You’re probably wondering what a “Multi-passionate” individual (also known as a: Multi-potentialite, Scanner, Renaissance Soul, and Polymath) actually is, right? So, let me explain… Or, rather, I’m going to let Emilie Wapnick (of explain, as she said it perfectly:

multi-potentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life.

Multi-potentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multi-potentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

Multi-potentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.

When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.


The aspect of multipotentiality that worries multi-potentialites the most is the tendency to become bored. Boredom usually hits once we’ve learned what we are meant to learn on a particular topic, and instead of moving on, we try to continue down a path we’re no longer interested in. Boredom is our body’s way of telling us that it’s time to move on to something new.

Multi-potentialites don’t define “finishing” the way a specialist (and indeed, most of society) does. We learn what we came to learn and then move on to the next interest. This may not always look like “finishing” to the outside world, but it is…

{Read more at Emilie’s website, Puttylike}

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