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How to Be Everything

A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't.

Having a lot of different interests, projects, and curiosities doesn't make you a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none". Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky. What you are is a multipotentialite: someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And that is actually your biggest strength.

How to Be Everything helps you channel your diverse passions and skills to work for you. Based on her popular TED talk "Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling", Emilie Wapnick flips the script on conventional career advice. Instead of suggesting that you specialize, choose a niche, or accumulate 10,000 hours of practice in a single area, Wapnick provides a practical framework for building a sustainable life around all of your passions.

You'll discover:

  • Why your multipotentiality is your biggest strength, especially in today's uncertain job market
  • How to make a living and structure your work if you have many skills and interests
  • How to focus on multiple projects and make progress on all of them
  • How to handle common insecurities such as the fear of not being the best, the guilt associated with losing interest in something you used to love, and the challenge of explaining "what you do" to others

Not fitting neatly into a box can be a beautiful thing. How to Be Everything teaches you how to design a life, at any age and stage of your career, that allows you to be fully you and find the kind of work you'll love.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Emilie Wapnick (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great, informative book

I've been needing this book for a while. I have one big critique of it though- it doesn't talk about the "how". Exactly how did the people interviewed for this book change between career fields or start their own businesses all the time meeting their financial goals? This is the main source of anxiety to me and it has never been answered by anyone.

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I'm a multipotentialite!

Good introduction to multipotentialites. Some of the advice gets a bit samey towards then end of the book. Great exercises though and some excellent tips

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Great for "New" Multipotentialites

If you have just recently realised that you're a multipotentialite, I highly recommend this book. It gives some practical information on how to find a balance between your different interests.
However, I didn't get much new information out of this book as I've already been working doing many different things for years. So if like me you've already found a way to include your many different passions in your life, I don't think this book is really necessary for you.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-03-18

GET THIS BOOK

Just what I needed. EXACTLY what I needed to hear! Powerful man... Just powerful! Thanks Emily.

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  • J. Verdouw
  • 19-02-18

Feels like coming home...

So many moments of recognition, laughter, sighs: this is so me! Another meaningful contribution to understanding who I am. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jessica Bingaman
  • 18-12-19

Finally I can BE me.

I have listened to this book several times. Even contacted Emilie through puttylike.com.

I have waited for 51 years to come out as a multipotentialite/Polypractitioner. I built an entire organization of people who demonstrate the qualities and talents.

Thank you Emily and the Puttytribe!

Brett "Brit" Bingaman

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  • Amair
  • 05-12-19

Loved it

I really feel connected with all that Emily Wapnick had to say in this book, It's been really helpful to find my niche in this world, and answering some of my questions about wether or not there's a place for someone like me in the work world.

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  • Sulpicia
  • 15-10-19

Fabulous book for Multipotentialites!

If you are constantly fascinated by different things and want to do them all, this is the book to help you find direction and use your capacities to the fullest! It was so useful to hear that I'm not the only one and to learn about some concrete strategies for surviving as someone with a plethora of interests

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  • Randy
  • 03-09-19

overall great read

As a multipotentialite I couldn't pay attention but so much ;) truthfully though, the book gives voice and hope for those who have many passions but can't decide how to prioritize.

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  • zennjennc
  • 24-05-19

Great book for those who don't fit one thing.

This was a great book for those who don't fit one thing and struggle to figure out how they fit in to the workplace. The book offers some great templates, productivity resources, and some great stories for those of us who are more than one

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  • LauraFC
  • 26-01-19

ok

I loved her TedTalk and I wanted to know more about her tips and experiences, but this book only gives generical and obvious advice. I think I was expecting too much from a girl who accurately described my personality, but all the information here just wasn't enough not good. I am dissappointed, but aware that some people will find this book helpful

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  • The Mrs.
  • 30-08-18

I finally have a name for this “thing”

I heard Emily’s ted talk and I’m happy she wrote this book. I’ll keep it on heavy rotation when I need affirmation that being multi-passionate doesn’t make me flakey. Rather, it keeps me interested in life.

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  • dlcam61
  • 03-06-18

Much needed

I wish I had found this earlier in life. I used to think I was a lost cause because I couldn’t just pick one interest to pursue in my professional life. Now I understand that I’m ok, I have a great palette of colorful experiences to mush together and bring much more value into the things I do. Thank you Emilie Wapnick for this wonderful book. You saved me from feeling like I didn’t have a place in this world.