“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Perhaps, like Emilie Wapnick, you had too many interests.
I know that feeling. As I said before, I was never the Good Ten but I always liked many different things. And we are taught as children we have to pick one thing or another. You can’t be a guitar player and a basketball player and an entrepreneur. Wapnick talks about “multipotentialites.” These are people who are “scanners” and “synthesizers” and “rapid learners”. This rings true for my life and to me these are exactly the type of people who are most valuable in business. They are not specialists but they are creative, innovative, and able to see patterns, mix good ideas, become experts quickly, and move forward. Wapnick says we dismiss those people socially but they’re very valuable and if we can get over that stigma ourselves we can be more authentic.
Excuse me Elena (my daughter) for asking you the what-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up question.