Why some of us don’t have one true calling

How many times have you heard successful people describe a moment of epiphany, usually when they were very young, when they realised what they wanted to be when they grew up? In a moment of extreme clarity, they saw their lives unfold before them, and began their journey along a very straight and obvious path to success. They had found their One True Calling.

It’s a really common trope, so common that we often judge ourselves negatively if we don’t experience it. But not everyone has a One True Calling, and that’s a good thing. The world needs people who are interested in and study lots of different subjects, whom Emilie Wapnick calls “multipotentialites”, just as much as it needs specialists. Indeed, exciting things happen on the boundaries between different skill sets and fields of endeavour, and life as a multipotentialite is exciting, fun and, well, full of potential!


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