The Artist’s Way meets What Color Is Your Parachute? in this practical, prescriptive guide based on a popular TEDx talk about creating a unique career path from many different interests and passions
For many people today, the traditional, career approach to professional success and life satisfaction doesn’t work. While we are pressured to choose one single direction and work in a linear way towards that goal, the truth is that we aren’t wired that way—many of us (maybe most) don’t have “one true calling.” Rather, we have a range of diverse interests and many interlocking potentials. Entrepreneurial expert and creative career coach Emilie Wapnick argues that this “multipotentiality” is actually our biggest strength, especially in today’s uncertain job market. Instead of resisting our wandering curiosity and seemingly unrelated interests, she encourages us to embrace our diverse passions and skills, and channel them to work for us.
In How to Be Everything, Emilie introduces a simple method of identifying the best career fit for each reader’s unique personality and provides exercises to identify the possible logistical and emotional hurdles that can stand in the way of success. She supplies concrete tools to recognize and develop creative career ideas, as well as inspiration and advice for coping with the anxiety inherent in diverting from a more conventional career path. Emilie clearly and comfortingly guides readers forward in today’s turbulent economy, while offering insights and solutions for a new generation of workers eager to abandon traditional school and work structures.
Not fitting neatly into a box can be a beautiful thing. Whether you are a recent graduate, a seasoned worker changing jobs in midlife, or newly retired and looking for the next challenge, How to Be Everything teaches you how to design a life that allows you to be fully you, and find the kind of work you’ll love.
“We are all unique, so why does there only seem to be one path towards success? How to Be Everything throws out this one-size-fits-all approach and explains how to make our diverse skills sets work for us. When we embrace our varied interests and personalities, we let our true talents emerge, and ironically, achieve far more than we would by sticking to the traditional route.”
—Todd Rose, Harvard University scientist, co-founder and president of the Center for Individual Opportunity, and author of The End of Average
“This book will fundamentally change the lives of millions of people who have been told (erroneously) that they are broken because they cannot focus on one thing. Emilie brings hope, tools, inspiration and affirmation to the most misunderstood and undervalued segment of our society: multipotentialites. I raise my fist in solidarity, and celebrate this groundbreaking book!”
—Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work and Escape from Cubicle Nation
“If, like me, you’ve struggled in finding your place in a world that rewards conformity, you know that choosing a single profession or interest isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Fortunately, you’re no longer alone in this belief—Emilie’s How to Be Everything is a beautiful guide that will give you practical tools to help you find your way without losing yourself.”
—Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
About the Author:
Emilie Wapnick is a speaker, career coach, blogger, and community leader, and the founder and creative director at Puttylike.com, which helps multipotentialites integrate their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. She has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, the Financial Times, Huffington Post and Lifehacker, and her TEDx talk, “Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling,” has been viewed 3 million times, in thirty-four languages worldwide. She has been a workshop facilitator and a guest speaker at universities, high schools, and organizations across the United States and internationally. She lives in Portland, Oregon.