on myself and with my clients over the last few years has confirmed for me that creating space is a vital first step in the process of finding out what you want to do. In order to change your life, you need a “Space2Change” (boom, boom!).
If you feel stuck because you have been putting the needs of others before your own for so long that you don’t know anymore what you want yourself, you need to create a space in which to find yourself. This can be a whole room if that’s available to you or even a desk that is just for you. You need to create a blank canvas on which you can paint your dreams.
I know that some creatives thrive on clutter, but it is usually their own - little things they have picked up here and there that inspire them. And if your desk or space ends up being cluttered in this way, that is fine! Once the clutter reflects your own interests and dreams. And if you get stuck again - you know what to do first!
Decluttering helps people who are overwhelmed with choice or never had the freedom to decide what they wanted to do. When you declutter, you are getting rid of all the things that are no longer important to you, so the things that are important to you can be noticed. You will get a clearer picture of what it is you want in your life and what you don’t. On an energy level, all the things you surround yourself with take energy from you. When you get rid of things, you also free up more energy, especially creative energy. And decluttering will give you a sense of success - you have achieved something even if it is just tidying up one drawer. In turn, this feeling of achievement will motivate you to take action. So, even if decluttering might sound like a great way of procrastinating, it is actually a way of getting you out of procrastination and into action. Because decluttering is taking action.
Positive Identifiers for Multipods
According to Anne Heintze, there are approximately 10% scanners in the world. So, how do you know you are one? Let’s start with the positive things:
- You have multiple (unrelated) interests and you want to follow them all NOW.
- You need variety in your life.
- Once you have mastered a skill, solved a problem, understood how something works, you become bored and you might never do it ever again.
- You love learning new things and are forever booking new courses or signing up to webinars, hence you love being in bookstores and libraries.
- You have taught yourself a lot of your skills or learned them by doing without formal training or certificates.
- You love solving problems.
- You see connections between apparently unrelated subjects.
- You have plenty of unfinished projects lying around in your house (or on your computer) that you still want to complete one day.
- A lot of us are highly intelligent and sensitive.
- And the one I usually find most telling is when you learn about multipotentialites and experience the relief of finding out that there is nothing wrong with you, but that your brain is just wired differently and that being the way you are is actually a “thing”.
Negative Identifiers for Multipods
You can also identify yourself as a scanner through your negative feelings. Below are how many scanners feel like in their lives:
- Envy for others who have always known what they wanted to do/be in life.
- Always trying to look for that one purpose in life to make you happy.
- Feeling down because you are a jack/jane-of-all-trades, master of none.
- Feeling the pressure of other people's expectations of staying in a career where you are successful.
- Feeling judged by others because you never stick to anything.
- Feeling like something is wrong with you.
- Feel like you are sabotaging yourself.
- You dread the question, "What do you do?"
- You are afraid of being trapped in a job for life.
- You feel like you are lazy, shallow, lack character.
How do I know if I am a multipotentialite?
Well, chances are that if you hear about what multipotentialites are and experience a big relief and the feeling that finally you have found what is “wrong” with you, you are one. A lot of us have spent their lives feeling that there is something wrong with us because we cannot settle on just one thing, career, field. And we have dreaded the question of either “What do you want to do?” or “What do you do?” because we don’t have a simple socially acceptable answer to this.
Another sign can be that you get easily bored and that the boredom feels incredibly painful to you. For me, it feels like I want to jump out of my skin. We also love learning. That is our superpower. We know how to learn as we constantly explore new interests and acquire new skills.
There are many different types of multipotentialites. Probably as many as there are names for us like scanners, Renaissance men or women, multipassionate and the list goes on and on. Some of us constantly change businesses or careers, some have a certain set of interests that they come back to in cycles, and again others juggle 3 or more projects at the same time. There are also certain professions that are ideal for multipotentialites like journalist because it gives them the opportunity to delve into ever new subjects.
So, did you find yourself in this brief description of multipotentialites? Then I welcome you to the wonderful world of scanners. To find out more you can delve into the work of Barbara Sher or Emily Wapnick. Or you can contact me if you want one-to-one help in finding out what your version of a multipod life should be. I know what it is like to feel paralysed by too many choices and the pressure and lack of understanding from your environment. Let me help you to discover what works for you and what you want to explore next.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
January is the month to review the last year and make plans for the new one. So, it is time to see what effect my three words for 2017 have had. My words were Healthy – Clear – Pause.
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3 Words to Keep You on Track in 2017
I am wishing you all a Happy New Year!
The beginning of the year is a good time to think about what you want to achieve this year. I don’t mean the famous New Year’s resolutions but something wider and strategic. What kind of life do you want to live?
To kick off proceedings this year, I am trying Chris Brogan’s way of picking 3 words for the year to guide me and keep me on course. I tried it with one last year, but it didn’t go so well. It took me about a week to settle on my three words. I made an initial selection and then mulled over them for a few days till I found the words that felt right. My 3 words for this year and why I picked them:
Finding work as an Immigrant
Last week I had the pleasure of running a Pathfinding and Career Workshop for Spirasi, an organisation that works with refugees. It was inspiring to see how many want to learn and succeed in their new home. But some are disheartened because they feel it is harder for them to find work in Ireland. Immigrants might have more obstacles to overcome, but they are not insurmountable. No matter where you come from, you always have options. It is just a matter of continuously improving your English and being creative in your job search by meeting as many people as possible and rework your CV to make you stand out. My father did it as a Spanish immigrant coming to Germany and I have done it here in Ireland. And if we can do it, so can you!
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Over the last few months I have been talking about the steps that are involved in changing careers. This week I want to bring it all together again and give you a short overview on how to change careers. It includes the following stages which I have been writing about:
Stage - Assessing your present situation
What’s going on now?
What to keep and what to change?
Stage - Discovering what it is exactly that you want
What is my ideal life?
What do I love, what am I good at and what do I need to thrive?
For scanners/multipotentialites: Which of my many interests do I want to pursue next? Or which of my interests do I need in my life constantly? (These can be more than one)
Stage - Overcoming internal or external obstacles
Are my beliefs about myself and my career really true?
What ways are there to get around, over or through obstacles?
Stage - Reality testing
Is this really my dream career or just a hobby or escape fantasy?
How can I do a dry-run of my dream career?
And this final stage:
Stage - Changing careers
Upskilling if necessary
Writing your CV or business plan for your dream work
Applying for jobs or setting up your business
Each of these stages consists of several steps that depend on your personal journey. I have given you a few examples and exercises over the last few months, so you can read back over them on this blog.
As I have said before, finding your path or changing careers is a process. It can take between 3-6 months or longer to successfully change careers. This depends on how clear you are at the beginning of the process on what you want to do next. Or sometimes you don’t have as many obstacles to overcome. I usually just went for it without thinking too much about if I could actually do it. I didn’t want to end up like my parents, regretting that they had never tried to do the work that they loved. And as I have frequently heard over the last few weeks: Failure is to never even have tried.
In my experience, clients who come to me to find out what they want to do with their lives, need at least 3 months to explore and discover their dreams. You are talking about the next years of your life. Would you not want to make sure they will be as happy and fulfilling as you can make them?
What stage of career change are you in?