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Life as a multipotentialite: Why being a virtual assistant isn’t the only thing I do

Life as a scanner

Why I don’t have ‘one true calling’

You know when you are sat with a careers adviser at school (if you were lucky enough to even have one?!) and they ask you what job you’d like to have when you are older? Well, I didn’t ever really know. Sometimes I thought I did. And then I started the job and realised that actually no, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Because quite frankly, I don’t want to do one thing forever and ever for the rest of my life. And I never have done. I like variety. I like change. I like things to be interesting. And I certainly don’t like the idea of doing the same thing every day for the rest of my life.

Being a multipotentialite, otherwise known as a scanner, renaissance person or generalist essentially means you have many different interests and creative pursuits. Unlike individuals who become highly specialist in one chosen topic or career field, a multipotentialite has no ‘one true calling’ and instead will more likely find happiness by trying different things and creating a career that incorporates lots of different interests.

It’s for this reason that I don’t just work as a virtual assistant. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love being organised and supporting other businesses with their work. However I couldn’t do it every single day for the rest of my life – I need more than that. And so, alongside the work I do for my virtual assistant business I also run an online support for hub for introverted business owners, I do a bit of freelance writing, and now and again I also do a bit of work in a school.

Are you a multipotentialite?

If this blog post rings true for you to, then I highly recommend checking out Emilie Wapnick’s TED talk ‘why some of us don’t have one true calling’. The first time I discovered Emilie and her website Puttylike I felt this overwhelming sense of relief that I didn’t just have to choose just one thing. Her guide Renaissance Business is also fab and is all about turning your various interests into one business.


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