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“Multipotentiality is the state of having many exceptional talents, any one or more of which could make for a great career for that person. Gifted children often (though of course not always) have multipotentiality. Their advanced intellectual abilities and their intense curiosity make them prime candidates for excelling in multiple areas. This can be both a blessing and a curse.”
Gifted education specialist Tamara Fisher – from post: Multipotentiality: multiple talents, multiple challenges
Many multitalented people explore and implement a variety of interests in multiple fields. One example is Dean Kamen – an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology….
In her Psychology Today post “Multipotentiality: When High Ability Leads to Too Many Options,” Lisa Rivero notes multipotentiality can be both a blessing and a curse and “adults with multipotentiality may find themselves drifting from job to job, unable to settle in any spot long enough to know if it would satisfy over the long term, feeling that their lives and careers are a hodge-podge of failed attempts.”
But we can also view and use that “hodge-podge” positively. — From my post: Realizing multiple passions
“Imagine having a business that allows you to focus on many of your interests and use all of your skills on a regular basis. In Renaissance Business, you’ll learn to use your multipotentiality so that instead of it being an obstacle to income, it becomes fuel for income.”
Emilie Wapnick – from post: The Renaissance Business system for the Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur
She is author of the ebook program Renaissance Business –
See more info on the page Resources For Multi-Passionate Entrepreneurs.
Keep learning – One resource is the CreativeLive learning site:
The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius
by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
My book: Developing Multiple Talents – The personal side of creative expression
“Part book about creativity, part compendium of useful tidbits, quotations and research, and part annotated bibliography, this is a wildly useful and highly entertaining resource.”
– Stephanie S. Tolan, fiction writer and consultant on the needs of the gifted.
“The book is kaleidoscopical, just like the subject he describes.”
– Willem Kuipers, counselor for extra intelligent people; author of the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon.
“Packed full of insights and resources for the creative life, Developing Multiple Talents offers new ways to thrive as a creative person. Douglas Eby addresses many of the issues we face – fear, lack of confidence and focus – allowing the creative person to feel understood and ultimately empowered.” – Cynthia Morris, Writing and creativity coach.
Book site with more reviews and purchase options for PDF and paperback versions.
Scanners – a term used by Barbara Sher
“Unlike those people who seem to find and be satisfied with one area of interest, you’re genetically wired to be interested in many things, and that’s exactly what you’ve been trying to do.”
From article Are You a Scanner?, by Barbara Sher.
Making Dreams Happen Program with Barbara Sher, Barbara Winter, Valerie Young and other successful entrepreneurs –
“Whether you dream of starting your own import-export business… writing a best-selling novel… owning a dude ranch… working with kids… helping underprivileged families… whatever your passion… deep inside you know what you really love to do, the life you dream of having. Through the Program, you’ll learn how to harness that vision… and build a life around it that not only provides you a living… but feeds your spirit, too.”
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Facebook pages related to high ability / multipotentiality
Multitalented posts on my main Talent Development Resources site.
An Intense Life – a blog with multiple authors