This tongue-twisting term was coined by Emilie Wapnick based on the psychological term “Multipotentiality”, which according to Wikipedia means:
“Multipotentiality is an educational and psychological term referring to the ability and preference of a person, particularly one of strong intellectual or artistic curiosity, to excel in two or more different fields.
It can also refer to an individual whose interests span multiple fields or areas, rather than being strong in just one. Such traits are called multipotentialities, while “multipotentialites” has been suggested as a name for those with this trait.
By contrast, those whose interests lie mostly within a single field are called ‘specialists.'” Source
Basically, someone who is interested in more than one thing.
Since I have always been keen to learn and try new things, I couldn’t understand how anyone wanted to be pigeonholed, or stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. I put this down to lack of drive and/or ambition. Once I started working I started to wonder if maybe I was over-ambitious, and over-driven to pursue and excel at everything I put my mind to. Was there something wrong with me? Was I wrong to want to experiment? to do more than what one job description determined I would do?
Asking the question all through my youth, and most of my working career, I was thrilled when I found Emilie and her site Puttylike. I realised that I’m not alone. There isn’t anything wrong with me, I’m different from the ‘norm’, because I have the ability to learn new skills and put them into practice with relative ease.
Are you a multipotentialite? Or do you know of any?