Summary of Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

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Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling summary
If you’re a jack-of-all-trades, this masterful talk will help you value your “multipotential.”


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Are you a jack-of-all-trades, master of none? Society once viewed such individuals as fickle drifters, but author Emilie Wapnick takes a contrarian view. She calls people with curiosity about many different fields “multipotentialites” and explains why they frequently bring more to the table than specialists and boast characteristics that are in high demand in today’s complex work environment. getAbstract recommends Wapnick’s polished talk to anyone who resists the pressure to focus on one discipline in favor of exploring myriad domains.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What it means to be a “multipotentialite,”
  • Why mainstream society doesn’t value multipotentiality and
  • What strengths multipotentialites bring to the workplace.


“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is not an easy question for people with a diverse array of interests. Such individuals devote themselves to one area until they become competent, whereby it ceases to be challenging. So they move on to a new interest, investing time, energy and money in...
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About the Speaker

Author and artist Emilie Wapnick is the founder and creative director of Puttylike, a website for multipotentialites.

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    Ronnie Rodelas 2 years ago
    This summary made me understand myself better. Thank you!
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    Stephen King 2 years ago
    Good short summary but hungry to know more!

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