How to Be Everything
A Guide for Those Who (still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow upBook - 2017 | First edition
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.
* 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.
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"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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