How to Be Everything

How to Be Everything

A Guide for Those Who (still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow up

Book - 2017 | First edition
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What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't.

Having a lot of different interests, projects and curiosities doesn't make you a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none." Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky. What you are is a multipotentialite: someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And that is actually your biggest strength.

How to Be Everything helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Based on her popular TED talk, "Why some of us don't have one true calling", Emilie Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice. Instead of suggesting that you specialize, choose a niche or accumulate 10,000 hours of practice in a single area, Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around ALL of your passions.

You'll discover:

* Why your multipotentiality is your biggest strength, especially in today's uncertain job market.

* How to make a living and structure your work if you have many skills and interests.

* How to focus on multiple projects and make progress on all of them.

* How to handle common insecurities such as the fear of not being the best, the guilt associated with losing interest in something you used to love and the challenge of explaining "what you do" to others.

Not fitting neatly into a box can be a beautiful thing. How to Be Everything teaches you how to design a life, at any age and stage of your career, that allows you to be fully you, and find the kind of work you'll love.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062566652
Branch Call Number: ANF 158.1 WAP
Characteristics: x, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 04, 2019

I enjoyed and gained a lot from reading this cutting edge book. Emilie has done an invaluable service in naming those of us who have never been able to adapt to the specialist model, due to our insatiable and diverse curiosity of myriad fields to shift our focus from trying to contort into that ill-fitting box and instead expand into a more comprehensive vision of our Lives. I found the four Work Models useful, the Superpower list inspiring and the continuous examples of multipotentialites' experiences insightful. This will continue to be a reference book for me and I would highly recommend it to all those who dream of a Life that doesn't conform.

Apr 23, 2019

This book is a must read for anyone who is trying to figure out what to do with themselves, with many options in front of them. I wish I had read this in highschool. I think it should be mandatory reading for high school students and anyone entering college especially for those entering because it’s the “ right thing to do”.
Relevant for adults of any age, or anyone looking for a change, because it’s never to late to find a career/life path that fulfills you.

Mar 15, 2018

I felt about ten years too old to be reading this but I would have encouraged my college-aged self to give this a whirl.


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Nov 04, 2019

"The modern world isn't always friendly to multipotentialites. As a result, many of us grow up with feelings of self-doubt, low self-esteem, and other mental health issues. Multipotentialites in teens is associated with depression, anxiety, overwhelm, existential dilemmas, and guilt about the inability to choose or about changing directions. These feelings can persist into adulthood, causing a lot of pain, and holding us back from stepping into our potentials... The truth is that you aren't lacking a destiny or purpose. There is a very good reason for your insatiable curiosity: you're someone who's going to shake things up, create something novel, solve complex, multidimensional problems, make people's lives better in your own unique way. Whatever your destinies are, you can't step into them while stifling your multipotentiality. You must embrace it and use it." Part I - Chapter 1 - pgs. 15 & 16

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