True call­ing

Northern Living - - CONTENTS -

“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been asked ‘ What do you want to be when you grow up?’” says ca­reer coach Em­i­lie Wap­nick in one of her TEDTalks. You can’t deny that this ques­tion has been asked by your ti­tas, titos, lo­los, and lo­las dozens of times. Did you ever give a straight an­swer? Did you re­ally be­come what you said you wanted to be?

There was a time when hon­ing stu­dents’ mul­ti­ple in­tel­li­gence be­came a trend in the aca­demic world. Ev­ery­one was re­quired to try out dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties or sub­ject mat­ters from dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories: aca­demic, cre­ative, and kines­thetic. It was used as a strat­egy to help the stu­dent choose one that he/she is most in­ter­ested in. But what if you can’t just choose one?

In this is­sue, we dis­cover a new la­bel for in­di­vid­u­als who chose to take mul­ti­ple paths all at once: the mul­ti­po­ten­tialite.

Some can see it as detri­men­tal to one’s ca­reer be­cause of not be­ing able to fo­cus, hone, and po­ten­tially mas­ter a sin­gle skill. Wap­nick iden­ti­fies three mul­ti­po­ten­tialite su­per pow­ers: syn­the­sis, rapid learn­ing, and adapt­abil­ity.

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