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Emilie Wapnick helps people design a business around multiple passions...

Emilie Wapnick is a beacon of light in a world which constantly shouts out choose your passion, follow your bliss, or do what you love

She wisely follows her own path, using her strengths as what she terms a Multi-potentialite.

She is the go to career counsellor for people who can't decide what they want to do because they cannot choose just one option.

People who have multiple interests and passions and procrastinate for ever about starting a business because they can't just pick the one idea.

Well, you don't have to and she explains why at her TED Talk

She has been a very popular TED Talk speaker because her message resonates with so many people around the world.

She has created a wonderful course called Renaissance Business

and here is how she describes what she offers in her course...

The Renaissance Business takes you step-by-step, through the entire process of creating and launching a digital business; from figuring out your passions and crafting an overarching theme, to thinking up a title, tagline and design, to growing and selling through your community.

Unlike most material on business, the RB approach takes a uniquely multipotentialite perspective.

In other words, I will never push you to choose a niche.

Instead of “overcoming” your desire to do many things, we’re going to use your multipotentiality as a foundation for your business. It’s what will set you apart and make your community thrive.

Her frame work is the best thing out there if you are desperate to do your own thing but you keep falling at the fence of changing your mind.

This weekend you are up for cake decorating, next week you want to play your musical instrument, by the end of the month you have also fitted in camping and wood whittling.

No wonder you are confused and disappointed and you beat yourself up constantly because you just can't settle with one thing without, in your words, "getting bored".

Well, I promise you, you are not alone and more people are like you than you can imagine.

She gives you everything you need to get going

  • 103 page PDF that takes you from scratch, through the process of building a business around your interests.
  • 10 pages of worksheets and exercises to lighten the load and simplify the brainstorming process.
  • A launch schedule and checklist to guide you through the most important actions to take before your launch.
  • Free email updates

She also has a very popular and really helpful forum filled with people just like you so you can feel very much at home with your group.

I also like the Emilie Wapnick blog, her website is called Puttylike and she calls it a home for multipotentialites.

If you want to join her group, The Putty Tribe she only opens the door now and then so join the waiting list.

The Renaissance Business Course is available all year round

Emilie Wapnick latest book - How to be everything? 

Adding more to this under rated conversation, Emilie has written another book, and shares in the byline it is

A Guide for those who still don't know what they want to be when they grown up

It is a book about not fitting in with convention and she explains

  • 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.

She breaks down the myth of the one true calling, something a lot of us think we need to be looking/aiming for.

She goes on to ask...

What type of person are you?

If you are person who cannot decide what you want, then you might have one of several personality types.

  • Polymath
  • Renaissance Person
  • Jack Of All Trades
  • Generalist
  • Scanner

The polymath is someone who knows a lot about many things or someone who has encyclopedic learning.

The renaissance person is someone who knows a lot about may things.

The jack of all trades, is handy and versatile and can do passable work at various tasks.

The generalist is one whose skills, interests and habits are varied or unspecialised.

The scanner is someone with intense curiosity about numerous unrelated subjects.

To make you even more interesting

You may have a dozen projects on the go at once or decided to work on something, on subject at a time.


This makes you either simultaneous or sequential as a multipotentialite.

Does it make your head spin or are you nodding your heading now, thinking "this makes sense?"

Your road map to your end game is not a straight line as Emilie Wapnick wisely points out.

Nor is there only one work model for you.

In fact there are 4 work models to help you create your perfect life.

What about problems? You are right to ask..

Of course you may encounter some along the way and she helps you perfectly navigate them in a chapter aptly named...

Fear, Confidence and dealing with people who don't understand

She deftly leads you towards the answer(s) to the dreaded and constant  question from society...

And what do you do?

She also helps you navigate your particular way of doing things with suggestions about productivity and how to organise yourself to get the most out of what you are doing, when you are doing it.

So, I highly recommend Emilie

This book  How To Be Everything  is hands down the most thought out and well written book on the subject for a modern day multi-potentialite.

I hope you find Emilie Wapnick both interesting and useful.

I think she is brilliant and has really grasped how a lot of people feel and really inspires them to design a life and career/business around who they truly are.

She really wants you to experience

Money, meaning and variety in your life in the way you need it as a a multipotentialite

I hope she inspires you too and you get what you need from her book.

To your success...


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