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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Emilie Wapnick (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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GET THIS BOOK

Just what I needed. EXACTLY what I needed to hear! Powerful man... Just powerful! Thanks Emily.

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Feels like coming home...

So many moments of recognition, laughter, sighs: this is so me! Another meaningful contribution to understanding who I am. Thanks for sharing.

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I finally have a name for this “thing”

I heard Emily’s ted talk and I’m happy she wrote this book. I’ll keep it on heavy rotation when I need affirmation that being multi-passionate doesn’t make me flakey. Rather, it keeps me interested in life.

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Much needed

I wish I had found this earlier in life. I used to think I was a lost cause because I couldn’t just pick one interest to pursue in my professional life. Now I understand that I’m ok, I have a great palette of colorful experiences to mush together and bring much more value into the things I do. Thank you Emilie Wapnick for this wonderful book. You saved me from feeling like I didn’t have a place in this world.

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Great book if you want to do more than one thing.

If you are kind of persons who love to do many things, I think that this is the book for you.

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Multipotentiolite must read

Multipotentiolite must read. Book was easy to read/listen to, narrator good, glad to know some new facts.

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Great book. It was refreshing and helpful. I'll be listening to it again and again.

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Must-read for multipotentialites

This is a fantastic book for people like me that have a myriad of interests and passions, and that want to pursue several of them professionally. The world promotes us to focus on one career choice and looks down upon those of us with a wide skill set or range of expertise. And there is virtually no promotion of life-long learning, at least not in general. But this book helps you break free from the less is more conditioning and helps you to realize that having many passions and skills is actually a good thing, and gives you tips on how to pursue 'passion projects' or become an entrepreneur.

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  • Sylvia
  • 05-06-18

Great for "New" Multipotentialites

If you have just recently realised that you're a multipotentialite, I highly recommend this book. It gives some practical information on how to find a balance between your different interests.
However, I didn't get much new information out of this book as I've already been working doing many different things for years. So if like me you've already found a way to include your many different passions in your life, I don't think this book is really necessary for you.

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  • Shreya
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Great, informative book

I've been needing this book for a while. I have one big critique of it though- it doesn't talk about the "how". Exactly how did the people interviewed for this book change between career fields or start their own businesses all the time meeting their financial goals? This is the main source of anxiety to me and it has never been answered by anyone.

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  • Kathryn De Jesus
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Embrace the weird in you!

If you have ever felt like a lone wolf or a black sheep because of your varied & mismatched interests, by the end of this book you will happily embrace & celebrate this weirdness in you. Even more, you will learn how to use your seemingly scattered pursuits to your advantage & build a sustainable life as a mutipotenialite!