Well, I'm a lot of things. Let's just say that I am a multipotentialite. One of the things I love doing the most is something new.
I have a habit of finding new things to enjoy doing. In high school and college, I was involved in about 10 different clubs, organizations and teams (though in college I added and dropped interests and activities several times a semester). This trend continued as I tried to find my place in the world, the job I wanted, and the hobbies I enjoyed. It was here, in my post collegiate years, that this trend started to bother me. As I struggled through trying to find an interest that I could focus my career around, I became quite frustrated and slightly depressed.
A few months ago I was reminiscing with a friend about how much I enjoyed writing Dungeons and Dragons campaigns but did not have a steady job that would allow me to do so. He (somewhat jokingly) suggested that I "forget the job and write campaigns professionally." I took it to heart and researched how to turn my passion for D&D into a career. I found others who had done this successfully, and found that they had twice the experience and still didn't make the salary that I needed. I moved onto my next passion.
I made a habit out of this process, getting really interested in a passion of mine, doing research and having my brief dreams dashed. No wonder I was frustrated and depressed! This pattern continued through podcasting, guitar playing, map making, programming, script writing, and about 50 other hobbies. I was always looking for my next career in my hobbies.
One project that I stuck with over the course of around six months was a career change. I spent three months taking tests, talking with people, and exploring options as I tried to figure out a career change. The next three months was devoted to applying for job, and working through the application process. During this time a few things kept revealing themselves to me:
I have a lot of interests that range in a number of fields.
The job that I had at the time had developed into a "jack of all trades" position, and I enjoyed it.
There are other people out there with the same ability to jump from project to project, field to field, and interest to interest.
Eventually, I found a position that would allow me to utilize my "jack of all trades" mind, in a field that really interested me. Around this time I came across Emilie Wapnick’s TED Talk. This presentation spurred me to think about my "jack of all trades" mindset as an asset, not a curse. With permission to be a "multipotentialite" as Wapnick puts it, and acceptance for who I am, I finally let myself be okay with having a wide range of interests and a desire to work in a ton of different fields.
My hope with this website is to utilize all my interests and my sporadic mind to create something awesome. As I go from project to project, I’ll set goals for myself (so I actually have something to show for my work) and document it all.
Join me as I do,