Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Creating Balance & Embracing Your Multipotentialite Personality

“Balance is not something you find,
It’s something you create.”

Scanner, Renaissance person, Multipotentialite...ever heard of these terms?

Of course, you must know the more common saying, ‘Jack of all trades’?

‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ said the world, But you know what they left out?

‘Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one

The world had us believe that being well-versed in multiple disciplines was a limitation or an affliction that one had to
overcome. And so, many like me, who dabbled in multiple passions as a kid, was forced to choose one path as an
adult, find their one true calling or choose a one dimensional career.

It took me years to unlearn what the world had fed me, and finally appreciate and embrace my ‘multipotentialite’
personality. A big big shout out to Emilie Wapnick, who coined this term and whose TED talk had me furiously nodding
all along.

In my transition from a 9-5 banking professional to an entrepreneur, I have had to push past many fears. A major
struggle, one that often still overwhelms me, are balancing my multiple passions. I am a freelance writer
and photographer, and building a dance start up from ground zero. Also a dancer, a blogger, by default a project
manager, and an aspiring ‘best selling author’.

Expanding. Exploring. Learning. Growing.

Life is to short to be limiting. But I’ll be honest, the struggle is real. Here are few things I’ve learnt over the past year
that have helped me create a balance:

Tips on Creating Balance Between Your Multiple Passions

Know your Why.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
Knowing your Why, your purpose, can help put things in perspective. It helped me to give all my creative
pursuits a common thread. One that I hold on to tightly whenever I feel anxiety hitting me. Once I knew my why,
I realised my diverse interests served a common goal and actually complemented each other.
Telling a story, through words or photography or dance, that is my why.
Helping dancers tell their story (and reach their goals), is the why of my dance start up.

Work with, not against, your natural instincts.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? When are you most productive during the day? Are you deadline
driven or task/result oriented? Making a personal schedule that incorporates your natural work/productivity flow will help in creating a balance.

Make a personal schedule that compliment your natural tendencies.
Making a daily to-do list became fairly daunting as the list was never short, so I switched to writing down weekly
goals. Instead of time blocking, I switched to blocking my days - Writing day, Admin day, Queries and PItch day,
and so on. I have a particular day blocked for one major creative pursuit, that is the priority of the day. But,
you’ll have client calls or website glitches or that one big idea that you have to discuss with your team,
that will divide your attention. But dealing with these curve balls gets easier once you have a thought out
schedule. If you have the map, you can get back to your road even when diverted once in a while.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
You won’t always be able to put in the same amount of work everyday. You may not always be able to stick to
your schedule. Tell yourself that it’s okay. On low productivity days, don’t feel defeated. Instead, track your small

Expand your network. Build your community.
Not everyone understands the nature and the needs of a multipotentialite. There will always be people who
will tell you to ‘find your niche’ or to ‘focus on one thing’. The  narrow society will try to push you once again
into the narrow one dimensional life.
Don’t listen to them. Expand your network and finding voices similar to yours. Share your stories, build
each other up. You’ll find there are many multi-creative souls out there. Living their best life. Designing their
best life.

As multipotentialites, we usually have a lot going on. Trust yourself. Trust your journey. Create your balance.

Article first published in Unread Magazine -

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